There’s all the other heavy lift drones, then there’s the FreeFly, the Seattle based outlier in the industry. Currently they offer the Freefly Alta 6 & 8 and the recently released Alta X. Freefly was a pioneer in the heavy lift arena with the Cinestar (that’s our Cinestar from 2013 as the 1st gallery image), and anyone reading this is probably familiar with the Movi electronic stabilizers. Freefly has a soft spot in my heart because they’re the only real American company that makes drones anyone cares about. We also own a MoVI XL and are a boutique Freefly dealer.
The Alta 6 is good for DSLR’s, up to a stripped down RED. But putting anything large on that drone is a bad decision. Last year I on a shoot with a certain “Octocopter-company” that took a “I think it’ll work?” approach and flew an Alta 6 over the ocean. We ended up flying the Inspire because of the Alta’s short flight times and the amount of dust the Alta it kicked up. The wedding that was taking place nearby appreciated the choice the producer made.
But the Alta 8 which has a 2 pound higher carrying capacity sort of made the Alta 6 obsolete. While two pounds doesn’t seem like much, it’s a lot when you’re talking a larger lens or focus control AKA Fizz Control.
The recently release Alta X gives the flight crew the option of flying up to 40 lbs, Of course the more weight you pile on it, the less time it will fly, but Freefly builds a hearty bird that is reliable and has some pretty useful built in features.
Then there’s a handful of smaller companies that have heavy lift drones. Gryphon Dynamics, or Shotover U1, or custom builds by for lifting a Phantom 4K, a 360 ball, or 3D dual-camera rig. But chances are if you’re looking in this category, you probably don’t need to read this article. If you do need this sort of power, we’d be happy to help!
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