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Old 17-06-2010, 01:52 PM
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Intervalometers

Hi Guys,

What do you guys use for controlling your DSLR's when taking long exposure photo's?

Say you want to take a series of 10 minute shots, is there a device available to control
this so you don't have to take each exposure yourself? I would expect you can do it with the
DSLR connected to the computer, but what about a stand alone device so no PC is needed?

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Old 17-06-2010, 02:02 PM
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Canon and Nikon have devices, but they are fairly expensive. I got a cheap Phottix remote on ebay: http://www.phottix.com/wired-remotes.html. The "manual" leaves a bit to be desired but the device seems to work OK once you figure out how to drive it.

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Old 17-06-2010, 02:03 PM
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Jason,

Canon TC-803N. Or, the eBay clones "Aputure" remotes.

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I can highly reccommend the Aputure ones on ebay. They're much cheaper than any name brands and they often let you do more as they are more than just shutter releases. You need one that you can set the intervals so from the Phottix link below you would need the Nikos Digital, TR-80 or 90 by the looks. I have the equivalent of the TR-90 in Aputure (http://www.aputure.com/en/product/di...te_shutter.htm) which was about $40 on ebay.
Of course if you have a high end DSLR it may be in built, like mine is. ;-)
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Old 17-06-2010, 02:57 PM
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I have a cheap clone.
But be careful Jason, as Phil Hart says, timelapse can be addictive
once you have a go at it

The only downside I would say is the wear and tear on a DSLR...
a lot of shutter actuations may reduce your DSLR lifespan

Some of my rough recent dabblings here:
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...ad.php?t=60895

Look up Phil's work..he is amazing.

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Old 17-06-2010, 04:34 PM
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Of course if you have a high end DSLR it may be in built, like mine is. ;-)
Hehehe lucky besterd!
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The only downside I would say is the wear and tear on a DSLR...
a lot of shutter actuations may reduce your DSLR lifespan

Steve
Personally I wouldn't worry too much about wear and tear. If you take 60 x 30 sec exposures I don't think it's all that much more than taking 6 x 300sec exposures considering most new DSLRs are rated for 100,000+ actuations, with top end ones 300,000+, which I think really are minima and have heard of actual actuations 2-3 times these with not many problems. So as far as I'm concerned a few hundred photos to capture hours of star trails is nothing. And by the time you wear it out you would have got your money's worth and you'll be looking at buying an updated model anyway!

Also in regard to the initial post, if you expose for 10mins you will get purple glow in the corners in most DSLRs due to the sensor heating up thus causing noise in the image. This is why we take several short exposures and add them together with software, and hence the need for a good intervalometer to make the task automated.

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Hehehe lucky besterd!
Yes I am! haha. Just need a PhD now to work out how to use it to it's full potential!
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bojan posted this link a few days ago.. very cheap and looks like very close imitations of the canon product, if not the real thing off the back of a truck..

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=130398541843
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I have one of those ebay ones too. So far so good. You can set it to take anywhere between 1 to 99 shots and if you set it to 0, it goes forever. It would be nicer if you could set it to a number higher than 99 though.

I still haven't managed to get a half decent result yet... but it's fun trying, and clouds aren't always a show stopper.
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bojan posted this link a few days ago.. very cheap and looks like very close imitations of the canon product, if not the real thing off the back of a truck..

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....m=130398541843
I have one of these, plus also a wireless remote, but the most used unit is a battery pack adaptor with a time built into it. That gives me extra battery life along with timer.

Although all of them are good, and cheap too.
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Many Thanks guys, I just ordered one of these Ebay ones, so will see what it's like.

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