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Super fun day shooting and testing new DSLR POV rig

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  • #796205

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Super fun day shooting and testing new DSLR POV rig with TR, Frosty and Cheasby.

    Kyle’s trail is one of the gnarliest in the province for sure. Pretty stoked on the rig. Think I have it dialled.









    #796237

    jcitizen
    Participant

    That’s a dslr you have mounted on your chest or whatever? You have a bar mount remote or something? Look really good – a lot better than go pro

    #796238

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks @jcitizen. Yep this is my Nikon D4 (full frame DSLR) mounted to a custom chest mount I made. Cant post pics just yet. It gives me much better control over exposure and how my final image turns out. It’s also a better file, a RAW file, and is something that a publication would run.

    I’m still a bit worried about the camera getting damaged. It’s well secured but a good crash would really cause some serious damage. I’m going to look for an older body, maybe a D90 or D7000, to use for this rig. I’de really like to keep it full frame but I am looking at lighter crop sensor options. It needs to have a decent frame rate and buffer. The camera rig fits super snug and riders said it was easy to ride with.

    I am triggering the camera along the side of the rail via a pair of Pocket Wizards. I am also working on a small bar mount option that I can use to trigger it myself should I be the chase rider. The actual pocket wizard is too big. These aren’t hard to make nowadays but me triggering it trail side is the best when another rider is outfitted with the mount.

    #796240

    jcitizen
    Participant

    Ah, sneaky. I totally thought you were triggering it mid-ride. I’d definitely use a lesser camera for this kinda shooting. Unless you can can afford a 1-2000 dollar mistake, that is! ha ha

    #796241

    hungqlam
    Participant

    Love it, Marc! I’ve seen guys run a bar-mounted push button with a cable down to the PW where it’s nested within the frame for protection. Killer shots.

    #796242

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Ah, sneaky. I totally thought you were triggering it mid-ride. I’d definitely use a lesser camera for this kinda shooting. Unless you can can afford a 1-2000 dollar mistake, that is! ha ha

    It’s my D4, so it would be a very costly 8k day.. I could live with a 1k ouchie but would really suck to lose my DH. maybe wasn’t such a good idea to try it on the crazy trails we did?

    #796243

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Love it, Marc! I’ve seen guys run a bar-mounted push button with a cable down to the PW where it’s nested within the frame for protection. Killer shots.

    Thanks @hunglam I have a bunch of mounts and articulating arms as well to mount cameras. I’ve used them a lot shooting for component manufactures but prefer this rider perspective for action and emotion. I find it really makes you feel part of the shot, like you could just grab hold of the bars and jump in. It’s how we see things when we ride. You cant see the rig in these shots but lets just say you could definitely not ride at the speed or on the trail we rode with the camera clamped to the bikes like they were. Really throws off the balance and they are way more exposed then on the riders chest.


    #796253

    DrV
    Participant

    Great shots! Any chance you could include a photo of the mounted rig?

    #796258

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Great shots! Any chance you could include a photo of the mounted rig?

    Thanks @drv ! It’s still not something I can share publicly. It took a lot of time and money to develop so I need to get some return on it before i can share images of it. Sorry.

    #798551

    DrV
    Participant

    No problem. Thanks for sharing your images. Looking forward to seeing more results of your shooting. Really great shots!

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