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KITE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY


Kite Aerial Photography

KAP - Kite Aerial Photography

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KAP Panarana 
Kite Aerial Photography, also known as "KAP", is a great aspect of kite flying that adds a creative challenge to playing with the wind. Digital cameras have made KAP more attractive than ever and results can be truely remarkable. We carry everything needed to get "sky-snapping" but the camera. Add items to your shopping cart from this page. View KAP shots of our flying beach



KAP The most important thing about Kite Aerial Photography is that the kite used for lifting the camera rig is stable and predictable. Using the rig we offer will allow a high degree of versatility, but there's no substitute for kite flying experience when it comes to getting good photographs. Most digital cameras in the 3 mega pixel and up range give excellent results. Simple point-and-shoot models are perfect. As you gain experience, more camera features may be useful, but they are not necessary in order to get some great images. Film cameras can be used, though results are not as immediate and the number of photographs per flight with digital is very attractive. The more stable your kite, the less the KAP rig suspended below it will move, lowering the chance of blurred pictures.
 
The full featured KAP rig is available pre-assembled complete with R/C control, or as an "almost-ready-to-shoot" package including kite, flying line and field equipement. (Camera installation required with minimal assembly and adjustment for all options). The KAP rig offers pan and tilt as well as shutter control. A KAP system without R/C gear will require at least a 3 channel Radio Control system with necessary transmitter, receiver, battery packs and actuator servos. Modification of one servo is necessary for the pan function. The rig employs a Picavet suspension system, which utilizes free running miniature pulley blocks, that ensures a level platform for the camera. The AutoKAP rig presents a "fly and forget" alternative to the full featured R/C system. The AutoKAP rig has Picavet suspension and accepts many point-and-shoot cameras, including Go Pro. This system automatically pans and shoots still images or video without the need for r/c control.
 
Dopero with Picavet KAP rigGroundsmen with pool For best results, the lifter kite should be launched and flown initially at an altitude of around 150 feet where it will stabilize and provide a steady lifting pull on the line. Avoid turbulent or confined conditions for your first KAP flights. Once kite stability has been established, the rig is attached simply and easily to the flying line at ground level. After checking the system is functioning correctly, the kite can be allowed to climb by paying out line, lifting the rig into the air. You're now ready to take Kite Aerial Photographs. Remember, Good quality KAPs are just like good earthbound photo's, good lighting, good subject and no camera shake will pay off.
 
The kites shown on this page are suitable for lifting the R/C KAP rig with a point-and-shoot style camera weighing around 14 ounces. Usually, the complete rig with camera and R/C system weighs approximately 1.5lbs to 2lbs. As wind conditions are variable, they often determine which kite is best for KAP. Lighter wind will necessitate using larger kites and stronger wind small sizes. Flying line can also be a factor in either reducing or increasing drag. Tails too, often play a major role to maintain stability. As the Auto KAP rig has no r/c gear it is lighter and consequently less kite lifting power is necessary. We advocate that some kite flying experience is needed for Kite Aerial Photography.
 
We are happy to discuss camera installation requirements and minor adjustments that may be necessary to the pre-built KAP rig in order to fine tune your system. This is best done with interactive communication by telephone at 732 270-2112.

Radio Controlled Kite Aerial Photography Rig

BCKK kit complete
Assembled KAP Kit with R/C . $411.95
 (Requires camera installation. Camera not included)

This assembled deluxe KAP rig kit, designed by Brooks Leffler pioneer of kite aerial photography, comes with Futaba® 4 channel Radio Control system with servos, receiver and battery pack installed, giving full 360° pan, 90° tilt and shutter release functions. It accepts a point-and-shoot, autofocus autowind camera with tripod screw hole in the bottom and shutter release button on top with max. dimensions of 5.5"W x 4"H x 5.5"D. The Picavet suspension system, to ensure the camera remains level, uses miniature pulley blocks for super smooth operation. Additional simple assembly is needed for camera installation. Rechargeable NiCad batteries for R/C equipment, with charger, are included along with instructions on rig assembly, camera setup, Radio Control equipment and in-flight operation.
Radio Control Gear

We suggest getting familiar with the flying characteristics of your chosen lifter kite to ensure trouble-free KAP.


   Radio Controlled Kite Aerial Photography Rig - (Camera not included)

 
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KAP Rig Option
 
KAP Kit Assembled (*) with R/C gear . . . $411.95 
* Camera installation required. Camera not included.  



Stop Pan Servo from "creeping" when not directed Left or Right.   Add Pan Servo creep eliminator . . . $25.95 Recommended.

To eliminate the Pan Servo from continuing to "creep" after its' transmitter control stick is returned to the neutral position, we advocate the use of this electronic add-on. Easy to install. Stops any servo movement that can sometimes occur if the neutral, or "stop turning", transmitter control position has not been finely adjusted, or moves during a KAP flight. Allows better camera aiming.

Auto Kite Aerial Photography Rig

Auto KAP Rig
Assembled AutoKAP Rig . . . $159.95
 (Requires camera installation. Camera not included)

This assembled AutoKAP Rig has pan and shutter release servos, battery pack and electronic timer installed. It accepts point-and-shoot, autofocus autowind cameras, including GoPro, with tripod screw hole in the bottom and shutter release button on top with max. dims. of 5.5"W x 4"H x 5.5"D. weighing less than 14ozs. GoPro cameras will need tripod adapter available as an option and your mounting frame or case. The Picavet suspension system ensures the camera remains level while the rig automaticaly rotates in approximately 30 degree steps and shoots a photograph at each interval, reducing burry images. Tilt angle is set prior to each flight. If your camera is capable of shooting video, the AutoKAP rig makes a great platform in either auto step rotate or fixed mode. Additional simple assembly is needed for camera installation and battery pack placement. Requires 3 x AAA batteries not included.
GoPro KAP

We suggest getting familiar with the flying characteristics of your chosen lifter kite to ensure trouble-free KAP.


