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Everything posted by markbdaniels

  1. This is the shit we have to deal with
  2. 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. 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...
  4. 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. 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 - 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. Thanks Stumpy, the link seems to work from my phone and now my browser
  7. 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. Daaam Thanks for the info guys, this is quite disheartening...
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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....
  12. He does not mention that SA is falling apart... We use candles more than light bulbs nowdays
  13. ... What did South Africa have before candles - Electricity!! This place is falling apart... Where in world has this criteria: 1. Most people speak English 2. Government not grossly corrupt. 3. Government educated and competent. 4. People follow the rules of the road. 5. Police not mostly criminal and are competent. 6. You don't need to be worried about getting robbed/hijacked all the time 7. The weather "jumpable' most of the year 8. A wind tunnel not too far away (I am flexible on the tunnel) 9. Large skydiving community
  14. Sony rumors are flying with a new sensor which is going to make the current sensors obsolete...
  15. If you worried about weight, and you probably should be if you using the camera for skydiving, why don't you go for the Sony A6000 mirrorless. Sony vs 7D 11 fps vs 10 fps 468g (inc kit lens) vs 910g (body only) $649 vs $1,799.00 Just my noob opinion...
  16. I'm still waiting for just 1 tunnel in South Africa. My life will be complete then.
  17. Good to hear I am not the only one getting more nervous as I get more experience
  18. Awesome, please put up a pic of your setup I really am keen to get the A6000 once I get the spare cash. FYI there is a rumor of Sony launching a Full Frame mirrorless which will cost around $1000. No EVF but who cares if you using it for skydiving... If the autofocus is as good as the A6000 I'm keen
  19. Is it just me or did they completely copy Jedi Air Wear from the UK Freefall Suits: JEDI AIR WEAR:
  20. Ok so I have watched the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 vids about 20 times each
  21. Nice thing about the A6000 is its super fast hybrid auto-focus - it can shoot at 11 fps with AF inbetween each and every shot. The 3N has slower contrast detect AF so as far as I know, in burst mode it locks the AF on the first shot and if your subject moves thereafter all the following shots will be out of focus.