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12-17-2003 06:19 PM  13 years agoPost 21
diZeaZed

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These pics are awesome! Do you guy's use some kind of downlink to see what the camera is seeing before you take the pic, or do you just aim and shoot and hope it turns out?
Stupid question probably, but I really want to know. I'd like to strap a camera to my p-max, but I'm not crazy about the idea of letting dumb luck control my pictures!
Jojo

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12-18-2003 04:01 PM  13 years agoPost 22
Angelos

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I think nearly all of us use downlinks. I certainly do.

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12-18-2003 04:06 PM  13 years agoPost 23
heliraptor

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Only the last couple of shots, prior to that shot from the hip as the guys say

The downlink is useful, but on occasions I can see myself leaving it out until I've streamlined it somewhat.

Lee

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12-18-2003 06:15 PM  13 years agoPost 24
gpyros

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I use a downlink, in fact I shot mostly video with that before getting the still camera setup going. Now I just run the camera video-out to the downllink to see exactly what the camera is seeing.

Greg

Maxi-Joker helicam
Joker-CX helicam
Graupner Jet Ranger (elec)
Raptor-50
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9CH

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12-18-2003 06:18 PM  13 years agoPost 25
Michael Shetler

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Down link

I always use the downlink. With it its hard to get just the right picture sometimes. Without it , it's all luck and I don't have enough time to try to shoot luck each time.
The downlink is a easy system to run and light to cary when you get it set up right. You find after flying a couple of times using it, it becomes second nature. Just as hoving was when you first started. Then after a while you don't think you just hover. Not thinking of what you are doing but yet doing it easy.
So I would say yes use the down link for getting just the right shot.

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12-18-2003 07:27 PM  13 years agoPost 26
jeffschollrrKey Veteran - Whitefish, MT - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

quick shot this morning of the Aquatic Center construction:

cheers,
jeff

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12-18-2003 09:27 PM  13 years agoPost 27
Brett Horton

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DOWNLINK

I just started using the video downlink with my system, Have not gotten used to it yet but I am sure it will make framing alot "Mo Better"

But it is possible to get good pics with out the downlink, just sometimes have to take lots of them (got to love a Digital cam)

Brett Horton
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12-18-2003 09:31 PM  13 years agoPost 28
daggit

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Jezus Jeff... hard to top that scenery!

somehow I knew you'd have something to blow us away... nice

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12-18-2003 09:58 PM  13 years agoPost 29
heliraptor

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Makes you sick doesnt it daggit

Every time I see Jeffs the last post, I can almost guess I'll be seeing beautiful scenery, deep blue water shots, snow topped mountains, or something with a pretty cool winter sports theme.

Even the test shots in his 'backyard' !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Most guys have a Large open expanse, bits of wriggly tin fence, industrial or residential areas, Jeff has the most picturesque 'backyard' ever Plus his house is really cool too (Or your lady's house) ..............................hang on thats even better, way to go Jeff !

Not that I'm complaining , your work is fantastic.

Sort of makes you feel inadequate

Great work Jeff, keep 'em coming.

Lee

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12-19-2003 12:19 AM  13 years agoPost 30
gpyros

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Down link confusion

I think we are talking two separate things here!

A) One is a downlink and glasses so that the heli pilot can see what the camera sees and pilot the heli with it.

B) The other is a downlink and LCD display so that a second person can look at the LCD, see the picture, tell the pilot which way to move, if necessary, and then the second person takes the picture. The pilot is flying normally by looking at the heli.

Both come under the category 'downlink', but are used very dfferently!

I use B. Maybe some of the others who commented could clarify!

Greg Pyros

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12-19-2003 01:46 AM  13 years agoPost 31
jeffscholl

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Hi Lee & daggit,

I spent half a battery pack on the contruction zone shot with the camera turned off
Not uncommon when I skip my morning Java first thing in the morning.

"I'll never leave Montana, brother." (A River Runs Through It)

Cheers,
Jeff

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12-19-2003 02:42 AM  13 years agoPost 32
daggit

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Jeff,

That's funny... been there! My most common mistake is to forget to bring my fuel along! But that's not as bad as the time I forgot to put fuel IN!

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12-19-2003 05:39 AM  13 years agoPost 33
Michael Shetler

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Twin Falls ,Idaho

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Downlink

Jeff great picture and awesome senery by the way.

I like to use the downlink with the glasses. I even take a picture before I leave the ground to make sure the camera is in the right settings. In the glasses it looks just like the camera when you look into the screen. All the functions are there zoom,inf,shutter speed and the counter for how many pictures you are taking. On the new lipo's I can do several different shoots on one charge. The downlink with glasses helps me get the most accurate pictures fast so I don't waste allot of battery. I can take around20-25 good framed pictures in about 2-3 minutes. And with lipo's I'm getting around 30 min. or more flight time. So I'm able to do allot of shoots without messing with a hole lot. I like the downlink system with the glasses.
Mike

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12-19-2003 07:02 AM  13 years agoPost 34
heliraptor

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Hi Michael

Out of interest what glasses are you using??

I use the eyetops.

Jeff, I did exactly the same thing 2 days ago, pretty annoying at the least. Especially when you think you have some great shots

Lee

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12-19-2003 04:05 PM  13 years agoPost 35
Michael Shetler

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Lee,
I have 2 pairs . First I bought the sony glass trons but you can't use them while flying the heli. My buddy used them when I first set up my camera with a diffrent radio. I wanted to do everything myself and bought the Eyetop glasses. http://www.eyetop.net
Mike

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12-19-2003 06:58 PM  13 years agoPost 36
ELOSSAM

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Daggit ,Better to forget the fuel at home than to forget refueling the heli. It happened to me once and started the flying day with the little fuel that usually remains inside the tank. It was my first and the only one auto I did with the camera ship full loaded (except the fuel part ) Want not to repeat the experience
Elossam

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12-19-2003 07:26 PM  13 years agoPost 37
daggit

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ELOSSAM

started the flying day with the little fuel that usually remains inside the tank. It was my first and the only one auto I did with the camera ship full loaded
Ditto...

I did EXACTLY the same thing ONCE. Positive side is that it's the LEAST likely mistake for me to make now. I landed with no damage except to pan/tilt servos (camera tray hit a bump).

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12-19-2003 07:28 PM  13 years agoPost 38
heliraptorrrKey Veteran - Colchester, Essex, UK - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Hi

More 'construction' ish pics from a while back.


Cheers

Lee

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12-19-2003 10:22 PM  13 years agoPost 39
jeffschollrrKey Veteran - Whitefish, MT - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

more construction

Client wanted to show off the ski in/ski out option.


Cheers,
Jeff

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12-19-2003 10:30 PM  13 years agoPost 40
heliraptor

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Jeff

Both gorgeous shots, the second one IMO is the better, just seems sharper, cleaner, but hey............. both are cracking !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look to the right on the bottom picture, just to the right of the crane, and the ski lift on the flat area of the slope.

I was trying to find the shadow of your Joker I thought this was it, but then looking again, its in the wrong place.

Lee

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