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  1. It's funny you said this. There was a guy at our DZ with a coaches' rating and 100 jumps. We got into an arguement as to whether or not 100 jumps was enough for a coach rating. I had over 250 jumps at the time and was just going through the coaches' course, finally feeling like I knew enough to help a newer jumper. This guy was pretty pissed at me for thinking that a 100 jump wonder probably didn't have the experience to be a coach. The same guy now is pushing 400 jumps and was telling me that 100 jumps isn't enough for a coaches' rating Jen I completely agree. Didn't go for a coach rating at 100 jumps, because after spending a weekend at a large DZ last spring...I realized how lost I was (still am). Jen, it was nice meeting you at Eloy last weekend!
  2. Odd that it took this long for it to become a story. It's been that way for years, this is nothing new. Spend a little time in a mall there (there are hundreds of them) and you'll see the "spies" all over the place.
  3. Not quite...Duane Chapman has been trying to make it as an entertainer for most of his adult life. You don't hear much about it, but the guy has pitched a show on what he does to several networks, and eventually ended paying a small production company to shoot and produce a pitch piece for him. Can't take any credit away from the guy, he's done well, and he's a monster success with viewers. However, he's *always* playing to a camera. Doesn't matter where or how, he's always playing to the camera. Most folks are smart enough to see that, I think. Rough deal that he's being extradited, however.
  4. What was his reason? Unless I hear a good one, I won't ever order anything from him. It's not my story to tell... I'd probably feel the same as you, however, if I wasn't aware of how things were for him. I'm sure others feel the same as you. All I can say is that I'll be ordering another lens from him shortly, and will consider it as a "second chance." I believe everyone deserves a couple...having needed a second chance at one point or another in my life.
  5. I don't think Max "fought" reversal of charges, he just didn't respond to bank requests. He explained his position/situation to me, and I found it to be reasonable enough that I'll be doing business with him again, more than likely. As others said many times, he's a good guy. He went through rough times. He apologized, and made it right. AFAIC, that's a stand-up response. I wish I'd have had my lenses for a couple of events, but I also understand sh** happens.
  6. Very easy, you can do it on the cheap or on the expensive. Just plan on a good lens, great sticks (tripod) and a good eye. Skydivers can be tough to pick out against the sky depending on cloud cover, position of the sun, etc. There are systems made specifically for shooting skydivers in the air. Sony began making systems for shooting skydivers ground to air back in the early 70's. They were aimed much like an anti-aircraft gun. Anyway, it can be done even with fixed lenses. this article gives a little information on one location we recently produced, and has some very low-rez video.
  7. Dunno which video you were watching, but there are several AFF launches in that vid. Doesn't really show the chop well, but if you watch, it does show the opening twice, once in slo-mo.
  8. To clarify my earlier post, the discussion during which I was present (on the floor, and after the CSP gathering (this was at RumBullion's), was probably borne out of the riggers discussion, as the question of removing RSL's was a part of the discussion.
  9. If the conversation you heard was similar to one I was part of, the comment was indeed made that the Skyhook "should become mandatory" but not that it "would" become mandatory. There was also a discussion about the stupidity of AAD's being mandatory, and the associated liabilities that the DZ takes on when they require an AAD. Any DZ that requires a Skyhook, and if a Skyhook doesn't make a save...the DZ becomes liable, according to the person who was speaking at PIA in two different venues on two different days.
  10. Jump 31. Not exactly a perfect barrel roll, but not terrible, either.
  11. Split, hold CTRL, drag. This makes a copy and places it whereever you'd like to place it.
  12. It "nearly" fits both the Cookie and Bonehead box. I'll post pix tomorrow evening when I'm back home. With a bit of Dremel time, it'll fit.
  13. it does. I've now got 15 jumps with the cam, and very pleased with it thus far. It doesn't make me a better shooter, but it does look great. If you're at Eloy for the money meet by chance, have manifest page me, I'll give you the nickel tour if you're curious. Everyone on the load seems to look at the silver body and either go "ooohhh, is that the new one...?" or "Yeah, seen it, it's just a DV cam..." The silver definitely is the weakest overall point. That, plus the fact that I've got several 30mm thread lenses that obviously can't be stepped up properly to the 37mm mount/thread.
  14. for a final update, my lenses arrived today as promised, Max apologized profusely, and I'll likely be doing business with him again.
  15. Frame grabs are identical between all three of them in identical good light. The only place the HC7 significantly shines over previous HC's, is that like the HC1, it has a mic input, and it does better in very low light. Stills are better in this cam than in any previous HDV cam. But they're still video cam-derived stills, and therefore not as good as something from an XTi.
