mmarian

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DJI has abysmal track record when it comes to keeping promises.Their FW "upgrades" are usually full of bugs and issues which make the product worse than it was before the upgrade. If you need these features do not make you purchasing decision based on the premise that they'll become available when promissed. Just my 2 cent worth derived from my own experience with Inspire2 over 5 years...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2021 at 04:02 UTC as 10th comment

I am the Inspire2 owner. This new drone from DJI looks tempting but to me the price for the Cine version is a lot of money for a drone with one fixed lens camera, even if they call it Hasselblad. The main attraction of the Inspire2: GO4, camera with exchangeable lenses fom about 18mm to 90mm (FF equivalent), the lenses take standard filters and not these weird bespoke ones, the camera can be operated independently from drone by second operator etc etc.
Going from my 5 year experience with DJI and Inspire2 I have to say that their track record of fulfilling promisses with later FW updates has been abysmal. So the features which are not available now and are promissed for this M3 to be available soon might either never eventuate or maybe much later than promissed. That is something to be very mindful of.
So, to sum this up, I am not sure who is this drone actually aimed for and how it will be received or addopted by pros and hobbyists🤔
Time will tell

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2021 at 08:23 UTC as 73rd comment
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mmarian: Looks impressive and indeed very innovative. It sure is a great tool for those who need it. But be prepared for the moment you need DJI repair service or talk to someone from customer service....
The $7200 will all of sudden start to feel like a bad investment. Just ask anyone who owns Inspire2 and Crystalsky and Cendence etc. Trust me I know what I am talking about...

It is not only repair. The Inspire2 has been plagued with numerous FW updates which were full of bugs. The next FW was suppose to fix the issues of the previous one but only introduced new issues. It has been a very bumpy ride for all I2 user. Same with Crystalsky monitor and Cendence remote controller. Bug ridden FWs and unstable platforms. I hope this new rig from DJI will be better but going from the past experiences with DJI I am affraid the early addopters will be no more than guinea pigs like we were when Inspire1 and 2 were first released. I personally would not invest into this myself but there will be many gullible people who will. DJI always counts on those.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2021 at 02:35 UTC

Looks impressive and indeed very innovative. It sure is a great tool for those who need it. But be prepared for the moment you need DJI repair service or talk to someone from customer service....
The $7200 will all of sudden start to feel like a bad investment. Just ask anyone who owns Inspire2 and Crystalsky and Cendence etc. Trust me I know what I am talking about...

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2021 at 19:13 UTC as 49th comment | 7 replies

The plaque says 1914, not 1913 as mentioned in the article.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2021 at 18:44 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On article Video: An angry raven nearly takes down delivery drone (150 comments in total)

To me the most interesting aspect of the video is how the raven approaches the drone from behind and attacks its tail to avoid contact with any of the fast spinning propellers. Maybe ravens can see them?? The raven might otherwise come second best from the fight and I would not want to see the outcome of that

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2021 at 17:41 UTC as 23rd comment

I upgraded to v.21 recently. I wonder if I would have to pay for these two new features or if it will be a free upgrade for v.21 owners

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 20:18 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
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mmarian: The pentaprism on its own looks like it weights half a kilo🤣.
Russians certainly did and still do make things that last. You could drive nails with this camera. Other than that the user experience has left a lot to be desired. I also had for a brief moment the Zenit 88 and it was unusable piece of junk. Bought Pentacon 6 and never looked back for years during that era.Though I always carried a small screwdriver set on location shoots and needed to use them quite frequently.The frames had tendency to overlap due to dubious film advancement mechanism. Other than that it was pretty usable camera.

@FrancoD
Not sure where this is heading but your comaprison with England being part of EU and not Germany is a bit long reaching. Even though you are technically correct( well not anymore..), as born in Czechoslovakia we always referred to anyone or anything from USSR as Russian or when someone went to anywhere in USSR we said he is going to Russia and not Ukraine or Latvia or whatever. It is a bit like saying I am going to America instead of USA. Most people would know what it means and would not try to split the hair and argue that there is also South America etc.
I do not think it was necessary to bring it up. But if it makes you feel better I say USSR made camera 😉

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2021 at 05:34 UTC
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mmarian: The pentaprism on its own looks like it weights half a kilo🤣.
Russians certainly did and still do make things that last. You could drive nails with this camera. Other than that the user experience has left a lot to be desired. I also had for a brief moment the Zenit 88 and it was unusable piece of junk. Bought Pentacon 6 and never looked back for years during that era.Though I always carried a small screwdriver set on location shoots and needed to use them quite frequently.The frames had tendency to overlap due to dubious film advancement mechanism. Other than that it was pretty usable camera.

