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03-05-2008 07:17 PM  10 years agoPost 1
dhotamis

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Hello,

I am going to start shooting with a Canon XTi and eventhough I read some of the posts I can not say I fully understood what to do, what to buy, so I can shoot/zoom without attaching a servo all over the camera...

I also have a downlink system with a camera from Range Video, but attaching that to Xti view finder the image is horrible on my video glasses.

Any input is helpful .

Thanks
Deniz

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03-05-2008 08:18 PM  10 years agoPost 2
ErichF

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This little dude will solve your problems for control interface. I use them on Canon S3IS cameras on Observers. Easy to setup.

http://blip.com.au/item.aspx?itemid=14

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03-05-2008 08:50 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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Erich, the XTI does not have a powered zoom. The little thing is pretty cool tho.

THe only way is to zoom an SLR is to attach a servo somewhere near your camera, and use a rubber wheel to turn the lens barrel or a belt drive around the lens driven by a servo with a pulley.

Most people just set the zoom, or use prime lenses.

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03-05-2008 09:00 PM  10 years agoPost 4
ErichF

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Ah that sux, well you can still get the Blip without the zoom function, an still control the shutter via soft RC.

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03-06-2008 12:22 AM  10 years agoPost 5
xcellgasman101

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I use a servo with a coged pulley, and belt,, works great, I have it mixed with the throttle servo, full throttle,, full zoom, or put it where you want it,, You really don't have to have zoom,, you could just move your heli closer to the subject.. But I like knowing I have it if I need it, XGM/VGM

John Crotts
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03-06-2008 01:15 AM  10 years agoPost 6
okiefarmr

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The GentLED works real well for triggering & focusing the camera. xcellgasman101's method of controlling the zoom works well.

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03-06-2008 01:28 AM  10 years agoPost 7
xcellgasman101

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http://www.sdp-si.com/
This is the place I got all the parts from,,, Hope this helps.. XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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03-06-2008 01:33 AM  10 years agoPost 8
xcellgasman101

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I also use the Gentles IR,, http://www.gentles.ltd.uk/gentled/joyswitch.htm
Works like a dream,, XGM/VMG

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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03-06-2008 03:34 AM  10 years agoPost 9
iflybyu77

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Need zoom? Fly closer!

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03-06-2008 03:33 PM  10 years agoPost 10
dhotamis

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Thanks alot guys for all the info. I will decide between one of the two you all mentioned. For zoom the system xcellgasman101 mentioned sounds great but do you mind sending a image of your set up so I can have a visual element to work from ? Thank you

Deniz

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03-06-2008 03:57 PM  10 years agoPost 11
dhotamis

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Can anyone also recommend me a better way to get a view of what the camera sees other than me taping/mounting the wifi camera on the XTi? That set up sucks!

Thanks

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03-06-2008 05:16 PM  10 years agoPost 12
xcellgasman101

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I will try to get some pic's for you to see how I did it,, I'll have to borrow a camera to do this,, It might be later tonight, before I can post,, XGM/VGM

John Crotts
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03-06-2008 05:20 PM  10 years agoPost 13
xcellgasman101

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http://www.blackwidowav.com/kx131cased.html
This is the camera I use to look thru the viewfinder with a 19 degrees FOV lens,, Works great, Very clear view of what you are shooting,, Hope this helps.. XGM/VMG

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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03-06-2008 06:21 PM  10 years agoPost 14
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Ok you don't have to wait till this evening,, Crapy camera but it is one I had laying around,,, Now don't make fun of my dirty mount,, OR all the wires hanging around,, I'm in the process of cleaning it all up after the last shoot,, Now I do need to get a bigger coged pully, it's not quite big enought to zoom the whole lens, but close,,, Hope this helps.. XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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03-09-2008 09:18 AM  10 years agoPost 15
dhotamis

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Thanks
Thank you all for the priceless answers and suggestions.

Deniz

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