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Poliwog

Member Since 13 Oct 2005
Offline Last Active Jul 30 2014 05:32 PM
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In Topic: DJI Phantom GoPro helicopter

10 April 2014 - 06:37 AM

I'm really enjoying this conversation.  I've been eyeing these quadcopters lately, but don't know enough about them to make a decision.

 


You might like to join a local Model Aviation (Remote Control) Flying Club in your area.

This is what I have done.

I decided I would earn my "wings" the old fashion way by joining a club and benefitting from the vast amount of real world experince that the other club members have acumulated. Joining a club also can offer a free insurance with their membership that covers all AMA and MAAC events.

Just got my copy of "Model Aviation Canada" news in, and was reading about the new Phantom (2) Vision Quadcopter. Seems they are actively trying to discourage the use of this quadcopter, as they will not permit the use of this quadcopter at any of their MAAC sanctioned fields. Don't know about AMA field sites.

Seems DJI has seen fit to transmit FPV (First Person Video) signals on 2.4 Ghz WIFI which could have the unintended effect of blanking out everyone else's signals to their aircraft nearby causing unintended crashes for other fliers.

The remote control of this quadcopter is on the 5.8Ghz frequency and can cause interfere or loss of signal with other operators recieving thier FPV signals on the same frequency.

Incidently, the 5.8Ghz frequency is located in the Amateur Radio Band here in Canada, and I suspect it is the same in the United States. This means you need an Amateur Radio Operators License to operate any 5.8Ghz equipment.

MAAC seems to be quite upset about this quadcopter and are even talking about forming campaign to educate store owners and sellers about the possible consequences of operating these particular quadcopters around other model aviation pilots.

Sorry to muddy the waters, but I think anyone thinking of flying a quadcopter should ally themselves with a local model aircraft flying club to get the best experience they can.


In Topic: The Daily Planet Show, Discovery Channel Canada

09 April 2014 - 06:58 AM

Hi Kaj,

Discovery Channel is owned and operated by Bell Media, the same people who own Bell Telephone, The Globe and Mail newspaper, Bell Satellite TV, the CTV Television network, Bell Mobility Cellular and various other smaller companies.

One of the companies that you might be interested in is "Exploration Productions" which produces the "Daily Planet" show that you are having trouble with. Their webpage is located here at:

http://www.exploration.ca/

A further internet search lists their physical address as:

Exploration Production Inc
9 Channel Nine Crt
Scarborough, ON M1S 4B5, Canada
Phone: (416) 332-5700

I would like to help you further but a very urgent family matter will be taking up most, if not all, of my time for the next several weeks.

Good luck with your inquiries, hope it works out well for you. Please keep us posted as to how if goes for you.

P.S. As a last resort, you may want to contact "Imagerights". They specialize in recovering fees for photographers who have had their images used in unauthourized manners without compensation. I have heard varying opinions on their effectiveness and have no personal experience with them but it might be worth a try. Their website is listed here:

https://www.imagerights.com/


In Topic: Nikon 1 V3

16 March 2014 - 06:06 AM

I am interested in this camera, also.

Nice specs on the camera.

I like the crop factor. Using this camera in combination with the Nikon full frame lens adapter would be a real bonus.

The only drawbacks I can see with this camera is external GPS, and an external viewfinder. You can only use one accessory in the hotshoe at a time, so it will be a trade off between automatic location identification or seeing what you want to photograph in strong sunlight.

I hope someone will produce an underwater housing for this camera.

I have been contemplating getting a Fuji XE-2 camera but was waiting to see what Nikon is bringing to the market with the Nikon 1 V3.

Both cameras would be great for topside stuff but I doub anyone would be making an underwater housing for the Fuji X-E2.

Pragmatically, I should opt for the Nikon over the Fuji, but emotionally, the Fuji is hard for me to resist. As for the Fuji X-E2, I like the manual, or analog, dials and f-stop rings from days gone by and have always enjoyed the colour rendition out of my old Fuji S2 Pro, but the camera build quality was not as good as the Nikon brand at that time. This is no longer a concern with the Fuji X-E2.

So now that the Nikon 1 V3 is on the market, I am still no closer to making a decision, as I find the devil is always in the details.

The good thing about having to make the choice between cameras is that I will really enjoy whichever camera I finally pick. :)


In Topic: Major frustrations with a new D800 Focus seems soft

30 December 2013 - 06:46 AM

At no point in the focal length would the lens open greater than f/3.3.

 

 

There is nothing wrong with the lens, as far as actual exposure data reporting is considered. The Nikon macro lenses (and probably all the others they make) report the effective aperture information to the camera exposure system as opposed to the physical aperture in actual use.

 

You can find out more about this feature by reading the lens literature that came with the lens and/or camera body, as well as doing a google search on "effective aperture".


In Topic: Possibly the coolest photo vest - ever

24 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

+1 for the Stealth Gear jacket. I just got back from a trip to Newfoundland. Used it while shooting the Gannet Colony at Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. Very weatherproof, stayed warm and dry while shooting in light rain and strong winds. It has huge pockets and even comes with a misquito net for your head. The arms are removable so the coat can be worn as a vest.  Was able to carry a Nikon D7000 with 18 to 55mm lens attached and a  28 mm pc shift lens in one lower pocket, while the other lower pocket contained a 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens along side a 300mm f4 lens with room to spare in both pockets. Lots of other pockets for things like gloves, compass, gps, glasses, small tablet etc. as well as dedicated pockets for cell phone and memory cards.