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Parrot Mambo FPV … Like & Dislike

After a lot of flights … I reached some considerations. So, in a nutshell, what I like and what I don’t like.

Like

Easy to control with the Flypad: Mambo responds very quickly to our commands.

Battery life...but if you don’t use camera and hulls. So 10 minutes with a “bare” drone…down to 6 minutes with a completely “dressed” drone.

You can use the camera  on a “Non-FPV” Mambo ( so you can buy only the cam and the cockpitglasses ). But see the Don’t Like.

It’s possible to adjust the interpupillary distance for a correct view. Remember to launch the FreeFlight Mini app and to activate the FPV mode before to use the Cockpitglasses.

The Mambo FPV idea: you can try a race drone without spend a lot of money. This drone is very not-expensive. But see the Don’t Like.

Don’t like

Sometime tot easy to connect : if there are some other wifi-networks around, it could be difficult. This is the correct procedure to connect Flypad & Smartphone.

  • Power on the Mambo (inserting the battery), there is not power button on the drone.
  • When the red lights start flashing green, power on the Flypad (pushing the ‘Parrot’ button).
  • Start the wifi on the smartphone and connect to the Mambo_XXXX wifi ( XXXX is the code of your drone).
  • Start the app FreeFlight Mini. Pay attention: perhaps there are some firmware upgrades.

The camera is not connected to the Mambo: the camera takes only the power from the drone ..so, if you want to download the videos, you have to take out the Micro-SD from the drone and put it on a Micro-SD reader. it’s not possible to download the videos directly from the app. But see the Like.

It not possible to record different flight-configurations…to use for different types of flights: I mean speed, speed-rotation, left/right speed..and so on.

You cannot use this drone for a true race: the video lag (due to the wifi connection) is rather hight: good for a “quite” FPV flight, but not for a serious race. The risk is to hit an obstacle that seems distant.

Conclusions: I like it! Easy to use and it’s an expensive drone for first steps towards FPV races.

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Traveling light!?

1996 : Holidays! A good chance for taking a lot of pictures with my camera, some camera rolls and a little battery:

 Canon FT                                                                   Camera Roll

So I have a lot of space in my bag for a sandwich too! There were a great kinds of films: Color, Black&White, Slides…but they were ‘standard camera rolls’: I could put them in every film-based camera. Returned home I brought my films to a laboratory for developing them…and after 2/3 days I had my holidays’ printed pictures!

2016 : Holidays! A good chance for taking a lot of pictures with my camera , my memory cards, my batteries, my Laptop ( or a lot of memory cards  ), my card reader, my usb cables and a battery charger..ehy! in my bag there is no space for my sandwich!!

Today I need ( almost ) 2 batteries for my camera if I want a take pictures for all the day, 2 memory cards (almost, specially if I use Raw ). Returned to the hotel I have to remember to charge the batteries and, if I have no more space in the memory cards, I have to upload the pictures to my Laptop. Today is (quite) impossible traveling light…I think that the technology is getting worse our ( photographic ) life! But the worst thing is that we don’t print our pictures!!! We post them on Internet…in a space where there are millions of picures…and so they will lost in that infinite ocean of pictures… On my humble opinion we’d start to print them again..in a big format and to hang them in our house.

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The two bikes

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The two bikes

Optimized Classic Chrome Preset ( FujiFilmX ) for Lightroom

A little optimization of the Classic Chrome preset of Lightroom: just a little change on Clarity, Saturation and Tone Curve. At the end of the post the  link to download the template. To install in Lightroom: right-click (win) or ctrl-click (Imac) on user presets and then choose import.

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You can download the template here: Classic Chrome

Fujifilm X100T VS Sony Rx100M3 in Street Photography

Fujifilm X100T VS Sony Rx100M3 in Street Photography: which is the best?

I like very much the Street Photography and I have to choose between two cameras: X100T and Rx100M3…so…which is the best for this kind of photography?

In the following table my personal considerations:

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First of all both of them were produced in 2014..so the technology is the same. I have a sufficient “budget” to buy the more expensive? (Ok…yes). The dimension is important because I need a camera that I can always carry with me…the X100T on this point is very good…while the RX100 for my is a little too small. The dimension of the sensor is very important: big sensor means better ISO. The tiltable screen is useful but not essential…like the image stabilization: if you have a lens with a high aperture you don’t need the stabilization. Wireless is very useful, but in any case you can by a wireless SD. I don’t consider the zoom because the best lens for street photography is 35 or 28.

A very difficult decision! So I bought the Fujifilm X100T as my first main camera..and the Rx100M3 as a second camera ( very small I can carry in my jacket or coat .. always..and I can use it as a photographic “block notes”).

Lightroom Settings for Fujifilm X100T RAW pictures

These are my Lightroom‘s settings for Fujifilm X100T when I import RAW pictures. These are a not definitive settings, but a start point to continue (eventually) the editing. It’s an error to apply the same settings to all the pictures, because all the pictures are different: but we can start with a good base…and then continue to edit.

Some years ago, when I developed and I printed by myself my analogic black&white films, my  trick to have a good-basic development was to begin and to end the camera roll during the day: in order to have the same lighting conditions. So it was easier to print pictures (and develop too): the starting exposure was (more or less) the same for all of them. Of course I had to “edit”, to customize the prints locally, but the starting point was very important to avoid a test print for each single picture. We can do the same in the digital editing with standard setting. On the X100T I set the “Classic Chrome” profile.

 

 

Penis’ characteristics … and photography

Generally speaking Men ( i.e. “male photographers”  )  are spending a lot of time to measure “it”: ‘Mine is 12 inch in length’, ‘Mine is bigger than your’, ‘Mine is newer than your’ …while Women ( i.e. “female photographers” ) take “it” without many thoughts … look inside and …. take the picture of the day 🙂  What!? What have you understood? I’m no speaking about sex! The “it” for Men is a lens/camera 🙂 A lens is like a “penis”: men want to have the “best one” or the “latest camera” or the “longest lens” in order to take a good picture, while women are more “practical”: they take a whatsoever camera, look around and, I’m sure, take a very good photowhile men are loosing themself into the infinte functions of the camera I don’t want to say that men are “stupid”, but only that men look at technology more than women do ( in general ). Am I right? 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Snapseed settings for ready-to-use pictures

Try these settings for a first editing on Snapseed . Only few passages to have a better photo. These settings are a good start to continue with editing.

Filter -> Drama:

  • Filter Strength: +60
  • Saturation: +20

Tool -> Tune Image:

  • Contrast: +30
  • Saturation: +20
  • Ambiance: +20

Tool -> Detail:

  • Sharspening: +40

 

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