Had an epiphany? Stepped in a metaphorical cow pie? Share the experience here.
Sony A6000 and 20mm Lens Destroyed….Again….Yes….Again - Part 2 of 2
Part 2 of 2
So why am I writing this story….. I lost another Sony A6000 (my third)…..
While on one of the 10,000 Islands near the Caxambass Pass with my daughter who join me for this sail I pulled out my kite and Stratospool and put the Levitation delta fitted with a Mike LeDuc dynamic spreader. The kite flew great and I was confident to put my auto KAP rig with the Sony A6000 on the line and send it up in the air to capture the wonderful “sand art” from above.
This KAP plan was working well enough that I tied off the delta kite to a piece of driftwood along the shore….. and proceeded to pull out my few month old DJI Mini 2 drone for some fun shots of my daughter and the surrounding area. I did a few spot checks on the Levitation delta and all was going well. A fun 25 minute session with the Mini 2 drone completed successfully…. With many fine 4K videos and stills (jpeg and DNG).
I began to wind in the Levitation delta with the auto KAP rig with my trusty Stratospool kite line reel…..getting ready to pack everything up and head back out for a returning sail.
As the KAP rig neared the ground….. I noticed an odd behavior…. The auto KAP rig was in continuous pan mode… slowly spinning with out stopping or making any tilt movements….. I immediately knew this was not a good sign….
Upon retrieving the auto KAP rig and Sony A6000 camera…. A quick inspection revealed the source of the problem….
I had placed a protective daylight filter on the Sony 20mm lens (to protect against scratches)….when I inspected the lens (still attached to the camera) it was like looking at an aquarium …. The lens was half full of salt water…. Water was trapped between the daylight filter and the lens….. not a pretty sight…..
The camera was not working – no power – ….
The auto KAP rig pan servo was still spinning…..
The CAMremote controller looked suspect…
Basically the camera took a dunk in the Gulf of Mexico with out me noticing (while I was flying the drone) …. The Sony A6000 camera is a lost, the rig is a partial lost, 20mm lens is a lost, I still need to check out the servos and controller…..
I did take some immediate actions, battery removal, flush with fresh water, followed by dry outs….
I was hopeful that 2021 would be an improvement over 2020 … but the KAP Spirits had other ideas.
See a few close up shots of the salt water damage below and in this flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wind-watcher/albums/72157719022422756
- I was able to recover all the pictures from the KAP session … (small consolation) ,,,
- I did not loose everything like I did in 2020….
- I was able to fly kites just about every day after this loss….
- I recently passed my FAA Part 107 Commercial remote pilots certification for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) …. Official drone pilot…..
- I got to spend many unexpected hours flying my drone and taking lots of pictures and 4K video that I was not expecting to do.
- I got to take lots of pictures and video of my kites in the air…..from my drone…..
- Still learning…..my multitasking behavior (not focusing 100% of the time on the kite and KAP rig) …. Is at the center of most of my failures….
What is next:
- I am still flying kites and taking pictures
- I am in the early phase of deciding on what camera I will use to replace my destroyed Sony A6000. I am leaning towards….a used Sony A5000….going back in time….. hoping to be back in the air with KAP soon
- More time with the drone…..
- Avoiding discussing this subject with my wife….my KAP investments (cameras, rigs, kites)…. it seems these investments are not risk free….by a long shot….
Did I say KAP pictures are priceless….. 😉
Enjoy a few pictures below and in these flickr albums: