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DennisS

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Location: Los Anglels, United States
Registered: 1 Sep 2007
Low tech solution
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 at 0:20 GMT
So here I am trying to figure out how to mount my new CamRanger remote control. I had so many ideas that involved machining parts and such. I took one look at a rubber band sitting on the table. Perfect! Just when I was looking forward to manufacturing something rather exotic.



This is one great remote. I use my iPod touch to not only trigger the camera, but to make exposure adjustments without going near the camera.
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Bob Stone

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Location: Rochester, NY, United States
Registered: 20 Oct 2007
Re: Low tech solution
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 at 1:00 GMT
Hi Dennis, good idea. Is that the USB cable that came with the Cam Ranger? It only looks about 15cm long.

Been thinking about the Cam Ranger for a couple of months. Can you tell us a little about the HDR function? I'm assuming you just punch in the number of exposures you want and set the initial shutter speed? The website doesn't give much info about it that I can see.
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Smooth

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Location: Mount Panorama, Australia
Registered: 21 Jul 2004
Re: Low tech solution
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 at 3:06 GMT
Cutting up some bicycle inner tubes will give you "camera black" and better strength for elastic bands.

I have done this to hold my Promote pocket and cables to my panohead.

Regards, Smooth cool
www.omnipix.com.au
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John Houghton

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Location: Hitchin, United Kingdom
Registered: 17 Jan 2005
Re: Low tech solution
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 at 11:46 GMT

Bob Stone said:

Can you tell us a little about the HDR function? I'm assuming you just punch in the number of exposures you want and set the initial shutter speed? The website doesn't give much info about it that I can see.

Download the User's Manual from the Help page on the web site. There's a full description of the HDR function, starting on page 11. I emailed the site for clarification of the "steps" used in the exposure setting and got this reply: "If you set the step size to 3 it will progress 1/200, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, etc. The camera properties values are logarithmic. The example of 1/20, 1/25, 1/30 can be a bit misleading as for that brief range of values it is linear. The values on the two ends of that range are 1/40, 1/50 and 1/15, 1/13. So you can see the linearity quickly ends".

John
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DennisS

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Location: Los Anglels, United States
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Re: Low tech solution
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 at 15:34 GMT
The pictured USB cable is about 1ft in length. The one that comes with (READ: additional purchase for the D800) is about 3 feet. I would like to find a cable that is only 6 inches in length.

Since I do not shoot HDR I have not played around with that functionality. As John said, you can download the owner's manual.

As to the rubber band, I will probably go down to the fabric store and purchase some thin black elastic and make my own mount using velcro, cordura nylon and elastic.

I cannot stress how great this unit is. It makes my Nikon infrared remote look prehistoric. Actually the Nikon one is prehistoric.
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DennisS

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Location: Los Anglels, United States
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Re: Low tech solution
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 at 16:38 GMT
Can you tell us a little about the HDR function


Here is a screen shot of my iPod Touch with the CamRanger connected to my D800



The "Property" button tells CamRanger if you want to bracket the ISO, shutter speed or f stop.
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Bob Stone

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Location: Rochester, NY, United States
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Re: Low tech solution
Posted: 20 Jan 2013 at 3:34 GMT
updated: 20 Jan 2013 at 3:47 GMT
Thanks John, Dennis, I skipped over the "Help" section. Have it now. Will probably order one soon.
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michael przewrocki

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Location: basel, Switzerland
Registered: 19 Nov 2004
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 2 Feb 2013 at 8:18 GMT
I dont know your camera but i am using 3M Duallock Velcro on my canon compacts shooting digital 3dstereo. I also used it to twin two analogue olympus compacts. its stable- have no fear. stiffer duallock is most stable. in black or transparent. there is a more flexible one. dont know its name-must ask a distributor. they can be combined.all plastic.
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Luigi Pirandello

Posts: 185
Location: Italy
Registered: 14 Aug 2010
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 27 Mar 2013 at 19:22 GMT
Hi, good dispositive but very very expansive: 329 Euro.

have you ever heard of....

blog.jamiecarl.com.au/wireless-tethering-the-cool...

it seems the same thing. of course a comparison of transfer velocity and other stuff will be great.
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DennisS

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Location: Los Anglels, United States
Registered: 1 Sep 2007
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 at 1:23 GMT
It is not the same thing.

Less wireless range,
Requires a laptop,
no iDevice support, (I use my iPod Touch to control the Camranger)
MUCH BIGGER,
external battery which adds to the size and weight,
no touch screen support (like on your iDevice),

and many more differences.

parts - $234 + Nikon Camera Control software $180 = $414 and you put it together and no tech support
Camranger + free software = $299 fully supported

Not the same thing at all. Actually it is way more expensive. When you look at all the features and the total cost, the blog.jamiecarl.com solution is not as good.

There are other solutions that are cheaper than the Camranger and MUCH cheaper than the jamiecarl solution.
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Luigi Pirandello

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Location: Italy
Registered: 14 Aug 2010
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 at 9:18 GMT

DennisS said:

There are other solutions that are cheaper than the Camranger and MUCH cheaper than the jamiecarl solution.


Can you post me some alternatives?
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Luigi Pirandello

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Location: Italy
Registered: 14 Aug 2010
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 29 Mar 2013 at 12:39 GMT
is possibile with camranger connect-controll camera by pc-notebook?
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JdT

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Location: United States
Registered: 6 Jul 2012
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 30 Mar 2013 at 18:50 GMT
From their website:
"PC (Windows 7/8) and Android versions are in development and will be free and use the same CamRanger device. (Available Spring 2013)"
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Luigi Pirandello

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Location: Italy
Registered: 14 Aug 2010
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 9 Apr 2013 at 10:43 GMT
wow....300 euros only for ipad-iphone?
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Luigi Pirandello

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Location: Italy
Registered: 14 Aug 2010
Re: Low tech solution-Velcro to attach
Posted: 9 Apr 2013 at 12:35 GMT
good alternative ios-pc-android compatible?
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