jtiflyer

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  1. http://www.paragear.com/skydiving/10000060/L1353/ Thats where I got mine
  2. The point of the wings during a tandem is not for the fall rate, its for the angle. Because the cameras are on top of your head when you fly on level with a tandem the cameras are looking down at them. It is a horribly framed shot. You need the wings to sit you up (without backsliding) when you fly slightly below level of the tandem which puts the passenger front and center of the video frame. A good question to ask the TI after you why with them is if they needed to lift their head to see you. If yes then you are too high, if not then you are most likely in the right place. Remember the tandem jump is always about the student. NEVER the instructor or yourself.
  3. There is: buy a conceptus tongue switch!! Cheers for the comments though! And apologies for this thread being diverted! yeah no I like not using an adapter and have a nice durable switch
  4. I will 3rd sky switches. Well constructed and very sturdy. If only there was a way to make the actual switch like a conceptus tongue switch which IMO is easier to manipulate.
  5. because its a single frame. Image stabilization is I think just for video (or really expensive stills)
  6. I am using the HDR-HZ1 with the pivot glove with great success. Image stabilization is not needed so you can use the 170 view. The batteries will need to be changed out half way through the day but even that's an easy task. To get the best quality out of the camera you need to slow the shutter speed to prevent the background from "rolling". This is easily accomplished by using a 2 stop neutral density filter inside of the lens protector. The only real gripe is when the camera is set to interval photo, there is no indicator that the camera is going. You push the record button but there is no change to show that it is indeed taking photos. So pretty much you just trust that its working.
  7. Just curious how long you have been shooting video if you think this tiny camera creates a lot of drag on the wind. Ever try shooting in mini d/v (I wasn't jumping when hi8 was in use).
  8. Or Possibly end up like this http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=867_1444912613
  9. why not show compassion and solve the homeless problem here within our own borders first? Or how about we take care of our returning veterans instead of giving away billions to other countries?
  10. How about we do what other countries are doing who don't have this problem? What are they doing differently that causes the stark incredible difference in violent gun death and incidences? Switzerland. They have it figured out. Per capita, they have the highest rate of gun ownership in Europe, but the lowest rate of gun violence. There is a culture there of introducing children to guns in a controlled environment and teaching them about shooting and gun safety. Instead of trying to demonize guns, kids start joining gun clubs as young as 12 years old. Guns are common, available, a major pastime sport, and NORMAL. Here we demonize them. We try to keep hem away from everyone. Some people want one just cause they can't have it. kind of like sex right?? Europe has much more "open" views on sex while here its very taboo.
  11. OK offers a 5 year and 10 year. I think you have to start with the 5, the you can renew with the 10 year. No clue how often, or if they run a check to see if there is a reason to revoke them. I'm trying to conjur up an idea of a gun permit, just not has difficult to get as a CCW (so people don't fight it and it passes in congress), where you can take a Saturday and pick up a free application at your favorite gun shop. Fill in all your info, stop by Walmart and get a $10 passport photo, then take that to the Sherrifs office and give them $15 to finger print you. Leave them you app, photo, prints, and something like a hunter safety course certificate (but just a gun safety class) and a nominal processing fee. They send it in to your state investigative branch (OSBI, or TBI or whatever) and a couple weeks later you get your card. Either a separate card or an authorization on your drivers license. The idea is to do this at a state level, but all held to the same federal standard. Some states will have to give a little (NY) and some will have to take a little (TX). When you buy a gun, rather than a paper application and phone in NICS check, scan your card. Just like your drivers license, any disqualifier will automatically put an electronic hold or revocation on your card. Also at random, Fish and Game officer can see you out hunting and spot check you by calling in your card and seeing if it comes back clear, or if you just spent the weekend in the loony bin and they didn't realize you had a legally obtain gun when you were released. finally somebody has some possible plans to improve the situation on both sides. Too bad most politicians would not touch this.
  12. huh gun free country everybody.... yet somehow it still happens http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-02/parramatta-police-headquarters-site-of-shooting-two-dead/6824320
  13. No, nor is that a realistic expectation. Generally you would look for ways to reduce, not prevent gun crime. This one I agree with. I just don't think the answer can be found on the far left or far right. My position is that in choosing a side I'm going to protect gun rights because I don't think that stripping them away will solve anything. There are an estimated 200 million guns in America owned by an estimated 60-65 million people. Personally, I think the real number is twice that much. If you ban all guns in America, completely disarm the country, and make everything illegal, there are still 200 million guns out there. Most people will not comply, so those guns will be stashed here and there, and steadily people will get caught with them and the prisons will become inundated with otherwise good law abiding people who became a nonviolent criminal over night because they disagreed with a law that violated their constitution. Even if I played along, my approximately $25k collection of firearms becomes illegal and I just hand it over to be melted down without compensation? This is a strawman. No-one is seriously suggesting a total gun ban. There is a lot of middle ground between the totally ineffective system we currently have that fails to keep guns away from people who shouldn't have them (convicted felons, the mentally disturbed), and a total ban. Canada and Australia... have not banned guns, but they do a far better job of preventing gun crime than we do. The USA has the worst record of gun murders of any first world nation. And that is NOT because Americans are just nastier people than Australians, Brits and Canadians. And if you REMOVE DETROIT, CHICAGO, NEW ORLEANS, WASHINGTON DC. We drop to almost the bottom of that list. So we should just ban those cities right?? Maybe raze them and start over? Its not a problem of the tools used, its a society and mental health problem. Incorrect. When comparing rates properly (per 100,000 population), NYC and Chicago don't even make the top 30. Places like Birmingham, KC, St. Louis, Baltimore, Miami and Little Rock are far worse. kdvr.com/2015/05/08/by-the-numbers-here-are-the-most-dangerous-cities-in-america/ and I was speaking as a country. If you remove the numbers from those cities alone, our ranking drops significantly
  14. My father was National Guard out of Fort Ord. Was sent to riots in Los Angeles and demonstrations in Berkley. Never had to engage, but he says the hippies got a whole lot more nervous when they affixed bayonets.
