DJI (Phantom Maker) Is the Devil incarnate! (But they get you hooked!)

There will be more to come on this but suffice it to say that if there were ANY OTHER company, making a quality drone, I’d be all over them.

This is an image taken in the Florida Keys.  It is one of only 28 TOTAL images before the drone crashed and drowned in salt water.  At this point, I had flown it a total of three times and it crashed on me three times.  I do believe there was a problem with it — Long story coming soon!  I am now waiting on my THIRD replacement drone!!!!  Yes, third.  The second one did not work out of the box.  But man! the images/video are just too much to pass up.  More to come at a later date!  Stay tuned.

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Shark Hunting, Key West

We had a Catamaran for a half day out of Key West.  There were eight of us on the boat;  we headed out in search of sharks and, well we found them!  or, I should say they found us!  We were in about six feet of water, and about 4-5 miles out.  And yes, only six feet of crystal, clear water.  Just gorgeous views with glassy seas.  Here are some images…

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Feeding Frenzy – 4 sharks, shallow water. 55-200
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Glassy Smooth Seas. 18-55 @ 18mm

Ten Days on The (Sandy & Wet) Road with the X-T1 System

Well I’m now back from 10+ days down in the Florida Keys, Key West, and the Dry Tortugas. In a previous post I promised to record some stats with regards to what lenses I used and how many images were taken with each one.  Here we are:

Grand total images:  5,860

Fuji 18-55:  3,190

Fuji 16mm 1.4:  1,776

Fuji 55-200:  560

Zeiss Touit 12mm 2.8:  240

Fuji 23mm 1.4:  94

Fuji 35mm 1.4:  Zero.  Nada.  Zip

As i expected the 18-55 just rocks!  Images are amazing.  Solid, clear and sharp.  The 18-55 is just so darn versatile! The images below was taken with the 18-55 in case you were wondering.  To start, and end each day, the 18-55 was on the X-T1.  No questions asked. From there, depending on the situation, I would switch to another lens if warranted.  In my opinion it is truly a classic!  I love it!  In all honesty I was a bit concerned;  I even thought about buying or renting the 18-135 which is weather resistant as I wasn’t 100% positive about the 18-55 surviving all the sand, salt water and torrential rains. I’m glad I kept the faith and just used my 18-55. On the other hand  I’ve heard from quite a few folks that their copy isn’t sharp. That’s a darn shame because it is an extremely versatile lens no matter what.

Keep in mind, I was in and around sand and salt water 90% of the time I was down there– and for three full days I was on a small island, with four other individuals after the boat dropped us off, and in sand all. day.  long.  My biggest fear was damaging one of the lenses as the only one that I own that is weather resistant is the 16mm.  In future posts (as i just started reviewing images) I will show photos where I’m literally laying at the waters edge, with the camera on the sand.  Now of course my hands are coated in wet sand and salt water — but ALL the lenses performed great and are still working!  The only slight issue I had was with the X-T1 body.  I got some sand stuck under the on/off button and it was a bear to turn on or off.  That’s it.  Eventually it cleaned itself out because all is well. Each and every lens was used in sand, and salt water. I was at the shoreline, or physically in the water (see two images below) when photographing certain scenes for stock use. I had props that I had to place and organize, and when I was doing that, the camera was sitting on the wet sand.  That was my biggest fear – that I would mess up one of the lenses but I feared for no reason whatsoever.

Storm & Dual Rainbows X-T1, 18-55, 77mm Singh-Ray Polarizer to protect lens from rain and salt water 1/110th F4.5, ISO 200 Velvia Soaked camera and lens in salt water splash from boat and rain water.
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X-T1, 18-55, 77mm Singh-Ray Polarizer to protect lens from rain and salt water
1/110th F4.5, ISO 200 Velvia
Soaked camera and lens in salt water splash from boat and rain water.
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments.  Clear huh?
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments. Crystal Clear Waters.
X-T1, 18-55 @ 25.4mm, 1/2 second exposure, F3.6, ISO 200, Tripod, Remote, raw file processed as Velvia
X-T1, 18-55 @ 25.4mm, 1/2 second exposure, F3.6, ISO 200, Tripod, Remote, raw file processed as Velvia, pre-sunrise with stars in a clear blue sky

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