   Auto Kite Aerial Photography Rig - (Camera not included)

 
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AutoKAP Rig Option
 
AutoKAP Rig Assembled (*) . . . $159.95 
AutoKAP Rig with GoPro adapter (*) . . $167.95 

* Camera installation required. Camera not included.  




 


   KAP Kites    click on image or "details & colors" for more information

9ft Levitation Delta
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9ft LEVITATION DELTA
108 x 55in. Rip-Stop Nylon with Class Fiber Frame and Carry-case.
 

. . . $74.95
 
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Add Tube Tail $17.95 ea.
Black & White
Black Rainbow

Add Fuzzy Tail $23.95
Rainbow

Add Flying Line
150lbs x 500ft on Plastic
YoYo Winder . . . $24.95



Dopero
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DOPERO
110 x 72 in. Rip-Stop Nylon with Carbon Fiber Frame. Flying Line not included. Fabric Carry-bag.

. . . $259.95
3 to choose from

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Add Fuzzy Tail $23.95
Rainbow

Add Flying Line
150lbs x 500ft on Plastic
YoYo Winder . . . $24.95



Teknacolor 11ft Delta
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11ft DELTA
130 x 65 in. Rip-Stop Nylon with Carbon Fiber Frame. Flying Line not included. Fabric Carry-bag.

. . . $109.95
2 to choose from

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Add Tube Tail $17.95 ea.
Red/White/Blue
Black/White
Rainbow
Black Rainbow

Add Flying Line
150lbs x 500ft on Plastic
YoYo Winder . . . $24.95



Flow Form
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FLOW FORM
2.0 - 57" x 79"
4.0 - 81" x 111"
7.0 - 108" x 146"
Rip-Stop Nylon super lifter. Flying Line not included. Sturdy Carry-bag doubles as sand anchor.

2.0 . . . . . $162.95
4.0 . . . . . $285.95
7.0 . . . . . $427.95

 
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  For 2.0
  Add Flying Line
  250lbs x 500ft . $39.95
  On YoYo Winder




  For 4.0
Add Flying Line
500lbs x 500ft on Plastic
10" YoYo Winder $56.95



  For 7.0
Add Flying Line
1,100lbs x 330ft on spool . . . . . . . . $67.95

Rokkaku
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ROKKAKU
63" x 78" Rip-Stop Nylon with Carbon Fiber Frame. Flying Line not included.
 

. . . $114.95
7 to choose from

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Add Flying Line
150lbs x 500ft on Plastic
YoYo Winder . . . $24.95





   KAP Kites    click on image or "details & colors" for more information

UltraFoil 9
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ULTRAFOIL 9
28 x 45 in. Rip-Stop Nylon. Includes matching Fringe Tail and 300ft x 80lbs Flying Line. Ideal for light weight autoKAP.
 

. . . $98.95
 
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Uprate Flying Line
150lbs x 500ft on Plastic
YoYo Winder . . . $24.95



Parafoil 10
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PARAFOIL 10
33 x 41 in. Rip-Stop Nylon. Includes 300ft x 80lbs Flying Line & Drogue Stabilizer. 150lbs suggested for winds over 15 mph.
 

. . . $84.95
 
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Add Flying Line
150lbs x 500ft on Plastic
YoYo Winder . . . $24.95



UltraFoil 15
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ULTRAFOIL 15
36 x 56 in. Rip-Stop Nylon. Includes matching Fringe Tail. 150lbs Flying line suggested.
 

. . . $144.95
 
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Add Flying Line
150lbs x 500ft on Plastic
YoYo Winder . . . $24.95





Kite Aerial Photography Package
 
These KAP packages offer a complete setup (excluding camera) to get started. Included are; the assembled version of the BCKK KAP rig, Futaba® 4 channel Radio Control system with servos including pan servo creep eliminator, receiver and battery pack installed, giving full 360° pan, 90° tilt and shutter release functions, both Sand and Soil Anchors, Flying Line, Fuzzy Tail and your choice of Lifter Kite. This KAP rig accepts a point-and-shoot, autofocus autowind camera with tripod screw hole in the bottom and shutter release button on top with max. dimensions of 5.5"W x 4"H x 5.5"D. We recommend getting familiar with the flying characteristics of the lifter kite without KAP rig attached to ensure in-flight stability. Instructions on rig assembly, camera setup, Radio Control equipment and in-flight operation included.



   Kite Aerial Photography Combos - (Camera not included)

 
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KAP Kite Option
 
KAP Kit Assembled (*) with R/C gear . . $429.95 
* Camera installation required. Camera not included.  
with 9ft Delta and flight gear . . . $553.90 
with 11t Delta and flight gear . . . $578.90 
with FlowForm 2.0 and flight gear . . . $638.90 
with Dopero and flight gear . . . $741.90 




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You can e-mail us at:info@cobrakites.com
telephone; 732 270-2112
Kite Aerial Photography last updated Wednesday July 9 2014

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