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Saw this in in article, thought you guys would get a kick out of it, on top of that the article is a really cool look at how sports photography is evolving.

http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/04/robo-cams-go-for-olympic-gold/



Jul 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


Cool article! Amazing that they're THAT remotely controlled!


Jul 05, 2012 at 02:56 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


Very cool! Should make for some really interesting shots during the Olympics.


Jul 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


Neat article, thanks for sharing.


Jul 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


Making good use of the built-in Gigabit Ethernet port.

I wonder if they or others will start offering this kind of kit in the future.



Jul 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
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What lens is that mounted?


Jul 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


That would be the 24-105L

The new 24-70 II does not have text around the barrel where the red ring is.



Jul 05, 2012 at 05:31 PM
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Invertalon wrote:
That would be the 24-105L

The new 24-70 II does not have text around the barrel where the red ring is.


And you can see the IS switch on the side of the lens (unless it's a 24-70 f/2.8 IS prototype).




Jul 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
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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.


Jul 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


What if they need to change the battery in the middle of an event?


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What if they need to change the battery in the middle of an event?


I would imagine they have it wired to either an external source or the battery is sufficient to provide the juice for whatever shots they need.




Jul 05, 2012 at 07:07 PM
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zndr wrote:
http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/files/2012/07/seventhphotofabrizio.jpg

Saw this in in article, thought you guys would get a kick out of it, on top of that the article is a really cool look at how sports photography is evolving.

http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/04/robo-cams-go-for-olympic-gold/


nice! -- Robots will eventually rule





Jul 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
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cputeq wrote:
I would imagine they have it wired to either an external source or the battery is sufficient to provide the juice for whatever shots they need.



I'm guessing it's the external source considering the the following quote,

Over the next few weeks until the Olympic Games open on July 27, I will install our new robotic cameras, often using climbing equipment.

Hard to access and probably just as hard to change the battery by the looks of it.



Jul 05, 2012 at 07:23 PM
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this is how skynet started

this is how the world ended in 2012



Jul 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


Very neat, I bet they use the video from these as well. I wonder if this type of thing is already in place when making movies...


Jul 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
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pinball_pw wrote:
Very neat, I bet they use the video from these as well. I wonder if this type of thing is already in place when making movies...


Of course. They even have a rig that can memorise the movement of the robot arm to shoot a clean plate for post production, and this was back in 2000. Check out the "behind the scene" of Hollow Man DVD.



Jul 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
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skibum5 wrote:
this is how skynet started

this is how the world ended in 2012


Noted! Very disturbing...




Jul 05, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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deepbluejh wrote:
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.......



Jul 06, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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pKai wrote:
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
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These cameras aren't automated. They're just remote controlled rigs so somebody still has to be behind the screen taking the shots.



Jul 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Reuters has their 1dx's and they are robots!


n0b0 wrote:
These cameras aren't automated. They're just remote controlled rigs so somebody still has to be behind the screen taking the shots.



At 14ps with an unlimited buffer, it doesn't take much of a genius to do that.



Jul 06, 2012 at 01:28 AM
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