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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

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One of the things that impresses me is just how small it is, literally fitting in the palm of Ian's hand.
There are much smaller ones too but they lose a lot of features; this does pack quite a lot of sophistication (GPS, two cameras, sonar, etc.)

The rumoured Dobby AI (Dobby Mark 2) is a little larger.

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Actually I am a little surprised I haven't yet come across another member who has dipped a toe into flying drones, let alone for photography

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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

Hi all,

We had a guy who runs his own drone photography company come and give us a talk at my camera club. Very interesting, and he bought along a couple of his drones to look at.
Ever since, my credit card has been twitching and I’ve been watching Mavic Pros on eBay. Have resisted so far, but now the DJI Mavic Air is out I’m not sure I’ll resist much longer!!

I’m a bit worried about where the legislation might go. Idiots flying next to airports may end up spoiling it for the rest of us.

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Never mind regulations, other things can go wrong!

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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

I guess that's why getting one at such a reasonable price like you did Ian has got to be a good idea. At least as a first go at it anyway. Good video link.
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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

Iím fast becoming Mr Grumpy over these: the number of event and landscape location shoots being spoiled by drones buzzing about is rising steadily, and itís only a matter of time before theyíre as common as dorks waving camera phones on selfie sticks getting in your way.
A powerful catapault with a pocket full of lead shot ammunition works well against both obstructions, Iím told.

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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

I can honestly say that I have only ever seen one drone by chance in the wild - that was at the picture postcard village of Aldbury. It was a quiet day in the afternoon and not many people around and it just appeared over the roof of the pub, hovered for a few seconds, and then went away again - it was surreal! I sometimes wonder where all these drones that people buy are!

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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

Yes, of course, proper use is fine.

However there is already a proliferation of deliberately illegal footage posted for bravado (especially from American National Park sites where it is not allowed - eg
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Have you been on general admission to any ticketed sporting/musical etc event in the developed world recently? Has your enjoyment and photography of the event been enhanced by the number of camera phones, handheld and on sticks, obstructing your view? Do you really think this isnít going to happen with drones?
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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

The drone market appears to have peaked and a number of manufacturers have closed down. The biggest name was the Karma drone division of GoPro cameras, with 250 jobs lost at the end of last year. In fact GoPro itself is looking shakey, but that's another story. I think there are two factors; it's quite difficult to use a drone, especially for photography. Secondly, the legal restrictions are already quite widespread. Signs saying no drones are, in my experience, quite prolific - in fact much more than the actual drones!

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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

Interesting. A couple of years ago I bought several. They were too tricky for me to fly, reactions not fast enough. I did tinker with the idea of using the photography for volume surveys, but the cost and expertise was a long way off. The leading survey instrument people now sell them for what I wanted, but prices have 5 figures after the £ sign.

In real life, I have only ever seen several, and have never seen a "No drones" sign. (Must get out more)

They are a great "toy", some people really make them work and have produced some excellent footage. And it has made huge inroads to the professional news and various makers.

But I don't think I have a good enough reason to buy one. I will just enjoy watching your footage Ian.............
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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

The drones Fail video earlier does help to quench my GAS attack for having a drone, the Yosemite video was excellent, however it demonstrated redundancy or repetition which again helps me to think twice before buying.
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As regards camera phones being used on selfie sticks or otherwise at events, it may surprise you to learn that they have just as much right to be there and pursue their hobby or interest as you have. The fact they may spoil your view or prevent you getting the shot of your dreams is no different to someone's head being in the way, a child on dads shoulders, or a bird flying past at the wrong moment.

Camera phones and selfie sticks are owned and used by millions of people the world over. They are definitely here to stay. The only answer is to either pay lots of money for a prime position at an event so nobody is in front of you or just be more tolerant and accept the fact getting your ideal shot is going to be a more challenging experience.

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I am entirely unsurprised, and do take the efforts you mention when I want to take photos. I have always taken stringent efforts to keep out of other people's way when doing so (or doing anything else for that matter): I suspect many people here also find these developments a bit irritating, but life must go on.

I have got the impression you are getting rather picky against me today, John, for some reason.
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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

As a regular canal boater I have noticed that in recent years the relationship between anglers and boaters has improved and you're more likely to get a cheery wave than a scowl as you pass an angler. It's not always easy to judge whether an angler wants you to slow down and leave plenty of room or pass closely to stir the water up though! In my experience the majority of boaters who travel too fast are private owners who should know better, rather than hire boats, but that's another story. It's also worth remembering that the canal system was built for boats, not fishing .
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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

If I may, I'll add a small, but important point, about selfie sticks. In Copenhagen we found that there were lots of people taking selfies in the square around which the royal palace is built. Fine...but! Several people were hit on the head or in the face by others wildly swinging selfie sticks around without any regard whatsoever for other people. That goes way beyond bad manners; and, even more than inconsiderate, it was potentially dangerous to be within the reach of the sticks/phones of some of those thoughtless people.

Another issue that is very prevalent now around tourist hot spots is Chinese families taking photos of each other in every conceivable combination, effectively stopping anyone else from photographing the view; and when people are on coach tours, they have limited time at the stops, so it is very inconsiderate behavior, which could easily provoke more than harsh words.

Yes, we do need to be tolerant; but some people strain that tolerance to breaking point.
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Re: Anyone here in to drones/quadcopters?

Not had a chance to play recently but managed some time in the bitterly cold sunshine today and I got my Dobby Drone up to 42 metres high this afternoon. It was a bit gusty and the poor thing was struggling. Quite scary as it became a little dot in the sky and I couldn't stop wondering if it would survive if it cut out from that high

I'm now using a Wi-Fi repeater for extra signal reliability and range. I've done some prop mods (tightened and using aluminium clips instead of the standard plastic ones) as recommended to improve stability and to reduce vibrations that affect the camera but I'm still getting video rippling when it's bright so I think I will try the supplied ND filter next.

Can't wait for a nice still day and a bit warmer. Next week's forecast is NOT looking at all promising!

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