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| p.1 #18 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots! |
Absolutely amazing what they're doing. I remember 6-7 years ago when remote mounting cameras behind a basketball goal was considered cutting edge. This just takes it to an entirely different level.
Amazing what one can do with an unlimited budget.
Having some experience in embedded systems and robotics, I'd price each one of those rigs at at least $25k not counting camera and lens. If they build enough of them, they can probably cut that in less than half.
Here's the real scary part...... Put enough of those things at every vantage point, shoot enough at 14fps, hire a bunch of $10/hr monkeys to throw away the trash, and give the top 10% to the photo editor ---- How many of us can they replace like this? $20k for a "photographer" that works 24/7 for a few years, doesn't care about rights, travels in a cargo hold, needs no hotel, and does not eat and drink is one hell of bargain.
I realize that this comment has been made with every bit of new automation since the industrial revolution began almost two centuries ago -- but there it is again.
Here's the next step: Wait till the 4K video cameras become commonplace..... You'll be able to pull a 4096 pixel JPG from any/every video frame that is every bit as good as a still. Now you're shooting at 30-60 fps and "capturing the moment" will just sort of "happen" every time.
I'm glad I don't shoot sports.......