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Time lapse with Nikon D70s?

Bon Sawyer , Sep 24, 2005; 11:09 p.m.

Hi all,

Is there any way of doing time lapse photography with the Nikon D70s (or D100) without a laptop computer? Maybe some kind of third-party device that plugs into the remote socket?

I'm surprised that Nikon don't offer a remote with an interval timer function, given that they do offer one for some of their Coolpix models... or do they?

Thanks,

-Bon

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Frank Kujawski , Sep 24, 2005; 11:52 p.m.

the D70 has a wireless remote, not the solution you are probably looking for, but it could be a hack. you did not indicate what your time delay is, perhaps the built in time delay is close enough? you can click every time the camera takes a picture, and the timer times again.

Lukas Jenkins , Sep 25, 2005; 12:05 a.m.

I think I have a solution for you check out this product called digisnap by harbortronics http://www.harbortronics.com/products2000.asp

Bon Sawyer , Sep 25, 2005; 01:11 a.m.

Thanks for the responses.

Frank- that approach could work, but I would rather something more automated for convenience/consistency. I think I read that the newer D70s has a wired socket in addition to the infrared remote, but could be wrong... will have to do some more reading.

Lukas- thanks for the link! Looks very promising. They mention that the D70 is compatible, but requires modification. I'll e-mail them to see if this is also the case with the D70s.

Cheers,

-Bon

John Schroeder , Sep 25, 2005; 11:12 a.m.

When the D70/D70s is attached to a coputer via the usb cable you can use Nikon Capture Control as an intervalometer. This will allow you to to time lapse photography.

Andy Radin , Sep 25, 2005; 01:56 p.m.

"Is there any way of doing time lapse photography with the Nikon D70s (or D100) without a laptop computer?"

"When the D70/D70s is attached to a computer via the usb cable you can use Nikon Capture Control as an intervalometer."

sigh...

Lex Jenkins , Sep 25, 2005; 09:04 p.m.

C'mon, Andy, "Think different", as the annoying Mac slogan goes.

It might be possible to load Nikon Capture camera control into a device *other than* a laptop. Surely some clever person can figure out how to do this with a compact device with limited computing capabilities that is just good enough for this particular purpose.

I've seen some pretty amazing hacks online that mutated devices far beyond the original designers' intents.

Years ago a popular device for this was the old Tandy Model 100/102, the original laptop. What it lacked in computing power was more than made up for by the imagination and programming ability of individuals who used these to track seismic activity; as sophisticated timers to program complex exposures for enlarging prints in the darkroom; and more uses than I can even recall at the moment.

Granted, the Model 100/102 was the size of many of today's far more powerful notebooks, but the concept is the same: wring the greatest possible use out of a seemingly limited device.

There are plenty of "obsolete" PDAs and similar devices out there waiting to be hacked by a clever person. That fits neatly within the category of "some kind of third-party device that plugs into the remote socket".

Andy Radin , Sep 25, 2005; 11:59 p.m.

alright, fair point. windows CE device maybe? if it were me, I might rather crack open a wireless or wired remote and hook a standard electronic intervalometer to the button leads. I think you're limited to no more than 15 minutes between shots though, or it'll shut off.

Lex Jenkins , Sep 26, 2005; 01:19 a.m.

I'm not sure about the D70s but the Pocket Wizard folks make a cord that attaches to certain cameras including the D2H to keep them "awake".

John Schroeder , Sep 26, 2005; 12:10 p.m.

"...without a laptop computer" I guess I should have paid more attention when I was learning how too read. Doh!


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