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10-22-2004 11:51 PM  13 years agoPost 1
llamatrails

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If your camera takes an IR remote control, here is a link to another option for tripping the shutter and/or working the zoom . Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Minolta, Toshiba, HP, and Pentax.

http://www.gentles.info/KAP/gentled/index.htm

They are very small, work off of a spare channel, and priced right. $18.95 for one to trip the shutter, and $19.95 to work the zoom, worldwide postage is included. Yes, it does take 2 to do both functions.

No, I don't get a kickback for sales, just want to pass on the info. Not everyone looks at Kite Aerial Photography for ideas.

Rick

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10-23-2004 01:06 AM  13 years agoPost 2
mwp

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Looks like a great setup.

Thanks for posting the link.

Mark

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11-07-2004 01:23 AM  13 years agoPost 3
mwp

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The package arrived from Scotland a few days ago. Inside was the GentLED IR product.

Working great with my Minolta cam. Glad I ordered the product as it will work great with a new cam mount I will be completing.

Mark

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11-07-2004 01:38 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Clicky finger

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llamatrails

I just spent NZD300.00 recently having the distributor hack the wiring and add a socket allowing me to remotely zoom and trigger a new digital camera. Why didn't you post this link sooner!!

Pete

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11-07-2004 05:47 PM  13 years agoPost 5
fitenfyr

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Cool.

Just ordered one.
Looks easier and cheaper than hacking a remote for my D70.

Thanks

Jason Stiffey
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11-29-2004 12:58 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Mark222

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Received my "gentled IR" triggers on Friday, delivery from Scotland to Canada only took 7 days.

Works great on the NIkon D70. It's a plug and play switch! Takes up to one photo per second in standard mode. In continuous mode it takes one photo every 5 seconds.

http://www.gentles.info/KAP/gentled/index.htm

It's way easier than hacking an IR remote and more compact, the "gentled" only weighs 6 grams. Their service is great by the way!

Wish they made on-off and zoom control for the Sony or Canon Video cams.

Mark G.

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11-29-2004 05:19 AM  12 years agoPost 7
fitenfyr

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Got mine

I got mine a few weeks ago and so far I have been able to put 2 flights on it.
It works great. I have not tried the continous mode yet.
I just wish the stinking D70 wouldn't come out of IR mode on it's own.
I have not wired up the continous yet to try it.
Does it still allow me to shoot a picture when I want or do I have to wait for the 5 second mark?

Jason Stiffey
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11-29-2004 06:56 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Mark222

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Hi Jason,

You can change the length of time before the D70 automatically cancels the IR remote mode. The default is 1 minute for auto cancellation, I set mine to auto-cancel after 15 minutes. See page 154 in the Nikon manual.

I have three gentled switches one is the "standard type 010", it shoots one photo each time you activate the switch.

The other two switches are "special type-011". They are the same as the "standard except they have a continous shooting feature built-in as well as the single shot mode. Leave the switch on and it fires one shot every 5 seconds or turn it off and it operates as a single shot switch when you press the button.

This is a new model James Gentles has not yet officially released. If you have the gentled "standard type-010" you won't have the continous shooting feature.

There is a timer operation you can set up on the standard switch, it triggers the camera every 25 seconds to prevent the camera going into sleep mode. I haven't tried that yet.

Hope I haven't confused you?

Mark G.

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11-29-2004 06:03 PM  12 years agoPost 9
groundeffect

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Seems like alot of you guys are using this item.

Any pictures on it's setup and in use?


cheers, and thanks in advance.
Dean

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11-29-2004 07:57 PM  12 years agoPost 10
fitenfyr

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Thanks.

Mark,
Thanks for the info.
All I really need to do is read the dang camera manual.
I think just switching to the longer sleep mode will work fine for me.

Dean,
I will try and snap some shots of mine later this week.
I am using the KISS principle.
Just rubber band the wire above the lense and below the flash unit leaving the LED pointed towards the IR lens. Works great so far and is easily removed when I strip the mount down.

Jason Stiffey
Fly Fast....Live Slow...

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11-30-2004 07:56 AM  12 years agoPost 11
Mark222

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Dean,
Here are a few shots of my set up.
The IR led is mounted very close to the camera sensor, it is on the upper right side.


Close up of the "gentled IR" switch.

Mark G.

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11-30-2004 10:11 PM  12 years agoPost 12
groundeffect

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Great shots, I like out it mounts compared to a servo and bracket using the KISS method. This would be lighter and easier to adjust I'd guess.

I've talked with the James from Gentles, I'm waiting for my model to come back in stock, should be a few days.


fitenfyr, any shots or your setup?


cheers,
Dean

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12-01-2004 07:41 AM  12 years agoPost 13
fitenfyr

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Not yet

Basically just imaging that blue/red/yellow wire running under the "Nikon" and above the lens barrel.
Then the LED just points off towards the left of the camera (picture right)
The LED doesn't have to look directly at the sensor. The emmitter is omni-directional so it gets a good signal off to the side also.
Then I just put the rubber band around the eyepiece of the camera and under the "nikon" to hold the wire from moving.
So far it works great.
I will try and get a shot posted this week.

Jason Stiffey
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12-01-2004 08:17 AM  12 years agoPost 14
Mark222

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fitenfyr

"The LED doesn't have to look directly at the sensor. The emmitter is omni-directional so it gets a good signal off to the side also."

There is an exception to the above:

Strong sunlight on IR sensors can cause confusion for the sensor, they can become unreliable and missfire. We had this happen a few times with the hacked Nikon IR remote until I added a foam sleeve around the LED to block the sunlight from the IR sensor on the camera.

It helps to aim the IR LED directly at the sensor and get them close together, so you can easily add a donut shaped foam seal (sunlight shield) around the LED. The foam should also seal against the IR sensor on the camera, this prevents sunlight from potentially interfering with the sensor.

Mark G.

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12-01-2004 03:52 PM  12 years agoPost 15
Rajun151

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I also have two custom Gentled IR's... I got him to set mine at 1.5 seconds and 2.5 seconds for repeat flashing. I'm hoping he will have a potentiometer type setup so we can manually change these settings soon.

I love these little guys... Definitely worth the price!

Thanks James!

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12-02-2004 12:09 AM  12 years agoPost 16
duczz

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Interesting item just ordered one for the Pro 1 ...

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04-02-2005 01:01 PM  12 years agoPost 17
greri

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Trigering camera remotely

http://www.pocketwizard.com

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