NEAR SPACE BALLOONING - STRATOSPHERIC PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOS

LAUNCH 7 : IOWA

Launch 7 saw the first use of the Pentax Q7 and it's a winner. The camera has a built-in intervalometer, can take up to 999 photos, and the battery lasts a little over two hours. It's small, light-weight, and the lens has good quality and incredible wide angle capability. I didn't use any heat packs in the payload box and with temps down to -7 f the camera experienced no problems, just like most of the Canon PowerShots I've used in the past. The quality of the images seems on par with mid-range PowerShot cameras such as the A3300IS and A4000IS, but not as good as the G12. The camera was set at maximum wide-angle and manual focus, with the lens rings taped into place.

The Pentax K-01 was set up facing down and was destroyed when the payload landed on the hard asphalt surface of a quiet residential street. While still promising in theory, it failed to get many interesting pictures due to cloud cover. A past launch uncovered a problem with the manually set f-stop being ignored. A solution was found by setting a piece of tape over the lens contacts. The f-stop was set to f8 on this launch.


Q7 (12.4), 23-69mm AF/MF Lens

Landscape View



K-01 (16 MP) [MILC], 28mm SMC MF Lens


Down View


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