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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:50 pm 
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Hi all,

I am looking to build my first ever SLR camera trap out of my old D200. After many months of regular trailcaming and finding some great spots i am craving to add my photography background to the mix!

I have never done any breadboard builds or Arduino programming but love to challenge and learning experience. I have found these two instructables and I am wondering what you all suggest to start with and what I would be best off with in the long run! Is it worth going with Arduino and having the ability to program? Or should i just go with a simple breadboard build?

http://thezhut.com/?page_id=733

https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-PIR-DSLR-Camera-Trap/

Ideally I am looking to take 3 or so photos each time the PIR detects movement!

I would really appreciate some of your guys knowledgeable advice. This forum has already been so informational and inspiring!

Thanks!
Geoff J
https://www.geoffjansen.com


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:45 pm 
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HI Geoff. Welcome to camtrapper.com.

The Arduino is a good starting point to learn simple script writing. There are many web sites dedicated to teaching the basics of scripting with the Arduino. The only downside to the Arduino is the power draw. Especially the Arduino Nano shown on the thezhut.com page. The USB circuit in the Nano uses quite a bit of power even when it is not being used. But for experimenting and learning, it works well. There are many other models of Arduino that all use the same IDE. One tip, each web page you listed use a two wire connection to the remote jack on the camera. That will work with a Canon but will not work with your D200. The Nikon requires a connection to the metering (focus) line and the shutter line. So, three wires.

Hope this helps. Good luck in your build. There is a wealth of information here and many knowledgeable members that will be happy to answer your questions.

-jeff

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