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01-28-2007 10:48 PM  12 years ago
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c130pilot

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I've gotta ask again... anyone have a Mast they want to sell?
Looking for a photo mast... at least 40' - prefer 50'+, don't want to spend more on it than on my helis. Let me know if you have anything. Thanks!

Tim
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01-29-2007 01:14 AM  12 years ago
rroback

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I've been looking for a mast also, but it seems they are rarely for sale. I've called a few companies, but it's hard to find the taller ones... any sources you've found for new ones?Rhett..... I can't fly, but the Profi sure can.
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01-29-2007 01:50 AM  12 years ago
GMcNair

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Tim, I just have to ask...why are you unwilling to spend as much or more on a mast than a heli? Is it a principles or value thing? With masts, you'll definitely get what you pay for, no question.

Greg
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01-29-2007 02:18 AM  12 years ago
BungeeMike

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I may have a lead on one, skycam Kailua Oahu had one for sale, not sure if he sold it, not sure what he posts under here although shipping might be a bit pricy unless you use a freight forwarder, I also saw some on ebay the other night.
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01-29-2007 02:25 AM  12 years ago
c130pilot

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Greg,

Simply put - because it's a STICK!!!!!!

I guess it really is a principles thing. I don't need hydraulics, I don't even need pneumatics... I just need a telescoping tripod more or less. I just can't believe that what I have seen in this area run in the 3-5K range! All with no internal combustion engine or really many moving parts or gyros or governors etc etc...

The other (major) part of why is my budget!

Tim
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01-29-2007 02:35 AM  12 years ago
HawkEyeMedia

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http://bird-shots.com/pap_kit.htm

Build a 55' mast for under $1500. That's a little less than you'll pay for a gasser kit, without all the accessories.

It's manufactured using steel EMT sections. All but 2 of them can be purchased from Home Depot.
Mark LaBoyteaux
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01-29-2007 09:01 AM  12 years ago
CKY

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Have built my own. It has been a great learning experience and the price of the commercial units can now be seen as being justified.

A good mast will cost a few bucks, the mounting hardware, pump etc. and camera head are the biggest challange. Getting the right parts at an affordable price that are reliable to an indusrial level is a major undertaking.

A mast for AP is near the same cost as a good heli for AP, it is all the other costs that make it a major investment.

The up side, no insurance issues, at least not to the level of helis.

Most shots are below the 50 foot maximum height. You will be surprized how just a "few" feet of elevation will enhance most subjects.

Making a new camera head is now my main project. Have all the parts finally and will be mounted very shortly. Will require a seven channel radio to control all the functions. Rotate, tilt, pan(different than rotate), Zoom, landscape/portrait with leveling, shutter release, and pre(live) and post views of pictures.

Not a light mount, and designed around the DSLRs. Hope to have somes pics soon.

I sell the mast shots and throw in the heli when needed.

Chris
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01-29-2007 03:46 PM  12 years ago
GMcNair

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Tim, I kinda had a feeling that was the case. I'd get punished by some ap'ers on here (whose names I will not mention) if I told you how much revenue my stick made me last year. Punished because it isn't an r/c helicopter. I will say this much. My very first shoot with my stick in 2005 was a $3500 video shoot in Georgia. Got one word for ya: capitalized.

It's not what you got, but how you market it. Mine goes up and down at the push of a button, not by having to hand-extend each piece with 3lbs worth of camera on top. I prefer to work out in the gym.
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01-29-2007 04:30 PM  12 years ago
CoastalTom

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It's not what you got, but how you market it. Mine goes up and down at the push of a button, not by having to hand-extend each piece with 3lbs worth of camera on top. I prefer to work out in the gym.
Hey Greg, that's how some of us keep our Adonnis shaped bodies!
Tommy Patterson - Gulf Coast Aerials
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01-29-2007 05:24 PM  12 years ago
snjmkeating

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Here is a tripod.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Complete-Aerial...1QQcmdZViewItem

If this isn't in your budget, then a possible reevaluation of your pricing is in order. As Greg said, CAPITALIZED....

Hope this helps.

Steve
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01-29-2007 05:50 PM  12 years ago
panormc

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Bozeman, Montana USA

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Inexpensive photo mast/tripod setup
Here is an affordable setup that I use.
(basically the same as floatograph, without the extreme markup)

Hastings 40' pole..$400 http://www.utilicor.com/shop/index....facturers_id=10

Heavy duty surveyor's tripod...$200-$350

Custom Askman/Hastings pole vertical carbon mount for Canon 5d.

This provides a fairly solid platform for the 5d weight at 20-30ft, and also use the lighter Canon S70 to go up to 40'. Works great for the occasional need for a higher angle and in lower light situations where heli vibrations are impossible to get a clear shot. (see my gallery for a couple pole panoramic samples)

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01-29-2007 07:02 PM  12 years ago
MPA

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Tim

I would suggest if it is your first rig, it would be prudent to spend only what you need to get the basics.
Then, suck it and see.
If it is working out as a tool that makes you money, then invest more if you see fit to.

Cheers
Dave
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01-29-2007 07:27 PM  12 years ago
skeyecam

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I did some checking with a yahoo search and came up with this one for under $200.00

http://www.wonderpole.com/wp621.html

It mentions digital cameras in the description, seems worth checking into.
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01-30-2007 04:13 AM  12 years ago
Envision

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Wonderpole
As a business you should be able to get it here.

Troy
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