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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:57 pm 
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On some of the older Nikon bodies if you tie the shutter with metering the camera will not enter the sleep mode. Not sure about the D200 though.

You might try adding one more transistor and resistor and have the metering line activate a half second before the shutter. This will give the camera and flash time to wake up. You have plenty ports to make that happen and it will just take a couple more lines of code.

Nice looking build. I love seeing projects like this.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:48 pm 
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This almost start to look like a build blog ;)

I decided to try a RJ-45 Approach for the signal and power for the PIR. Had some left over connectors form a CAT5 patch panel update to CAT6. I also made the output to the camera with separate lines for metering and trigger. But i think next step is to integrate the resistor and transistor in the RJ-45 socket block and use it without the Arduino at first.

And best of all the PIR trigger, works!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:33 am 
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Camera first night outside in the forest behind my house. Should be a deer track. Only pictures i got was a few sunrise pics and myself heading to get the camera in the morning. :)

At least i know the PIR triggers at 4m from the PIR. And that it seems to take pictures... and the flash is to weak; SB22 on motor drive and diffusor inside a box.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:10 am 
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Below is the lay out I use at the moment, with an added switch on the signal out lead in the PIR enclosure. This is to have the PIR not sending shutter requests during setting up.

Thank you Gartooth for the basic simple resistor/transistor idea and lay out.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:40 am 
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Nice!

Fritzing diagrams are pretty cool too. :-)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:12 pm 
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The 2x second hand SB-28's arrived. What would be the best way to connect them to the camera. I might even keep the SB-22 in the setup. I have a SC-17 TTL cable that I use now with the current setup.

1. PC Sync cable - CAT5/6 twisted pair cable- PC sync cable max 10m
2. Radio trigger, like youngnou 603's
3. Any other good way


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:53 am 
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"Flash guns" made out of waste water pipe and end plugs. As camouflage the legs of the trousers that i used for the camera enclosure. The pipes are equipped with RAM mounts.

The flashes will be operated by Yongnou RF-603 II 's, sadly these just keep up for 2-3 days then the battery is gone. Have to upgrade to a batter mod of some sort. Rest of the system keeps up well for 4-5 days.
I haven't tested longer.


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