OK , a short blurb . Well it is a blog after all Holty and knowing you it wont be short ...
If you know me at all you already know I only got back into hobby photography ( as in I dont wish to earn money , its MY release ) a few years ago after my Spinal Surgeon and a few other "wise ones " suggested strongly that all that good stuff was over , even playing any sport including golf . Hmm . Worried , no not really I got to 60 and that's about 40 more than a lot of people gave me ....
The brain still works like Im about 30 and never stops 24/7 so for the last few years I have been looking at various forms of remote shooting for the cameras . Even make a few test rigs and all the other usual stuff . Sticking GoPros on base plates or poles , pocket cameras on window washing extension poles and remote Hahnel Captur Wifi triggers for the DSLRs , putting ladders on the back of the ute and the list goes on . All a bit of fun but not even close to what was in my head because I wanted the quality photos off a DSLR but nothing would hold or operate correctly with the weight ...I currently have a Wireless Gopro , Canon wireless on the G7X mk2 , Camfi , Camfo Pro and have just started with using DSLR Controller ( but only tethered to a tablet or the laptop at present . ) Im also keeping an eye on Arsenal and for WiFi Pan and Tilt heads will wait until 1st Qtr 2019 to have a play with the new CamRanger 2
Now the STRANGE part and the reason for this blog
By chance and at some ungodly hour on the net I stumbled across the EXACT SOLUTION to one half of my challenge and that allows me to get off climbing up ladders on the back of the ute . Now the weird part , been looking for years and then within a matter of minutes find two almost IDENTICAL products in Europe , even the same area and at the EXACT same price for the unit Im was interested in . Well they LOOK the same Holty ? Yep we have ALL been there haven't we buying sight unseen off the web !!!!
Same company ? different marketing strategies ? different client base ? Even went along the line of two brothers / partners fallen out ? Anyway NOT my problem , just want some information BEFORE I commit to "online " purchasing something I cant see or test from the other side of the world and with our dollar being down at present a bit rich for this black duck ...
Sent a few emails to both and received a reply from one in a very short time and have had MANY more back and forth answering my myriad of questions since . The other ? NO idea as I haven't heard back from either of the two emails I sent a few days apart !
Like I mentioned in the 1st sentence " If you know me " you will ALREADY know my answer . Im not the slightest interested in whats going on over there , they are out of my space and not in my face so each to their own ..
The unit I went with is from John at PHOTOMAST and is in transit from the EU and currently in the air . ( The link I used is the .com ENGLISH website ) Also if anyone is interested there is a demonstration video of the unit Im getting here . I still smile watching it that this is almost identical to what has been in my head , even down to a " stabliliser foot plate " !!!!