I’ve been looking into fluid heads for a long time, wanting to buy one for video work but not seeing much that I’m happy with. Ideally, I wanted a lightweight one that had an integrated flat base (to work with my existing tripods) and could accept my Really Right Stuff plates, which all my cameras have. Oh, I didn’t want to spend tons of money, either. I recently decided to buy the Sachtler Cine DSLR, and while it’s not perfect, I’m happy with my purchase.
While I’ve been continuing to find time to practice with a flight sim, I decided that I wanted to try flying my Blade mCX2 for real. I have to say it was a lot of fun and easier than the TRex 500 I’ve been using in the sim, but there were still a few gotchas.
I’m looking at heading to some remote regions of the planet in the near future, and I want to do some aerial shooting. Unfortunately, in one location, getting a helicopter costs $100,000 for a week, and a hot air balloon costs $50,000. That’s more than I can afford. Instead, I’ve started to look into using RC helicopters to do some aerial shooting. With wireless video downlinks (so that you can see what the camera sees) and features like GPS hold (which will cause the heli to hold itself exactly where you put it in the air), it seems like the time’s right to use these guys for serious work. I’ll try to post what I learn here, as there’s a lot of info out there!