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Old 08-23-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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Aerial views of Halifax

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Below is a photo I took this past weekend of the Historic Citadel in Halifax.

There are other photos on Flickr at this link. Plane used is Easy Star with a Pentax Optio S12.

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Old 08-23-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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Re: Aerial views of Halifax

Great shots Saboo, this camera is definitely an improvement over the old one, are you happy with it? Where were you flying from?
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:11 AM   #3
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Re: Aerial views of Halifax

Thanks Waldo.

Yes the new camera is somewhat better, but the pictures do not have the 'snap' or sharpness I was expecting. It seems as if the infinity focus setting is not at infinity. I have been experimenting with various settings.

I use the following
Dynamic ISO from 64-200
Fixed focus at Infinity
Dynamic exposure range enabled at auto
Remote control enabled with 0 sec delay
Flash off
LCD display off
Auto exposure
Scene type Sport

The camera is triggered by an Infra Red Prism shutter control set at 3 seconds trigger interval.

The camera is rigidly mounted on a custom aluminium mount, shooting out the right side of the plane.

If anyone has some suggestions for an alternate settings for better shots I will be happy to try.

The shots of near and around the Citadel were taken from the Halifax Commons. The other shots of the North end of Halifax and the Shipyards were taken from Fort Needham and St. Stephen's school soccer field. Most were taken Sunday August 22nd. The container pier and some others were taken earlier in July.

The shots in Baddeck were taken from the schoolyard and a large empty field out behind the town of Baddeck but between the Route 105 and the town. The shots of Bell Bay Golf Course were taken from over Baddeck Bay while flying from my fathers cottage. They were taken July 31 and Aug 1st

Sunday morning resulted in over 500 shots.

Just received another Pentax Optio, yesterday, but this time an S10. Will be mounting and testing this to compare with the S12. If not much better will sell them off and look at Canon or some of the less expensive Panasonic cameras.

The advantage of the Optio units is the IR control. Nothing touches the camera to trigger the shutter. Many of the Canon cameras can use the CHDK for remote control via the USB connector. The Panasonic seem to need a mechanical trigger mounted to the camera to trip the shutter. I would prefer the Leica lens for sharpness and contrast, if it exists in the lower priced units. Flying where I do, over water, around trees and in areas where the loss of the camera is a real possibility, I am a bit reluctant to have $500-$600 adding to the pucker factor. This is supposed to be a 'fun' hobby. The loss of a $500 camera would put a real damper on the 'fun'. (Basically, probably I could be called parsimonious.)

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Old 08-24-2010, 07:37 AM   #4
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Re: Aerial views of Halifax

I've been using the Pentax S10 for the past two years and have had major focussing problems with it. Everyone on RC Groups was singing their praises but no matter what settings I used I had no luck.
I got a Panasonic LX3 about a year ago and am more than happy with it.
Like Jim, I also got another Pentax S10 yesterday to use when flying in risky conditions.

I did some testing on various settings on the two S10s and the Lumix this morning.
The new S10 is very good indeed (but colour saturation and image resolution is not quite as crisp as the Lumix).
The older S10 was way out in focus in all settings.
The settings that Jim is using for his S12 seem optimum. The IR trigger works well.

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