Tom Reichner wrote in post #18323437
Stability on hillsides and camera tilt are no concern whatsoever if you use an orchard ladder. They are made for use in orchards, which are often located on steep, hilly terrain on mountain foothills.
Orchard ladders have three legs, and are easy to set up on hills. You just position the legs so that the horizontal bars (steps) are level. The third leg, the one without the steps connected to it, is attached via a pivoting joint, so that the angle of the pivot is fully adjustable, so as to account for varying degrees of hill steepness..
hmm, yeah i've seen them around, but didn't really think about it like that...another thing after looking around for them, they seem to be priced closer to $300 or so for anything taller than 10ft...it would be one thing if i had land, and could use a ladder around the house, but i'm in an apt. so i'd have to store it somewhere...i could always put it at a family members house, but that just seems like it'd be more of a nuisance
Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18323405
I built a platform on top of my 4Runner. Standing up there puts camera level at about 11-12 feet. Used 2x2 deck rail boards as the frame and 5/8 dog ear fence boards for the deck. Tied it straight to the factory roof rack with hex bolts and fender washers. Cost about 14 bucks.
Haven't put my c-stand up there yet, but it would get the camera about 17 feet off the ground.
I have a telescoping paint poll too but have never used it for anything other than knocking cobwebs from the eaves of the house. Pretty sure my Kupo baby pin to ball head adapter that I use on my c stand would slide right on there.
Competely agree that having a higher vantage point is essential in many situations.
hmm...i have a 4runner too...and i'm a carpenter, so building something would be pretty easy...i'm almost thinking if i did a couple of platforms that basically just fit over the factory rack, and i could store them in the back, and just put them on top...that being said, i've already stood on top of it to get a few shots, but it makes me think if i went up 12ft on top of that i'd be even higher up ....only issue there is the fact i have to be near a road
NDAPhoto wrote in post #18323445
DreDaze, you left out remote viewing which is essential. I use CamRanger and that narrows the options when choosing a rig. Also have a Mavic, but licensing and insurance are essential. As noted, a $4500 DSLR+lens combo on a pole versus $1200 drone is not a clear choice. Each has different factors depending on the outcome you seek. If you work commercially, the return on investment is clear. If not, the DIY approach is reasonable and part of the reward itself.
my 70D has wifi, and it's probably the one i'd use...unless i were to get a EOSm2, which also has wifi...so the remote viewing/shooting is fine with any option...i don't even know if i have $4,500 worth of all my gear...but i've got enough to get some photos...that's the thing, i already own all that
and yeah, i shoot for myself, so the only person i'm looking to please is myself...i know at some point i will own a drone, they're just too cool not to
TeamSpeed wrote in post #18323599
Licensing is $5, and take about 10 minutes or so, if you are doing it for your own enjoyment. Also, you can get a Phantom 3 with 4K video and a 3 way gimbal for $550 directly from DJI. I plan on doing the commercial license by taking the $150 test though, because I have many opportunities in the area for this kind of service.
yeah, and the standard P3 is only like $350...don't know if i really need 4k...but watching my buddy with that mavic...it looked like fun, and it's super compact...and of course after checking out the price of them at bestbuy, i get an email saying they're doing 24month no interest for a limited time...