I understand the valid concern of pilots who talk about potential and past problems with drones. The problem as I see it is that the law is too draconian and will result in fewer people becoming properly trained. With more unlicensed drone pilots doing their thing, it will be harder for the FAA to enforce. Now if they were to drop the requirements to a more realistic level, that might entice more people to actually become trained and licensed. Unlicensed violators will be easier to detect, and the FAA will have an easier time clamping down on those that violate the rules.
"...a process that requires dozens upon dozens of hours of training."
And thousands upon thousands of dollars in flight time with an instructor in a light plane. Let me officially go on record as saying "Fuck that shit." Someday I'd like to get my license (I've got 5.5 hours towards it, earned 30 years ago, big deal), but now is not the time.
I own two of those. Well, not really. Damn.
I hope nobody minds, but I'm posting a link to a poster I did for a 48HFP short film from awhile back. Although one could debate the quality and effectiveness of the poster, I think it conveys the overall concept of the film (superhero group therapy) fairly clearly. If the link isn't appropriate here, let me know and I'll see what I can do to delete it.
I wish they'd shown the lens grinding/polishing process and machinery for a bit longer; the machines are interesting to watch. There are probably some longer videos online though. With all that hand work (not to mention research, development and engineering time), it's no surprise that good lenses are so expensive.
If you have to ask, you can't afford it. Does it at least come with a box of four gold leaf-covered chocolate bonbons?