I've done aerials for many years with a Tyler nose mount and have had much bug free success. If the lens snagged a bug we just landed in a field, cleaned it off and continued. I just shot nearly eight hours along a pipeline and picked up more bug splat than I'd prefer. Since this was just to document the pipeline the client was okay with this. I've heard about something like a scrolling acetate over the lens that I believe NASCAR uses and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this,(if it's for real),or some similar solution. Thanks!
Yep, that's for real... although I don't know what the system is called or who makes it. I think they are usually used on open-wheel cars (Indy cars) rather than NASCAR where the cams are more protected. The rig has a roll of clear material (kinda looks like a roll of cellophane tape) which moves in front of the lens.
However, I've only seen those on little cameras, like lipstick cameras. I'm assuming you're using a much bigger camera with the Tyler, I'm not sure if there's a similar system for those.
But yes, that does exist... you're not imagining it.
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Do you by any chance know the name/maker of either of these, (the scrolling filter & spinning filter)? I've been trying to Google them but have come up empty. Thanks so much. I'm flying again for another company from Canada to NYC tomorrow so it's too late for this job but I'd still like to investigate and test for future. Thanks so much!
No offense taken...I do tilt it down when possible and in fact tilt it so it's pointing backwards in flight. Maybe I can rig up a remotely controlled can of bug spray;). I've been shooting with the Tyler for about 20 years and have gotten a lot of great, bug-free stuff. I just figured I throw the question out there. And yes, the best stuff is the low flying stuff. I'll stick to the tried and true method of landing in a field to clean the lens when necessary. Thanks!