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- Most dynamicNov 17, 2011
- For people considering this and don't want to risk their camera. Consider a gopro hero. Not as good an image as the 5d but much much tougher. Mine has been on steam trains, track trollies (speeders), bikes, motorbikes, planes and even a dog. It can do time interval, singles and hd video and is waterproof. It lets me make images I would not ever consider putting my slr in danger for.Nov 17, 2011
- yes Paul, the GoPros are great. But no pain no gain. If you want top results you must use top equipment. This image has been a billboard at photokina for Hahnel remotes and featured on the cover of Internationa photography magazines as well as feature 'how to' articles and winning international competitions. This one image alone is worth many times more than the camera - and the camera is still in perfect condition with no damage and has taken hundreds more 'at risk' images ;-) Take care and all the best, cheers, ChrisNov 17, 2011
- Ah yes, but most of us are not making money from our images and our 5d (or whatever brand/model others own and treasure) is our primary or only camera. For us the risk is not worth the gain.
Your situation is different you are a pro and your 5d is your tertiary body you can afford to lose one as it is just cost of sales and probably covered under your business insurance anyway. A amateurs camera would not be covered because a home insurer would describe mounting a camera to a skateboard as negligent.
Different situation. That's why I use the gopro as it is my tertiary camera, designed for the task and I could afford another on the slight chance I killed it. Others might not be in a position to risk even a gopro. They might opt for a $50 pov cam instead.
The point I'm making in my waffling way is that we are all in different situations. If my 15 year old read your post and mounted my 5d or even his 40d to a skateboard I would be pretty pissed even if he didn't hurt it. Be mindful of what your words might cause others to do.Nov 17, 2011
- Hi PauI. I do appreciate your opinion but I still don't waiver from mine ;-)
As I said "no pain no gain". In order to succeed you must be prepared to take carefully calculated risks in all facets of life, it's up to the individual to judge their own situation. I am NOT encouraging anyone to necessarily follow in my footsteps but if I worry about what peoples teenage children may do when they see my images I would unfortunately be out work, and this is a career that I am passionate about....
I have been creating this type of image full time for over 20 years and have yet to damage a camera!!
Take care and most importantly - have fun with your photography! Cheers, ChrisNov 17, 2011
- You don't have to waiver from yours. As I said different methods/ideas for different people and situations.Nov 17, 2011