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Does The Camera Axe Cut It?
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Author:  David Crawford [ Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Does The Camera Axe Cut It?

I've noticed people have mentioned the Mumford Time Machine in different postings. I conclude from the various messages it is a really good piece of kit, but a bit steep pricewise.

I wonder if anyone has used the Camera Axe http://www.cameraaxe.com/ ? I've looked at this site a few times and am seriously considering placing an order. However if some of you could give me an opinion based on personal experience, it would be a big help.

Author:  shutterdrone-old1 [ Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Does The Camera Axe Cut It?

David Crawford wrote:
I've noticed people have mentioned the Mumford Time Machine in different postings. I conclude from the various messages it is a really good piece of kit, but a bit steep pricewise.

I wonder if anyone has used the Camera Axe http://www.cameraaxe.com/ ? I've looked at this site a few times and am seriously considering placing an order. However if some of you could give me an opinion based on personal experience, it would be a big help.



It doesn't do time-lapse (interval) timing out of the box, if that's what you're looking for.

However, it is open source (Maurice is a cool cat), and it is basically powered by an Arduino... So, if you buy the FTDI breakout board (http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/produc ... ts_id=9115), grab some breadboard, and read my tutorial on making Arduino intervalometers here: http://openmoco.org/node/88 ... You could be shooting with this thing in one night with a little coding.

If you're only buying it as an intervalometer, and not to do all the other shooting types it's doing, you might want to save some scratch though. That's a really expensive intervalometer that isn't yet an intervalometer =)


(edit: I see where I might've misunderstood you here...)

Additionally, the mumford and the axe are two totally different beasts with two different purposes in general, but a single common function: to trigger high-speed or sound-based photography. Is that what you're trying to achieve?

!c

Author:  David Crawford [ Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Does The Camera Axe Cut It?

Thanks for the reply.

I bought a Phottix Nikos which works really well with my Nikon D90. The problem is I'm too scared of the damage all those shutter actions will do to my camera, to really try anything too serious with it at present. This is another subject though, and I'm working on a solution to this at present.

I would be really interested in trying some wildlife photography with the camera axe. One image I would like to try to capture is a bird entering the roof space in which it has a nest and some chicks.

Do you think the camera axe would make a good job of this?

Author:  shutterdrone-old1 [ Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Does The Camera Axe Cut It?

David Crawford wrote:
I would be really interested in trying some wildlife photography with the camera axe. One image I would like to try to capture is a bird entering the roof space in which it has a nest and some chicks.

Do you think the camera axe would make a good job of this?


That seems to be the purpose of it, so I'd say "yes." I can see under the hood, and it looks to be straight-forward and unlikely to mess up.

!c

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