@turbotank, I was able to check them out, and although I've never used them before they do look like an extremely promising way to add additional lighting options to the F1. I'll be interested to hear if anyone has experience using them as well.
Very interesting. I already have my two underwater cameras for Photo grammetry Just have to wait for the F1 to ship... and the rail specs in order to prepare the mount. :)
@jefflombardo, I apologize we're taking a little while longer to put the update out, we have a lot to share! Our plan is to release drawings with clearance information, as well as 3D models of both the thruster interface and rail system to allow everyone to begin designing not only rail attachments, but also custom thrusters!
I'm sure the wait will worth it at the end. Customers are always impatient. And when they are techy geek....
Haha our community has been fantastic at being patient with us, thank you for that! I'm pushing to get this update out by the 30th! Stay tuned!
Has there been any plan to include red, orange, yellow, and/or green filters to deal with the loss of color at different depth? Even at 5ft you can start to see the shift to blue. Here's a great breakdown of how that works... would be super rad if the F1 had color changing LEDs that you could manually set (or even better, would be able to detect depth and automagically compensate as needed).
Oops, forgot to provide the link. Here ya go: http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/underwater-photography-lighting-fundamentals
Thanks for the link @katerizero! We've been talking about this quite a bit... What do you think about filters that adhere directly to the lens of the F1? These would be exceedingly simple for us to manufacture and provide at a low cost! Also, it wouldn't be difficult to incorporate color changing LEDs to the underside of the drone, leveraging the AUX port to control and power them! There's so many options here, it's tough for us to settle on one! I'd love to get your thoughts!
Interesting idea. Though different waters require different filters. I know there are two different filters for my GoPro when used underwater. One for blueish waters and another for greenish waters. But, since Fathom will be using it's own lights will filters be needed for close inspection work?
Good point @mikeli. Because the F1 has built-in high-intensity LEDs, filters may not be needed for up-close work. These alone should provide great visibility.
Have you tested how far the lights will give a realistic color temperature in various waters? Murky, clear, green, blue, brown?
@ocram, we haven't quantified how far the lights provide realistic color rendering, but my hope is that by our next update we'll show the lights in action so you can get a good idea for yourself!
A simple magnetic ring could be useful to put a color filter on the drone. Might be the simplest solution.
@donnyh, nice idea. I wonder how strong we'd have to make the magnetic connection to ensure it wouldn't dislodge during operation!
My guess is neodymium magnetic rings would be more than strong enough. There shouldn't be a lot of force exerted on those parts anyway.
Most definitely @donnyh. The only time I could imagine it coming dislodged is during top speed operation, or if it was bumped the wrong way! It certainly wouldn't be a hard thing to prototype!