Lee Jay

Lives in United States CO, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer / Wind Energy Research
Joined on Oct 17, 2003

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Lee Jay: Using a phone camera is fun? I find using a phone camera about as much fun as having a root canal. If I had to use a phone camera, I'd give up the hobby as that phone would remove all of my enjoyment.

No, that's what I do now. I'd like to improve on that.

And an RX100 is too large. I use a somewhat smaller camera so that it fits in the same pocket as my cell phone. When I'm interested in better images, an RX100 is too limited so I use an SLR.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 18:11 UTC
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Lee Jay: Using a phone camera is fun? I find using a phone camera about as much fun as having a root canal. If I had to use a phone camera, I'd give up the hobby as that phone would remove all of my enjoyment.

Because I'd like to exchange two devices for one. I'm currently using that camera (and have for years) but having it integrated into a phone would make some things easier, including how full my pocket is and not having to carry a separate battery charger for the camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 16:25 UTC
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Lee Jay: Using a phone camera is fun? I find using a phone camera about as much fun as having a root canal. If I had to use a phone camera, I'd give up the hobby as that phone would remove all of my enjoyment.

And yet, there are such cameras already, one of which (sans viewfinder) is in my pocket right now, right next to my phone.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 16:15 UTC
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Lee Jay: Using a phone camera is fun? I find using a phone camera about as much fun as having a root canal. If I had to use a phone camera, I'd give up the hobby as that phone would remove all of my enjoyment.

How about giving phone cameras:

Decent ergonomics.
A usable viewfinder.
A variety of focal lengths.
An aperture actuator.
A Xenon flash.
Manual controls over everything.

That would go a long way to making them more fun to use.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 15:26 UTC

Using a phone camera is fun? I find using a phone camera about as much fun as having a root canal. If I had to use a phone camera, I'd give up the hobby as that phone would remove all of my enjoyment.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 13:58 UTC as 126th comment | 11 replies

I'll tell you the reason export speed means nothing to me.

Simple. When I'm done with an image in Develop, I hit control-shift-alt-E and the export of that image starts. I then move to the next image and work on it while the last one is exporting. I never have to wait for an export more than the time it takes for one image to export.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 17:49 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply

None of this means anything. The performance problems I have with 6.x are in interactivity outside Develop - changing modules, selecting images, etc. Sometimes keystrokes take more than ten seconds before a response is seen. This is simple stuff like selecting an image in the grid with a mouse click or opening the import window.

I think it's a problem with 4k monitors. On the very same machine with the very same catalog, this mostly goes away with the 4k monitor disconnected. Speeds increase a factor of more than 10.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 16:59 UTC as 135th comment
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NickyB66: Very interesting, not as simple as it first seems.

Just wished somehow the laws of aerodynamics could be broken so that silent flight (or very low noise flight) comes about. Guess it might need a new type of propulsion system for this.

Well, I've run many motors of this type (brushless outrunners) unloaded (no props) and they are nearly silent. Adding the props increases the sound level a factor of something like 100.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 16:09 UTC
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Tequila MockingjayBird: so no gyroscopes and no self leveling mechanisms?

Not just accelerometers, but rate gyros (which are solid state devices) as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 14:20 UTC
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NickyB66: Very interesting, not as simple as it first seems.

Just wished somehow the laws of aerodynamics could be broken so that silent flight (or very low noise flight) comes about. Guess it might need a new type of propulsion system for this.

The motors are nearly silent. Most of the noise comes from the aerodynamics at the tips of the propellers. The noise quantity is proportional to the fifth power of the blade tip speed. So, lighter devices combined with larger, slower-rotating propellers will be quieter.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2018 at 14:07 UTC
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zsedcft: I imagine that is will be the main consumer Mavic line. They will continue with the Spark line and the Mavic pro will get a 1-inch sensor and go up to about $1500.

That 4km range is probably more limiting than the flight time. You will never actually get 4km and it will have less than half (maybe 1/16th - inverse cube law) of the ability to get the signal through/around obstacles like trees or rocks.

Which is sort of equally stupid as it doesn't account for horizontal velocity or thrust. I have planes that weigh 2kg and are entirely safe (low velocity, low ballistic coefficient gliders) and one that's under 1kg and can go over 50m/s straight down despite also have a very low ballistic coefficient.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 00:44 UTC
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zsedcft: I imagine that is will be the main consumer Mavic line. They will continue with the Spark line and the Mavic pro will get a 1-inch sensor and go up to about $1500.

