markbdaniels

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    Johannesburg Skydiving Club
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  1. markbdaniels

    Where in world has this criteria?

    This is the shit we have to deal with http://www.enca.com/south-africa/watch-taxis-play-chicken-commuters-lives?utm_content=buffer2c1bf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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    Volt Main Canopy?

    That canopy is produced here in South Africa - maybe that is why it is cheap? (The pilot is also produced in South Africa). Our exchange rate is terrible at the moment if we bringing stuff here from USA but the other way around.... I have not jumped it nor any of the Parachute system canopies, but I have heard a lot of positive things from other jumpers about this canopy.
  3. markbdaniels

    Do I need to keep my dslr?

    A5100 looks pretty cool. Looks like the only thing you losing from the A6000 is the view finder which you don't care about anyways... http://m.dpreview.com/previews/sony-alpha-a5100
  4. markbdaniels

    Do I need to keep my dslr?

    With regards to the A6000 vs A5000, if I remember correctly the 5000 does not have a view finder (who cares if you using it for skydiving). It has a slower burst rate (again probably not a bad thing as 11 fps is probably too much for most). I don't think it has the fast AF that the 6000 has. I think it's only contrast detect focus if I'm not mistaken.
  5. markbdaniels

    Do I need to keep my dslr?

    Keeping in mind I am a amateur ground photographer (with aspirations to become a freefall photographer)... In my opinion, by moving from an entry-level Nikon to the Sony A6000, I would say you not losing anything and you are gaining lots. Have a look at http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D3200-vs-Sony-Alpha-A6000 - which lists the pros and cons of the d3200 vs A6000. 1. According to the link - the d3200 has faster AF but looking at reviews I know the A6000 AF is super fast too ("the world's fastest autofocus for a APS-C mirrorless camera") 2. A6000 Shoots faster - 11fps vs 4fps 3. Probably the main reason I want the A6000 is it is a lot smaller and lighter than DSLR, especially when you throw on a small pancake prime like 16mm. That is really important if you want to skydive with a camera on your head Having said that, I have not played with the A6000 yet, but I have ordered one
  6. markbdaniels

    New Zealand dropzones

    Thanks Stumpy, the link seems to work from my phone and now my browser
  7. markbdaniels

    New Zealand dropzones

    Hey Stumpy, Do know what skydive Auckland is like? There website does not seem to work... Do you know if they have a turbine AC? Thanks!
  8. markbdaniels

    New Zealand dropzones

    N/A
  9. markbdaniels

    New Zealand dropzones

    Daaam Thanks for the info guys, this is quite disheartening...
  10. markbdaniels

    New Zealand dropzones

    Hi, Please could you help me with a list of New Zealand dropzones? Sports jumper friendly, not tandem factory. Also is there a skydive forum like this for new Zealand? Thanks
  11. markbdaniels

    GoPro Hero4 for professional tandem video?

    How would an ND filter help here?
  12. markbdaniels

    Citizens for quiet skies

    This is Norman...
  13. markbdaniels

    Canon T3I vs Nikon

    Your friend would be wrong - you should have gone for a Sony You will always find people gunning for 1 brand. In my opinion Canon/Nikon is the same thing, its just which ever one you chose first when you first started buying camera gear. I'm still keen to get myself the Sony A6000 though...
  14. markbdaniels

    Where in world has this criteria?

    Just this morning in sunny South Africa... I commute to work via a train known as Gautrain. A piece of shit taxi "gang" was beating up a women outside Gautrain station. Ran up to them while trying to find pepper spray that was not there (got new bike pants last night and pepper spray in the old ones). One dude threatened me to stay away. Couple other people came came to help too. Pretty much as I got there it stopped. I then took photos and videos of them. They were threatening me. Apparently what happened before was the taxi cut her off (as per usual). They started swearing at each other. Taxi driver got out and started smashing her mirrors and and windows and then she pepper sprayed him. They caught up with her by Gautrain... Taxis think they own the road. If you park by the Gautrain they threaten you saying its there spot....
  15. markbdaniels

    Trevor Noah - Comparing Africa to the USA

    He does not mention that SA is falling apart... We use candles more than light bulbs nowdays