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How many shutter actuations can your dslr survive?

January 23rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Not normally an important question this becomes relevant when you start doing time lapse, which means very large numbers of pictures taken.

Consider a 1 hour time lapse at one shot per 5 seconds, that’s 720 frames for the one hour.

Particularly I’m concerned about camera models which do not have time lapse built in, so the manufacturer had a different expectation of what the total number would be that you achieve.

The camera makers have their own estimates of the total shutter life of each camera, however a more interesting exercise is actually collecting data on this and that has been done here http://olegkikin.com/shutterlife/

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Tags: Blog

Hardware timelapse IR for Nikon

October 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Check out Whiternoise over at Hexus.net who has this great post about building a hardware timelapse device using programable chips.  He has posted circuit diagrams and great shots of the plastic breadboard set-up.

Looks like a real fun project if you like that type of DIY – the electronics with wires and solder type – and if your Nikon DSLR is one with an IR receiver for a remote; e.g. works with a ML-3.

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Tags: Not mine

How long does battery last while doing tethered time lapse?

January 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

I thought that this was going to be a major limitation — the battery life of the camera — as while connected via USB the camera is constantly “on” and never goes into a sleep mode.

However while I was doing recent testing with the Nikon D40 time lapse I started with a full battery and took schedule shots every 5 seconds for about an hour, and at the end the battery still said 100% full.  Both via the camera icon, and via the battery meter in my script.

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Tags: Hardware

More time lapse – via a hardware DIY intervalometer

January 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Here is an alternative way to do a DIY intervalometer, using some hardware hacking.  

From comedyhunter of derbyphotos.co.uk.

Much better video than my clouds!

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Tags: Video

Technically Time Lapse on my D40 works

January 19th, 2009 · No Comments

But now I need to find something actually worth recording:

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Tags: Video

Made any time lapse videos?

January 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

If you have made any time lapse vids using my script and they are publicly available (youtube, etc) I’d love it if you’d post a link!  I’ve still not done anything interesting with it — I have a few ideas but never the right time to sit there with camera and computer for several hours.  Sadly nothing worth seeing from where I live or work and even the sky has been cloudless for days so I can’t do the “clouds streaming across the sky” thing.

Anyway if you have had better luck, or better ideas, than me lets have a look!

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Tags: Blog

DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 3.1 – Patience

January 15th, 2009 · 19 Comments

Here is a small update to the 3.0 version

.  Besides a bug fix it also allows delaying the start of a time lapse, which is why I call this the Patience release.

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Changes:

  • Allow click on preview image if path has a space
  • Maximum time lapse shots
  • Delay before starting time lapse

When doing a time lapse you now get these options:

Frequency (seconds)

>

   Shots each time  

   Total shots to take  

   Delay before starting  

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Tags: Software

DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 3.0 – Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2009 · 18 Comments

I’m please to be able to say that you can now download

the latest release of DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control.   This is release 3.0 – the Happy New Year! release.

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Upgrading to this version will get you:

  • Time Lapse!  

Yes,  at last, I’ve implemented — admittedly very very basic and boring — but still functional — time lapse.  If you have a D300 or other camera with time lapse built in then this is boring, but for those of you with D40 and similiar then this gets you what you need to do all those fun time lapse videos.

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Tags: Software