Why i love my FF2
Review by: Newbie, 2005-07-26
Why do i love my FF2?
* Because customer service is absolutely second to none. Constant email contant from the company, a courtesy call the day after my helmet arrived to make sure i had received it and was happy with it, follow up advice when i called them back on how best to fit my camera and lens set up, and above all, being told it will be 6-8 weeks to produce (it was peak season after all) and having them turn the entire thing around from order to delivery in just under 4! How can you fault that??
* The helmet itself - it's wonderful. Sure these things are expensive, but if you tot up a bonehead optik plus D box or similar, you are looking at the same price. What do you get with an FF2? Well, you get what you not only WANT (smooth, perfectly contoured lines, a perfect fit, easily accessible camera, a nice fat chin cup thats comfy and will hold the helmet to your head like a rock) and what you NEED (wonderful attention to detail, good instructions on how to set up the helmet (mine had the cutaway installed) so you are ready to go, expansion for stills at a later date with the flat top, double internal audible pockets, and a cutaway system that will work under pressure.
I have to say, i have not jumped with any other camera helmet, and while i only have about 30 jumps with my FF2, i really am very happy i got it. I was weighing up the pros and cons of whether to go the cheaper route, get an L bracket and such like, but to be honest, i thought "whats the point in saving £50 or even £100 here or there if i have to cutaway my camera and lose £500 of hard earned cash?". Not to mention the fact that i'd rather not have lines tangled up there in the first instance!
There is a lot to be said when putting on your helmet at 12k, waiting for the red light, ratcheting up the chin cup in 2 seconds for a nice snug fit, watching the door open and glancing at the cam eye to make sure you are good to go, hitting record and then not having to worry and just being able to concentrate solely on the jump ahead - in a way, and i know this sounds corny, but the helmet has actually bought me a peace of mind, that i think is very important just before you are about to jump, and to me, that's money well spent! Thanks Allie, Ram and Steve - you guys have one happy and satisfied customer on your hands!
If you guys would like to see some pics of my FF2, you can check out this post here
where, the Royal Lens i used was SO flush with the camera opening, i didn't think i had mounted it right! Yes, it truly is completely flush with the opening - nothing at all to protrude and snag.