Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I built a new trail camera using the Canon Rebel

So far the testing has been good and now in the woods for the real test. To hold the camera stable in the case I used the bracket off the top of a tripod and it locks in great everytime. Still trying different settings on the camera but it's easy to use and quick to change settings.

I did change the sensor board after testing the ss board (the one in the picture) and went with an older board made by Radio Shack and it works fine. The camera is left in the always on mode and the radio shack sensor works better with this setup, also you will notice an extra board on the door of the case, that's a timelapse board if I want to photograph plants growing and such.


At 9:11 AM, Blogger Camera Trap Codger said...

Very neat job, and a breakaway from P&S cams. How did you bipass the PIR on the SS board? -- cover the PIR with electricians tape and wire the contacts to the Radio Shack PIR? I am curious.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger cliff said...

I removed the ss board altoghether and replaced it with the Radio Shack 425. I didn't want any delay and never needed a refresh for the camera in the always on mode. I did the same thing when building the Nikon D100.

The ss board as with most boards will have a delay from sensing motion to shutter to allow the camera to focus, this isn't needed in the SLR's and speeds up the first picture. Most SLR's from sleep mode to shutter is .05 of a second and most boards will have almost a second delay for focus where the 425 doesn't.

Another reason I like the 425 is the shutter signal stays on for almost 3/4 of a second allowing me to set the camera on multi picture mode, this means as long as the shutter is held down it will take rapid pictures of 3 a second or with the Nikon up to 5 pics a second during the day. This also gives a short time delay for pictures taken in all the other modes and night of 3/4 of a second between pictures as the camera will only take one pic on a shutter signal.

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At 10:00 PM, Blogger Mossy Mom said...

You're going to get some amazing photos from that set up!

At 8:11 AM, Blogger denis said...


What the name of the board from Radio shack. I can not find that board on their website. I like you blog and i'm interested to build something similar. i have 3 DSLR canon 40D idon't use due to recent upgrade.


At 9:55 AM, Blogger cliff said...

Sorry Denis, I've been gone for a while and missed this post.

Radio shack quit making them quite some time ago and I had several in old 35mm cameras that I used.

Some of the new boards can be programmed to do what you want, one of the best is Simple Sniper boardmade by Gary at SnapShotSniper.

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cliff, would you be interested in making these boxes without the camera body and selling them?

Something where one might just place their own body in the box, plug it into the control port and set it up to take pictures?

At 8:34 PM, Blogger cliff said...

It would be very diffucult because of the lens, there are many different lens, some zoom out farther than others so each camera case I build is set up for only that camera. It's a long process and cutting and fitting everything.

I don't really have the time as I'm going to a different lens on the canon and might have to redesign the case I'm using now.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Who ME said...

Hi Cliff, thanks for the reply about making and selling the box. IF you change lenses would you no longer need the box you have? Or are you trying to use a different lens and retrofit the current box with a new lens tube?

I could always send you the body and lens I would be using, most likely a 20mm or a 17-35mm zoom.

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