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12-08-2004 08:59 PM  13 years agoPost 21
pruettsk

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I'll look into Reflex XTR... might be cool to rig it up to a projector

Regarding the coolpix stuff, the *only* reason I'd consider them is because of the fc-e9. I shoot quicktime VRs and I need the full view it offers. I'd shoot with the fish aiming straight down (this is why I like those broadcast mounts b/c of the gimbal characteristic), so there's really no need to worry about aiming them. I'm pretty sure those cams have a continuous shooting mode (if not, there's a wired remote that'll enable this), and I would have no problem sending it up to take a pic every 10-15 seconds or so. 2-4gb CF cards are getting cheap enough that I could fill one of them up on a flight, find the images that work for what I need, and trash the rest.

I already own a sigma 8mm, and have access to a canon 15mm if need be. I really don't want to go back to film, but we'll see. I have a canon D60, but it's not a full-frame sensor, thus it crops the 8mm circular fisheye image.... no problem to use if I'm on the ground b/c I can stitch multiple frames, but it's a huge drawback in the air where that luxury is non-existent short of a 1Ds or a SLR/c.

Interesting tip about the minoltas... where do you stick the paper clip? in the remote socket?

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12-08-2004 09:52 PM  13 years agoPost 22
KC

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yep, in the socket. I didnt ever want to try it before I 'retired' my 7xi, but if you trip the circuit, you can trip the shutter or change focus depending on which prongs you connect...beats using the rc1000 cables

I have seen someone claiming to use the fce9 on a minolta z3 somewhere on the internet. I havent used an fce9 outside of a store, but I have used my 5400 a lot, I wouldnt recommend it if you are considering 1 series cameras as your benchmark, the shutter lag on the compacts is too inconsistent to be versatile.


why the aversion to film? youre going to save yourself a few grand sticking with it for w/a work until you understand how the helis and cameras will work together.

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12-08-2004 10:30 PM  13 years agoPost 23
pruettsk

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cool, thanks for the minolta tips.

I don't have a huge aversion to film; I've just been spoiled by the flexibility of shooting digital with RAW formats, and the fact that I can edit immediately vs. waiting for processing.

the 1-series really aren't my benchmark, although the 1Ds Mk1 is just slightly under the resolution mark of the Canon 6mp 1.6x DSLRs (D60, 10D) *only* coupled with an 8mm fish.

I know I'd save a few grand with film, and chances are I'll start that route unless I can find a way to get a 6mp+ camera to couple with a circular fish without spending a minimum of $3500 (cost for the SLR/c) to go full-frame digital. Believe me, I'm all for being cost-efficient... but I want a certain quality as well.

I'm definitely not ignoring the fact that I need decent flying skills first... don't worry, I'm not dumb.

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12-09-2004 10:57 PM  13 years agoPost 24
KC

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sorry if I was being a little dotish

that minolta cable deal is fun, I'm building a pressure pad trigger for it now

ok I'm geeking, but heres another cool thing if you want to try some other remote stuff with a minolta, nikon sb800s and sb600s can slow synched to the minolta wireless flash, but only in manual mode....thats cool to me because I sold all my minolta flashes to get a d70 and it has that ****ty IR only, line-of-sight release heh heh.

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12-10-2004 05:31 AM  13 years agoPost 25
fitenfyr

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IR release
KC,
Get one of the http://www.gentles.info/KAP/gentled/index.htm IR senssors.
The work great and you can get wireless with that.

Jason Stiffey
Fly Fast....Live Slow...

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