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Buying a Kit - advice

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by jonirish, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. jonirish

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    Greetings friends..

    I hope to be a new owner of the Phantom 2 non-vision soon. I am a pro photographer, and buy everything from BH Photo. plus, I have a couple gopro's already. So I was going to buy a kit from BH, but am having issues with the kit they put together (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... raphy.html). I want to buy a kit, just because the money isn't much more (about $90 to install everything, says BH). Everything looks good, except the really crappy monitor they have in the kit (a 4" TOTE monitor that gets terrible reviews). I've been going back and forth with them for a while now on why they include this monitor, and can't get a straight answer other than "it's the best one", which is BS. I've asked to upgrade the monitor to a 7", but thy say there are NO other monitors that they carry that will work with the system, which i believe is BS as well. In short, I am tired of dealing with them, and thinking about buying everything separate to build on my own. I just want to make sure I am getting not only everything I need, but piecing this together in the best way. I am NOT terribly worried about cost, although I don't like to waste money either. But this is what I am thinking I need:

    The phantom 2 quadcopter withe the DJI gimbal already installed (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... h3_2d.html)

    An extra Phantom 2 battery

    Carrying case (I'll probably buy the Go Professional, just because they are pre-made)

    A monitor..I am zoning in on the Boscam 7 " monitor (http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor ... aff=164733). I prefer a monitor to the glasses. is this a good monitor, or do you suggest a better?

    a 5.8G transmitter (maybe the following: http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index. ... ts_id=1483). what's going to give me the best range?

    The IOSD display, which is not terribly necessary, but probably nice to have (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... ni_on.html)

    some kind of monitor/transmitter mount (maybe this one: http://www.amazon.com/Tarot-Display-Mou ... 681&sr=1-1)

    I'll probably get some extra propeller blades as well, just to have in case of newbie crashes.

    My questions:

    1) am I missing anything? do I need a power supply for the monitor? do I need any adapters?

    2) From your experience, if I spend a little bit more to upgrade something, what would you suggest that will make the biggest difference? feel free to comment on multiple items.

    3) is IOSD important/recommended?

    4) what do I need to know to put this all together? Is it hard/easy? I am sure there are videos, plus I have a solderign kit. Any items I need on top of that?

    let me know what you guys think. really appreciate your help on this.

    J