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12-06-2012 12:12 AM  5 years agoPost 1
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01-08-2013 06:34 AM  5 years agoPost 2
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140 views for the cheapest good mount for large dslrs under helis and not a single bite?

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01-08-2013 04:59 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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I am surprised that you still have it. If I had a big heli I'd buy it right now. It is no longer state-of-the-art by today's standards but it works well and it's crazy cheap!

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01-09-2013 11:33 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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Thanks R, I'm a little baffled by it not moving as well...it is a 600-800 size thing for sure.

Also have a full downlink with the viewing camera for Nikon DX and D600 FX eyepieces, and Eyetop glasses.

and Spinblade 690 semisyms with 105 semisym tails

Waiting for the mount to sell before considering selling anything else.

Why not keep it all? I've done AP for a long time, want to focus on other things

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01-14-2013 05:54 AM  5 years agoPost 5
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Just a few questions, how much does the mount weigh? Are vibrations an issue when shooting stills? I' ll be shooting with a T3i and stock 18-55 lens, T-Rex 600ESP flying on 6 cell. Thanks!

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01-14-2013 10:57 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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Hey, interest!

its a little chunky: 2 lbs 12 ounces. I flew an identical one to this mount under a Logo 14 with a d70 and 12-24 for a couple of years.

Vibes were never a problem, my problem was running these mounts under 600s with DSLRs in tight areas...600s "power settle" like fullsize helicopters with all that weight.

I wouldn't recommend this mount for you if you're only using a 600 with a dslr and have no intentions of going bigger on helis some day..or smaller on cameras. This mount is really best for a stretched 600 and on up.

fwiw, we used to lighten them by changing the carbon tubes, saves 10 ounces, but it is a pain in the butt.

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01-15-2013 06:56 AM  5 years agoPost 7
cannondale1974

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Hey thanks for your candid response. My camera weight is 1.6 lbs with the 18-55 lens so looks like total weight would be somewhere around 4.3 lbs. with your mount. What would be the max weight you'd fly a stock 600 with?

Thanks again for your advice, I appreciate it!

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01-15-2013 12:13 PM  5 years agoPost 8
lowtek

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Does the camera mount strap tight to the landing skids or does it hang slightly loose when the heli is in the air? Would it help with vibration? I was wondering at the upturned ends on the upper part of the mount.
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01-15-2013 08:42 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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Hi Cannondale, I got lots of thought on this I hope are useful for yourself, and everyone

DSLRs and 600s would be great, but my experience with that combo is very briefly...under 10lbs better, over 10lbs worse.

I'd say 9lbs is the 'magic number' for solo 'blind' (no downlink) flying with a 600.

POWER SETTLING (for anyone who doesn't know this) is a fullsize term for when a helicopter is coming down through its own rotor wash and 'falls' through it because it doesn't have the power to climb back out of the air mess around it.

solution, tip the cyclic...make it move horizontally.

You need space to deal with power-settling...no nearby powerlines, trees, cranes, telephone poles, antennas, towers....the kind of things that are everywhere.

This is what I use now to lift this mount...its a logo 600se with 690mm semisym blades, 1200rpm, 10s...14lbs with a d200 (only video I have of the heli, didn't video the AP tests before turning it back into a 600)

Watch at YouTube

NOT a setup to copy, this was my "What can I do with what I got laying around here" test....10s 3000ma with dslr (10s 5000 in video), no downlink.

I wanted my downlink and use of larger lenses with all the 10s stuff I got laying around here....wasn't gonna happen from what I got and its waste of a good 3d heli to change it all out.

Cannondale, I hope some of this helps give you some ideas, the combo of a aps-c dslr and a 600mm is something we've all wanted to get away with but end up changing helis or cameras.

Now it is much easier and cheaper to use a small mirrorless or a digicam like the lx7, gx1, om5 instead of changing helis.
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Hi Rich, got your PM, didnt see this...I always mounted the bungees snug. loose works too but they would slip off on me sometimes.

I prefer jacking up shutter speed and iso and be done with it. I usually run 1/1250th or 1/1600th with the d200 and a 18-70mm or 35mm

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01-27-2013 10:10 PM  5 years agoPost 10
FLAP

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it is a solid mount.
I've used this mount since 2004 or 2005 with a Bergen EB 800 Gas bird and DSLR with 10-22mm lens. No issues for 600 photo flights and I take photos with 1/500 shutter speed with no problems. The aluminum parts which take the carbon legs are a bit woobly....but, like I said, 600 flights with a heavy 800 gas bird. Still using it today.

Good unit, but I don't know what they go for today.

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02-05-2013 08:16 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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Thanks FLAP, the interest for these kinds of mounts has DIED thanks to the times we're in. It's way too good of a mount to give away, so back it goes into storage until I have another use for it...

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