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 Post subject: Another UK Newbie
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:59 am 
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Hi All
Bit of a photo heavy first post, but I have been truly inspired by the skill of some of your photos, so I thought I would stick my toe into the water and have a go myself.
My brief was a DIY build using as much kit as I already owned and keeping future cost to a minimum.

My DSLR is an ageing canon 7D, with a Sigma 10-20 lens, I decided to recycle an old Peli case I had, and made a removable snorkle with a UV filter to maintain weather tightness.
My main goal, was making my own trigger mechanism, as I didn't want false triggers, so I made my own IR break beam, which seems to be very effective


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For flashes, I already owned a Yongnuo Speedlite, which I have done a battery hack so it now runs off of a 10ah lead acid battery, and I found a cheap Nikon SB-28 on Ebay. The flashes are housed in some 6" drainage pipe.

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My complete setup deployed today

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In my woodland, I have Badgers, Foxes, Roe, Fallow and Muntjack Deer, along with Rabbits, Hares, and a multitude of birds, including Buzzards and Owls
so I am looking forward to seeing if I can emulate your success with my set up.

I have had a trial run and am really surprised with my first attempts

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:54 pm 
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Welcome aboard Darren, you have a very good set up by the looks of it and some fine looking pics too. Now the fun begins, you'll see.

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Nice to see you on the site. Looks to me u have more than just a toe in already. Great setup and your are off to an amazing start.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:50 am 
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Well, I went downhill rapidly last night. I set the camera trap in one of my woodlands, where I know there is a lot of activity from my use of regular trail cams, and only one picture on the card! and no sign of the bait being touched.

The picture looked like a false trigger, but on closer inspection it was a Robin having a late evening feed

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I suppose the positive is I know that my home made trigger is sensitive enough :P This isn't as easy as you guys make it out to be


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Hi Darren looks like a great set up where in the UK are you.

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Hi Darren looks like a great set up where in the UK are you.



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on't be disappointed with only one photo overnight, I've gone weeks with only a couple of photos from a set and then hit the jackpot from the same set. Your setup looks good and much more intricate than any I've ever used.

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Welcome Darren! Great work thus far in your build and pics. Patience is the name of the game in this hobby. I've had 3 SLR sets out all winter and have only maybe 2-3 photos that are decent. Keep at it and something really spectacular will happen eventually!


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Welcome to Camtrapper Darren...you seem to be off to a good start...the pheasants look great...look forward to more from GB,...

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