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03-03-2008 05:21 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Hogster

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Silly title aside, why do so many of the large heli rigs I've seen use a ball to house the camera? Do they all have a gyro-stabilised mount inside? Or is it to make the heli more aerodynamic? If it's just because of being gyro-stabilised, why the ball?

Or is it just a mine is bigger than yours thing?

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03-03-2008 05:31 PM  10 years agoPost 2
22megatons

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A smoother flow of air over a ball as opposed to a camera and mount.

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03-03-2008 07:02 PM  10 years agoPost 3
kiwidave1

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mine is bigger than yours
Thanks for noticing, yes it is. but don't worry, they say size doesn't matter.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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03-03-2008 07:19 PM  10 years agoPost 4
rroback

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looks a lot cleaner, less crap on the camera, and better aerodynamics ( although this is questionable).

Rhett..... I can't fly, but the Profi sure can.

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03-03-2008 07:38 PM  10 years agoPost 5
chris24g

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The main benefit of a ball or enclosure is to simply keep dirt and dust from the camera equipment. Maybe not so much an issue with solid state equipment, but definitely is for still and motion cameras with precision mechanics.

Probably would help a bit in a minor crash as well.

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03-03-2008 07:41 PM  10 years agoPost 6
KarbonBird

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Glad you brought this up as it is a topic that has been on my mind for a while. Currently I don't have any balls but plan on changing that soon!

Will probably get hold of a 200mm or 250mm for the 600 to start with. I think benefits of using balls are: better visibility of the heli, aerodynamics and kewl looks... cons: may be more hassle to fit the camera inside than without a ball...

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03-04-2008 12:30 AM  10 years agoPost 7
BULLSEYE

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Usually you start off with balls, then you get married and now the wife has them in her purse

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03-04-2008 01:46 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Hydroman

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LOL

The older I get, the better I was

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03-04-2008 03:47 PM  10 years agoPost 9
tlankford01

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Besides my wife's purse where else can someone find these balls

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03-04-2008 06:07 PM  10 years agoPost 10
rroback

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I've flown with my big yellow ball on, and off, and there seems to be no difference in video I shoot, or the way the heli flies. Their is a huge difference in visibility though, and so I try and fly with the ball as much as possible, or at least half the ball.

Rhett..... I can't fly, but the Profi sure can.

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03-04-2008 07:15 PM  10 years agoPost 11
iedit4tv

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HEY! I can get 'em any time I want! I just have to ask her (beg) for them.

Those blue balls are hard to see aganist the sky!

Cut - Print - It's a wrap!

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03-04-2008 11:06 PM  10 years agoPost 12
trackhead

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I use a ball for the following reasons.

1. My vibration dampening is located inside the ball. This allows smoother video, because your front mount is hard mounted to the heli and isn't swinging around like so many other underslung mounts.

2. Sun shade for the lens. The camera is back in the ball, helping with sun flare.

3. Minor protection to the camera.

4. Helps some with visibility.

5. My wife keeps my balls locked up, so I have to use 'em whenever I can.

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03-05-2008 12:42 AM  10 years agoPost 13
tlankford01

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I was hoping someone coud provide a link as to where to get balls for my camera mount.

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03-05-2008 12:44 AM  10 years agoPost 14
wxyz

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Despite living near San Francisco, not attracted to balls at all. Suspect the effect of foam balls on copters is to make them look like proper gyro cams. They may have other slight benefits, but the look is what seems to seal the deal.

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03-22-2008 03:57 PM  10 years agoPost 15
meflyjeep

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So, then, shouldn't we keep our balls covered up and out of sight ... LOL on this thread ...

meflyjeep

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