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  1. evh

    Color the line attachment points on the canopy

    Simple answer: don't mess with your gear, we have professionals for that. Sometimes the simple things can have totally unexpected consequences.
  2. evh

    How to sight in a ringsight

    I choose a point on the horizon, far away. I zoom the camera as much in as it can. With the helmet on my head, I ask a friend to point the camera (and my head) to that that point. To judge this, a live view from the camera is needed, or a few seconds delay on the gopro app is also OK. With the app you could probably even do it on your own. Then I adjust my sight for the same point on the horizon. My sights are aligned for infinite distance; but since I know the distance between my lense and my eye (10 cm or 4"), I compensate by pointing the sight 10 cm below the point I want centered. So if I want someones eyes of in the center of the picture, I aim for their chin. This works for every distance. And what also helps: with a new setup I often spend a few minutes shooting pictures around the house, trying to frame the pictures and later check how far off I was. You learn a lot that way. Just wait till you are home alone for it, 'cause you look rediculus doing this ;-)
  3. I'd love to learn to fly like this, in fact I tried a few weeks ago but failed miserably . I can sitfly pretty well, but apparently not in my camera suit with big wings and booties. So what should I look for in a suit? Any other tips?
  4. I agree, after a freefall jump without earplugs I am (temporarily) almost deaf anyway. I don't think I would hear anyone shouting under canopy, at least for the first critical seconds.
  5. Well said. Imho, both methods work, both have their pro's and con's. Both have been tested a lot, and I am pretty sure that statistics will not prove one or the other better or worse ( if I am wrong, I would be very interested in facts and figures). Best advise is to pick your poison, understand the consequences and stick with it.
  6. Yes. A static line student of mine managed to disconnect her RSL while kicking out linetwists. Big surprise when she cut away and made her first free fall Luckily it all ended well.
  7. evh

    I can't flare right!

    Don't wait till june to fix it. Screwing up landings causes stress for the next landing, and this can easily lead to a downward spiral of worsening landings. I've seen it happen to others, I've had it happen to me too. I've seen people quit the sport because of it. What helped is talking to some good (local) canopy pilots, asking them to watch my landings and discussing the problems I had. I learned a new (to me) trick that fixed it in no-time.
  8. evh

    Camcorder Vs Action Cam

    perhaps you already found this, but Trunk has a lot of great info on his site: https://gethypoxic.com/blogs/technical/whats-what-in-camera-flying-for-2017
  9. I am pretty sure that this is wrong. If you want to define wingloading as "weight devided by surface area", the resulting unit has to be something like N/m^2 (or the equivalent imperial units like lbf/ft^2 ??) You cannot redefine the formula without redefining the units. You broke wikipedia ;-)
  10. evh

    Sony X3000 side mount?

    Using a second camera for backup during competition, in case 1 fails. Homebuilt mount, it's not that hard. Just a flat plate and some screws. The angle: When standing upright, looking at the horizon in a natural position, the camera also looks straight ahead. So no, not a problem at all. I am very happy with this setup, except when dropping staticline students from the 182.
  11. evh

    Sony X3000 side mount?

    Actually this is not so bad, I have a pair of X3000's mounted on my G3. Since the lens is higher on the camera than a GoPro, you can mount it very far to the back without getting the helmet or the visor in the camera's view. I can get my visor almost al the way open.
  12. evh

    Sony X3000 side mount?

    I used to jump much, much bigger camera's sidemounted. All the problems you mention are true, but managable and they were not a big deal for me. So with the X3000 I would think this would be even less of a problem. There are plenty of reasons to use a sidemount. Jumping from small planes (C182, c206), you don't have a lot of space above your head. Climbing out of a bigger plane, much more risk of bumping the lens againt the top of the door. Dropping staticline students, sidemount gives a much better perspective (filming faces instead of the top of a helmet ;-) ). I currently don't have one, but if I ever have time I might make one. I am also not claiming sidemount is always better; most of the time it's not.
  13. I have always packed that way since I got my own gear. Much easier to control the fabric, and for me results in much neater packjobs. I don't think it affects the slider, compared to "normal" packing. At least I never had any problems that I know of. I guess I have done rougly 1800 packjobs that way, most on a Pilot 168 and a Crossfire 129, a few on a Navigator 240 and the smallest was a Katana 107.
  14. evh

    Sony X3000 stabilisation issues

    Mine (I have 2) are rock solid with stabilisation on. Could be helmet vibration? I don't shoot 4K by the way... have you ever tried HD?
  15. Can you explain what you mean with "handful to fly"?