That 4km range is probably more limiting than the flight time. You will never actually get 4km and it will have less than half (maybe 1/16th - inverse cube law) of the ability to get the signal through/around obstacles like trees or rocks.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/drones/faa-task-force-drone-registration

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 15:21 UTC
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zsedcft: I imagine that is will be the main consumer Mavic line. They will continue with the Spark line and the Mavic pro will get a 1-inch sensor and go up to about $1500.

That 4km range is probably more limiting than the flight time. You will never actually get 4km and it will have less than half (maybe 1/16th - inverse cube law) of the ability to get the signal through/around obstacles like trees or rocks.

"Unfortunately the task force recommendations may ultimately prove untenable by requiring the registration of smaller devices that are essentially toys and do not represent safety concerns. Based on its years of experience the AMA cautioned against unnecessarily encumbering the toy industry and urged the task force to consider several factors when determining the threshold at which UAS technology should be registered – including weight, capability and other safety-related characteristics. But, the recommendations do not reflect this comprehensive approach. The task force only considered weight, requiring any device up to 250 grams (0.55 pounds) to register. We believe weight should be only one of several factors considered when determining where the threshold should be for UAS registration."

In other words, a foam fixed-wing airplane and a quadcopter have the same limit despite having massively different terminal velocities. This is why I said they were only considered in a vacuum.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 15:19 UTC
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zsedcft: I imagine that is will be the main consumer Mavic line. They will continue with the Spark line and the Mavic pro will get a 1-inch sensor and go up to about $1500.

That 4km range is probably more limiting than the flight time. You will never actually get 4km and it will have less than half (maybe 1/16th - inverse cube law) of the ability to get the signal through/around obstacles like trees or rocks.

No it's not, it's based on the idea that the object is falling in a vacuum. Of course, it can't fly in a vacuum so it's just stupid.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 14:17 UTC
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djwuk: The spherical panorama mode sounds cool, hopefully the mavic will get that in a future firmware update. 16k ft! How are you going to get up and down in 20min?

No it's not. I was flying a large thermal glider that weighed less than 3 pounds, I was 10 miles from the nearest airport and I was in a booming thermal I had trouble flying out of. Others in my club regularly fly jets to over 2,000 feet a little over 5 miles from an airport. That's probably even safer because they always have the performance to fly out of any situation, including straight down at over 200 feet per second.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 00:50 UTC
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zsedcft: I imagine that is will be the main consumer Mavic line. They will continue with the Spark line and the Mavic pro will get a 1-inch sensor and go up to about $1500.

That 4km range is probably more limiting than the flight time. You will never actually get 4km and it will have less than half (maybe 1/16th - inverse cube law) of the ability to get the signal through/around obstacles like trees or rocks.

That specific weight (250g) is already stupidly low and not based on physics at all, despite what the FAA thinks. Should have been more like 2.5kg.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 22:46 UTC
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djwuk: The spherical panorama mode sounds cool, hopefully the mavic will get that in a future firmware update. 16k ft! How are you going to get up and down in 20min?

The 400 foot rule is just for part 107 pilots, not recreational pilots flying under the rules of a CBO like the AMA. I've flown at 3,000 feet (not a quad copter - still within visual line of sight).

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 19:29 UTC
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zsedcft: I imagine that is will be the main consumer Mavic line. They will continue with the Spark line and the Mavic pro will get a 1-inch sensor and go up to about $1500.

That 4km range is probably more limiting than the flight time. You will never actually get 4km and it will have less than half (maybe 1/16th - inverse cube law) of the ability to get the signal through/around obstacles like trees or rocks.

Correct:

"Visual line of sight (VLOS) - Distance at which the pilot/operator is capable of maintaining visual contact with the sUAS and determine its orientation and altitude without enhancements other than corrective lenses."

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 19:19 UTC
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zsedcft: I imagine that is will be the main consumer Mavic line. They will continue with the Spark line and the Mavic pro will get a 1-inch sensor and go up to about $1500.

That 4km range is probably more limiting than the flight time. You will never actually get 4km and it will have less than half (maybe 1/16th - inverse cube law) of the ability to get the signal through/around obstacles like trees or rocks.

It's illegal to fly beyond line-of-sight anyway.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 16:13 UTC
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Lee Jay: Needs three things to interest me:

- Zoom lens
- No internet connection
- No exclusion zones

I can effortlessly buy numerous ones with no exclusion zones already.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 15:56 UTC
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