  15. No, nor is that a realistic expectation. Generally you would look for ways to reduce, not prevent gun crime. This one I agree with. I just don't think the answer can be found on the far left or far right. My position is that in choosing a side I'm going to protect gun rights because I don't think that stripping them away will solve anything. There are an estimated 200 million guns in America owned by an estimated 60-65 million people. Personally, I think the real number is twice that much. If you ban all guns in America, completely disarm the country, and make everything illegal, there are still 200 million guns out there. Most people will not comply, so those guns will be stashed here and there, and steadily people will get caught with them and the prisons will become inundated with otherwise good law abiding people who became a nonviolent criminal over night because they disagreed with a law that violated their constitution. Even if I played along, my approximately $25k collection of firearms becomes illegal and I just hand it over to be melted down without compensation? This is a strawman. No-one is seriously suggesting a total gun ban. There is a lot of middle ground between the totally ineffective system we currently have that fails to keep guns away from people who shouldn't have them (convicted felons, the mentally disturbed), and a total ban. Canada and Australia... have not banned guns, but they do a far better job of preventing gun crime than we do. The USA has the worst record of gun murders of any first world nation. And that is NOT because Americans are just nastier people than Australians, Brits and Canadians. And if you REMOVE DETROIT, CHICAGO, NEW ORLEANS, WASHINGTON DC. We drop to almost the bottom of that list. So we should just ban those cities right?? Maybe raze them and start over? Its not a problem of the tools used, its a society and mental health problem.
  16. were they standing army? I thought they were reserve national guard
  17. If you think armed citizens are any threat to the U.S. government, you are living in a dream world. Tanks, drones, fighter jets, cruise missiles, satellite surveillance, etc vs. small arms fire from unorganised, untrained weekend warriors. The 2nd amendment was relevant when it was written and everyone had close to the same level of weaponry. Times change and to keep using the "tyranny" argument is silly. Really?? Al Qaeda, viet cong, afghans against russians? All out manned and out gunned. As I recall the fore fathers were out manned and out gunned as well. Yet here is this country a few hundred years later. If you are dumb enough to stand still and try to go toe to toe with the US military yes you will lose. Guerilla tactics however can and have been proven to be highly effective.
  18. never tired the pancake as it would put the helmet in view as well as the video cameras. I like the 16-50, lets me zoom in for in plane shots if I am not sitting close to the student. Also I can zoom under canopy and get some cool shots.
  19. I have had the 0 reading and the dashes before. L&B replaces them no problem. Only problem I have had with the N3 is the logbook screwing itself up. The battery lasts weeks on a single charge. Alti recently release an elastic wrist band for it as well.
  20. Alti has said they will stop servicing and making parts for the neptune. http://www.alti-2.com/content.php?300-NEPTUNE-NEPTUNE-2-END-OF-LIFE-ANNOUNCEMENT
  21. Yeah because analogs never have problems?? Big difference between digital and analog is you know when a digital goes to shit. An analog might look ok but be 1000s' of feet off.
  22. Were any of those exposed to magnets? I had a teammate that had a atiltrak keep breaking due to close proximity to slider magnets. The N3 is solid. Battery lasts a good while and the menus are easy to navigate. If you use it to log jumps, it will start to screw up (miss log things seemingly at random) past 80 IME.
  23. I will be retiring the A6000 to macro and nature photography, as soon as I can get a A5100.
  24. the 5100 uses the same amazing features as the 6000 for how it focuses. The stock lens produces great images very quickly. If using a go pro then using the stock lens at 16mm is the way I would go. Unless you can find a motorized 16mm, with decent glass.
  25. It will help to know what video camera and lens you are using. I personally use the A6000 with the kit lens at 16mm and am very pleased. It matches the Sony AS200v with stability on very well. The focus speed is unbelievably fast. If you use the 16mm pancake, you set the focus and leave it as it has no motor to focus the lens. If you like to change distance from the target during the jump for different looks, you really need a lens that can focus on the fly.