  16. "Gets away with?" or merely states a self-determined fact based on experience? Rig manufacturers are also held to scrutiny in that article, regardless of it's age. Jan Meyer's forgotten more about skydiving than many folks will ever know. That experience does lead to a certain level of well-informed credibility, wouldn't you agree? Even though the article is *very* old in terms of what's changed in recent times, wouldn't you agree that the pack job is responsible for the majority of malfunctions? Are you a full-time packer?
  17. Experience and expertise aren't the same thing, which seems to be what you're saying. On the flip side, one has to look at a guy like Jonathan Tagle who was in world competitions 2 years after his first skydive, jumping 866 times in his first year. Certainly not experienced, but no one can deny his expertise... My opinion is that it varies from person to person just like anything else. "He took to it like a fish to water" is a common phrase for a reason...some people are more apt to be accelerated learners than others. In anything, IMO.
  18. You'll be very happy, particularly when you punch up the color just a tad. Be aware that in low light, it autoswitches to 30fps to punch up the light, and it will still be noisy. I've got one, used it on a shoot in a remote area recently where latitude was insane, going from extreme reflection on snow/sunlight to very dark, virtually no light in spaces of split seconds, and the HC7 did very, very well.
  19. Not here, and not in Park City. We had new snow just this a.m. Park City/Deer Valley hasn't been dry at all. If I remember right, they opened early this year.
  20. Seeing the video opened my eyes. Please don't see it as anything but a "Damn, I hope no one else ever does this..." I for one, really appreciated seeing it rather than being told about it. Very glad you came out of it okay.
  21. Bill, There are some VERY cheap rooms on Ebay at Park City right now... Park City lodging on Ebay. My business partner just picked up a week there for 370.00.
  22. I'm confused myself, now... I have a small bar magnet, a kids toy. It's marked as "100 Gauss." I have a bulk tape eraser that allegedly measures at up to 280 Gauss. Owners manual for bulk eraser claims 70-80 Gauss will scramble a tape, and 280 Gauss is required to "deep erase" a tape. The eraser requires a cycle wherein it builds to maximum Gauss, then returns to zero, switches polarity, builds to maximum Gauss, returns to zero, switches polarity...you get the picture. 100 Gauss magnet is easy to pull from the stove or other metal object. So Bill, are your magnets perhaps 350 Gauss? Even if that be the case, I'm not concerned about tape, simply because we passed two tapes over/under your riser covers, and nothing got erased nor scrambled. Then again, I won't be buying a new rig with or without magnetic riser covers for a while.
  23. Are you using a third party/non-Sony battery? This is fairly common in that event. If you're seeing error C31, that's potentially the problem. If it's not the battery, it can often be a bit of dirt or other material fouling the arm that the cassette blocks. Sometimes this indicates the drum motor is failing. If it is the drum motor, plan on tossing the cam in the trash, because the cost is far beyond the value of the camcorder. This error can also be caused by wrinkles or errors in the surface on the tape. Have you tried other tapes? Condensation *can* cause this error as well, according to Sony's tech manual. Here's a list of Sony Error Codes, dunno if it helps.. C 04 00 Non-standard battery is used. Use the info LITHIUM battery. C 21 00 Condensation. Remove the cassette, and insert it again after one hour. C 22 00 Video head is dirty. Clean with the optional cleaning cassette. C 31 10 LOAD direction. Loading does not complete within specified time Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 11 UNLOAD direction. Loading does not complete within specified time Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 20 T reel side tape slacking when unloading. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 21 Winding S reel fault when counting the rest of tape. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 22 T reel fault. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 23 S reel fault. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 24 T reel fault. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 30 FG fault when starting capstan. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 40 FG fault when starting drum. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 31 42 FG fault during normal drum operations. Load the tape again, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 20 T reel side tape slacking when unloading. Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 21 Winding S reel fault when counting the rest of tape. Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 22 T reel fault. Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 23 S reel fault. Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 24 T reel fault. Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 30 FG fault when starting capstan. Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 40 FG fault when starting drum Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. C 32 42 FG fault during normal drum operations Remove the battery or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. E 61 00 Difficult to adjust focus Inspect the lens block focus reset sensor E 61 10 Zoom operations fault Inspect the lens block zoom reset sensor E 62 00 Steadyshot function does not work well. Inspect pitch angular velocity sensor E 62 01 Steadyshot function does not work well. Inspect yaw angular velocity sensor