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#1 Matt Butler

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 01:05 AM

Has anyone used a digital SLR for long term continual locked off or moco timelapse work?

I'm talking about horticultural set-ups that occur over several months or longer where the camera is placed in a *set and forget* situation, and the entire set-up is monitored occasionally for any problems.

Previously I've shot with modified Arri's and Mitchells with the resultant processed footage straight out of the camera being telecined and graded at the end of the shoot period and that was it.

Any suprises or things to look out for, other than the obvious - ie. UPS back-up, lamp check and camera check with modem phone alert/links ?

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 10:22 AM

From what I've read, DSLR and other still cameras aren't designed for timelapse work; their mechanical parts (triggers, shutters, advance mechanisms,etc) wear out after several thousand shots.
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#3 Matt Butler

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 01:34 AM

From what I've read, DSLR and other still cameras aren't designed for timelapse work; their mechanical parts (triggers, shutters, advance mechanisms,etc) wear out after several thousand shots.


Hi,

I'm aware of anecdotal stories of shutter and electronic problems, but has anyone actually experienced them first-hand?

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Edited by matt butler, 30 July 2006 - 01:35 AM.

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#4 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 06:53 AM

Hi,

I'm aware of anecdotal stories of shutter and electronic problems, but has anyone actually experienced them first-hand?

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matt butler
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Yes.

I was experimenting with a time-lapse sequence in a room with a canon 350D when its shutter died. It just clicked through its usable life span and quit working. The entire shutter unit had to replaced.
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#5 John Babl

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 12:25 AM

One possible advantage to using a DSLR is that you shouldn't need a capping shutter(in manual mode)
I did a test, shooting an orquid- 4 minute intervals for 2 days, no light leak problems (Nikon D200)
If you're using a non-reflex Mitchell there's no need for a capping shutter, and it is of course a work horse with the benefit of film's superior latitude and flexibility during TK-
I have also worked w/ the 435/intervalometer/door capping shutter setup-it's amazing and very flexible, but not ideal for long term since the rental rate for long term would make it cost prohibitive.

Take a look at:

http://sciencephotography.com/

Lot's of time-lapse info- and also, http://www.bmumford....to/camctlr.html

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#6 Søren Kjær Jensen

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 03:32 AM

For Canon EOS cameras check out http://www.granitebaysoftware.com/
There is good support to be found. I've used their trial version with good results.
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