It was when the camera was made. Not sure though if it matters in the context of this discussion.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2021 at 02:29 UTC

The pentaprism on its own looks like it weights half a kilo🤣.
Russians certainly did and still do make things that last. You could drive nails with this camera. Other than that the user experience has left a lot to be desired. I also had for a brief moment the Zenit 88 and it was unusable piece of junk. Bought Pentacon 6 and never looked back for years during that era.Though I always carried a small screwdriver set on location shoots and needed to use them quite frequently.The frames had tendency to overlap due to dubious film advancement mechanism. Other than that it was pretty usable camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 19:37 UTC as 16th comment | 7 replies

Interesting how most of the comments are about the choice of subject rather than about the its optical capabilities.
Following in the off-topic conversation, I am architectural photographer and 90% of interior work I do with TS-E 24mm at f 11. I also use the TS-E 50mm and 17mm. The 17mm is great for really tight spaces such as powder room or any small bathroom where there is no room to step back far enough to use 24mm.
Back to on-topic. This looks like a great lens to me and I can see creative photographers making some interesting photos with it. It shows relatively low distortion near the edges which is quite remarkable considering how wide this lens is.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2021 at 21:44 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply

So, they've established that the main source of the heat is the processor. (WOW #1). This would have to come as a first massive revelation to the Canon engineers. And then they used a copper heat sink (surprise,surprise aluminum didn't work as well as copper, WOW #2) to transfer the heat from processor to the body. By now the Canon engineers must be banging their heads against the wall screaming 'Why didn't we think about that!!! '
Or maybe not....

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2021 at 21:15 UTC as 40th comment | 20 replies

He can talk, no question about that..😉

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2021 at 04:04 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone (58 comments in total)
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User1234567890: Cool.

Now , if you are in Africa and see a cheetah chasing a gazelle, you can chase both closely. Even better using Real Time tracking of A9ii/A1.

Pixel shift shot from volcano entrance.

@ilza
A see. I have to admit that I only watched the video and did not reed the article. So, my appology also to AstroStan. The drone has some sort of ball attached to the arms and there is also one on top which led me to believe that these are some sort of added weights to help stabilize the drone while spinning. If this technology is really viable I wonder why it has not been addopted and implemented by any of the current drone makers...

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2021 at 04:18 UTC
On article What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone (58 comments in total)
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Just Another Photog: It’s way outside my comfort zone. $9000 for the Drone, say $1,750 for the Gimbal.

THEN the Sony camera. Entry level Full frame: $2600.00. So then the training. I have no idea, but I’ll bet it’s atleast $2000. So we just spent $15K and we start trying to sell shoots, but competition has spent far less than you have. So they can do the job cheaper.

Sony misses the mark on this one

@Just Another Photog
For a record Phantom 4 Pro has 1" type sensor camera not M43. Inspire x5s has M43 type sensor

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2021 at 00:36 UTC
On article What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone (58 comments in total)
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User1234567890: Cool.

Now , if you are in Africa and see a cheetah chasing a gazelle, you can chase both closely. Even better using Real Time tracking of A9ii/A1.

Pixel shift shot from volcano entrance.

@AstroStan
I am sure that even you can see that the video shows purely a scientific experiment with heavily modified quad using balancing weights and counterweights strategically positioned to mitigate the effect of one specific prop failure. This does not carry much bearing to real life application, IMHO. In a lab you can make even a pig fly😉 if you stretch its skin into a shape of a wing and put a prop in its ass. The only workable solution at present, and I dare to say foreseeable future, to save a quad drone from falling from the sky at terminal velocity is a parachute. Bud that is additional dead weight and on a drone with max 12min flight time, that is the last thing you would want to add...
But the prosummer drones have proven to be very reliable machines and prop or motor or esc failures have been extremely rare over the last 5 or so years of broad proliferation of drones. So, this would not be my biggest worry when considering purchasing this drone..

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 23:27 UTC
On article What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone (58 comments in total)
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User1234567890: Cool.

Now , if you are in Africa and see a cheetah chasing a gazelle, you can chase both closely. Even better using Real Time tracking of A9ii/A1.

Pixel shift shot from volcano entrance.

@AstroStan
Physics as theory say many things but applying them to practice is often more challenging than one can imagine.The props are fixed pitch type and as such they can only generate lift in upward direction. Amount of lift is controlled by speed of rotation. If one motor fails you'd need to switch off the other one diagonally opposite. Otherwise you get an uncompensated one directional torque causing the drone to spin. It might be able to sustain altitude on two motors if they could generate enough lift for the load. You could not control attitude of the drone in desired direction with only two motors running. As soon as you engage the third motor the quad drone will start to spin, tilt and likely crash. If a wind would push it in one direction it would be impossible to tilt it against the wind with only two motors running and bring it back. The drone might be gradually brought to the ground somewhere but the landing would more like be a crash landing.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 02:39 UTC
On article What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone (58 comments in total)

Does it need one or two batteries to fly?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 18:56 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Imager of: Should produce great footage WITHOUT a gimbal! Well done Sony. Please take my 9k. 😂😂😂

@IiIBuddha
What I meant to say was that people who are willing to spend that sort of money will likely go for something like Alta or Matrice where Alta flies with their own Freefly gimbals and Matrice flies with their own Zenmuse gimbals. All proven, reliable with good integration of camera and gimbal controlls. If something does not work you deal with Freefly or DJI. But in here who do you ask, Sony or Gremsy? Potential for fingerpointing, blame shifting etc.... If Sony had gome the same route and offered a complete Sony product it might have been more palatable proposition than offering this contraption where many questions remain unanswered.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 20:31 UTC
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Imager of: Should produce great footage WITHOUT a gimbal! Well done Sony. Please take my 9k. 😂😂😂

I find their decision to use a third party gimbal (Gremsy V3?) really strange. Did they run out of money or steam when developing this thing? This drone is pretty much a cumbersome 'contraption' for close to $20K when you put everything you need for a commercial work together. Hardly an attractive proposition, I would think..

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 16:37 UTC
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