#40. "RE: Why Get a Battery Pack? MBD11" In response to In response to 39 Mon 07-Jan-13 01:01 AM by Bravozulu
Los Angeles, US
Thanks, Stan. I just ordered the Pixel from Amazon. If anyone cares, I'll report back on my evaluation when it arrives from Hong Kong in 10 days.
On one hand, I understand a bit about quality control and strength of materials and such. On the other, even though I shot for decades in a rough and tumble world of public events, I tend not to break things. I never use filters to protect lenses. I'm simply easy on equipment, although at times the shooting felt as if I was in combat.
At the airlines, I was tasked to go up in small planes and shoot 35mm images at 4 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile, 1/2 mile from the touchdown zone of 'difficult' airports we serviced. Hanging out of small Cessna (with the door removed), winds buffeting like hell, beaucoup turbulence from preceding wide body jets. It was a wild ride, but fun. A difficult airport would get that qualification if the approach was over obstructions that could cause a crash. Hong Kong, with its famous "Checkerboard" aiming point directly over the city is one. Switzerland has a few such designated airports. In the US, when they allowed the construction of a 6-level parking structure a few blocks from the TDZ at San Diego, it qualified. The crash of a PSA (Pacific Southwest Airline) DC-9 was linked to that parking building. The building is still there.
If an airline flies to any of those problem airports, the pilot has a 3-ring binder in the cockpit with photos on the flightpath at successively closer points. Starting at 4 miles out. He can then recognize the hazards before getting close.
Back to my point. Last summer, after I bought my D7000, I got out my old aluminum camera cases and spiffed up my 6 film lenses to photograph them for eBay. They sure didn't reveal the trying circumstances to which they'd been subjected.