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Walter Schulz

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Advice on Drone?
« on: April 15, 2019, 11:49:30 PM »
Hi!

I will visit South America by motorbike. 5 months, I think. I want to keep my photo gear light. Just travel tripod, 100D/SL1 and some "plastic" lenses (EF-S 10-18, EF-S 18-55, maybe an 18-135 USM). Landscape, panos, some architecture, mostly. Thinking about adding a (small) drone to this. Does not have to carry a 100D! And no intention to accompany the bike while driving. But:
- 1080p video + higher res stills, if available. RAW for stills, please!
- must do have some high altitude abilities

No experience with drones, yet. And no unlimited budget.
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Re: Advice on Drone?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2019, 01:22:36 AM »
No experience here at all but check the offers of DJI. Once I thought about purchasing a drone and Spark was an interesting candicate. It is tiny, delivers decent quality, price/value ratio is quite good. With some mods it seems you can reach over 1000 meters altitude (but with such small drone and thus a small battery it doesn't make sense to go to that high). 1080p30 video with 2-axis stabilisation, 12Mpix stills. Unfortunately they strip it ouf of RAW format. :( To get it you need to grab much deeper in your pocket, at least with DJI products.
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Walter Schulz

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Re: Advice on Drone?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2019, 08:42:30 AM »
Thanks!
I may have made a mistake: I wanted to ask about drones able to operate well in highly elevated areas. Quito has about the same elevation as the highest paved pass in the Alps, the Altiplano's (Bolivian Plateau) height averages about 3750 meters (12,300 feet) and the highest road open to public goes up to about 5750 m (18,800 feet). Of course, the drone's engines doesn't suffer like combustion engines but rotors will have a hard time in thin air.
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Re: Advice on Drone?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2019, 09:01:25 AM »
The mavic, either the newest itterations or the old one are a good bet.

The spark is too weak.

But i think you might have to hack the altitude limiter.
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Re: Advice on Drone?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 12:30:39 PM »
Sounds like an epic trip!

The DJI Mavic Air is probably the best all-rounder for the money. It’s far from perfect, but I’ve been pretty impressed with mine. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about it.

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Re: Advice on Drone?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 03:09:33 PM »
Walter Schulz,

If you don't have serious experience with drones, don't take one on your trip.  You will waste a lot of valuable time fiddling with it and the probability that something goes wrong and you crash or lose it is very high.  Moreover, a small weak drone will never work at these altitudes.

You will be much better off if you use the time that you have for photo and video with the 100D which is a very capable camera, especially now that the latest video modes have been implemented.  Make sure, you have a lite but stable carbon tripod with a good fluid video head.  Also consider a motorized head with a fine control over panning speed that fits on your tripod.  It works really nicely if you shoot 4k timelapses with the wide angle lenses that you mention above.  And instead of the 18-135 lens, take the 85/1,8 with you.  The most interesting objects in these countries are people, so this lens will come quite handy when you stroll down the streets of towns and villages.  The 85/1,8 lens really produces very beautiful images on the 100D.

And most importantly, travel safely and have a lot of fun!

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Re: Advice on Drone?
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2019, 05:17:56 AM »
Hey Walter, don't go to Quito, go to the beach and don't get a drone, get an underwater housing. Oh, and motorcycles are dangerous!

Just kidding of course. I'm in sort of the same situation. Going to Costa Rica and thinking about getting a little travel drone like maybe the DJI Spark for some fun. I flew a couple of drones a few years ago and it was super easy. These newest drones pretty much fly themselves. They even have GPS and will automatically return to where you launched them before the battery runs out.

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Walter Schulz

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Re: Advice on Drone?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2019, 08:41:53 AM »
Sounds like an epic trip!

That's the spirit!

@IDA_ML: Yes, not sure about the drone idea, either. But I have some months for preparations and I suppose I will take the risk.
Fluid head is out of the question and everything motorized, too. You may have missed the part "I want to keep my photo gear light." Yepp, I know a drone doesn't move itself most of the time ...
I owned a 85/1.8 about a decade ago. My mileage varies, I think: Didn't get used to it. And it weights as much as three 50/1.8 STM.

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