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Nikon D800 build

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2022 6:20 pm
by FarmerDan
My DSLR camera builds have evolved over time. I first built a D90 system with a Pelican case, and relied on the on-camera flash (viewtopic.php?f=113&t=9156). I made a new system using a Harbor Freight Apache 1800 case and Camtraptions PIR, transmitter and receivers. (viewtopic.php?p=106103#p106103). The case did not allow for the camera, battery packs and both a transmitter and receiver, so I designed the system of operate via flash cable to a box with a Nikon SB-800 flash with the transmitter controlling 2 SB-28 flashes. The SB-800 used power much more rapidly than the SB-28's. I didn't like the need for an off-flash cable and my Nikon D90 died, so I used a D7100 and another receiver to do away with the flash cable. It was too tight a fit. I replaced the D7100 with a Nikon D800 full-frame camera and am using a Sigma 50mm lens which I had for other purposes. The new camera would not fit the Harbor Freight case, so I modified a 30-calibre ammo can to house the new system, and also went with Camtraptions Z1 flashes. Links to two previous builds provides more information on components. Pictures start with the modifications of the ammo case. This is how the build evolved.

Fig 1, 30-calibre ammo case and how I fitted a tube for a Python cable. Lid has been removed. [no Fig. 2]
1 ammo case DSC_0191.JPG
Fig 3. Ammo case with lid opened.
3 Ammo DSCN0463 - Copy.JPG
Fig 4. Ammo case profile.
4 Ammo Can profile.JPG


Fig 5. Ammo case back.
5 ammo cam back.JPG
Fig 6. Ammo case interior with lid removed and all components installed. Camera is on a platform with a tripod quick mount.
6 Ammo Cam interior.JPG

Fig. 7. Top view of tripod quick mount.
7 Quck release platform.jpg
Fig 8. Bottom of mounting system for a tripod quick mount.
8 Quck release platform underside.jpg
Fig 9. Camera Power Pack. Consists of 3 sets of 2 3.7v LiFePo4 batteries (7.4v) wired in parallel providing in this arrangement 29.7 Ah compared to 1.9 Ah for the Nikon En-EL 15 battery.
9 Camera Power pack.JPG
Fig 10. Bottom view of 3 2-cell, 18650 3.7v battery holders showing how they were glued back to back and side to back. A fourth holder could be added to the other side to boost the Ah to 39.6.
10 camera power pack bottom.jpg
I seemed to have reach a limit on photos, though I sized at 1024p to reduce file sizes. I'll finish with Nikon D800 Build showing the flash case and power supplies in Case for Camtraptions Z1 flash in Nikon D800 Build part 2.

Re: Nikon D800 build

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2022 10:38 pm
by Mcam
hmm I don't see any figures, looking forward to seeing some pics!

Re: Nikon D800 build

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 2:50 pm
by FarmerDan
Sorry, I didn't know it posted.

Re: Nikon D800 build

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 3:16 pm
by FarmerDan
I don't know how to delete this

Re: Nikon D800 build

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 10:34 am
by Mcam
Beautiful looking build!