We're always on the hunt for new stuff to show you guys and it seems to me that there's a lot of interest in taking your Canon HDSLR up in the air for a ride. We showed you a Canon EOS 7D (reviews) a few weeks ago, a Canon Rebel T2i/550D (reviews) flying over Montana, and today, we've got a few more samples.
Obviously, flying a remote controlled helicopter takes training and lots of practice – so this may be one of the harder hobbies to pick up (or to become a professional), but the results can be amazing.
Here for example is a well done video of some bicyclists performing some amazing tricks – and the ability to fly up to be close to the action and to fly along the route the bikers take is pretty cool stuff!
Went out and shot a little dirt jumping with Paul Basagoitia at his property, day and a half of shooting gave some great shots. Definitely plan on heading out again sometime soon.
Big thanks to Errol Kerr for operating the camera mount on the heli and Paul for trusting me to not cut his head off!
And this one was all the rage a week or two ago because of the excitement over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, kids, do NOT try this at home!
Hand launching a custom built Canon 5D Mark II aerial drone from a boat in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico to capture oil spill imagery: Although we are able to hand launch our drones in very confined space, we've never done this from the back of a very unstable pitching and rolling boat…in rain and drizzle. Over $10,000 in equipment can be lost in an instant! Between boat movement and gulf winds this was an extreme challenge! What a great show of talent!
And, in this video, perspectiveAerials.com shows off the flexibility of their rig.
Built, used and sold by perspectiveAerials, this remotely operated camera platform was constructed around the 5D Mark II and similar size DSLR camera bodies. Our goal was to keep our platform compact yet very powerful. With a 4.5 pound payload capacity and the ability to be disassembled and stuffed in a backpack in under 3 minutes, we've produced an innovative aerial camera-ship.
And, if you want to see a ravishingly beautiful result from an aerial display with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II…
music: Chronik – www.myspace.com/chronikath
So, there are a few great samples. Can you do it too? Well, it will cost you a bit more than just buying a camera (especially if you crash! LOL) – and you'll need lots of practice. After all, there are rules you'll need to learn as well as following all of the FAA rules in your area for remotely controlled aircraft. It is dangerous, so please be careful!
(Photo credit: snap from the video over the gulf)