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 Questions for Milapse users 
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Joined: Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:53 pm
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Post Questions for Milapse users
I'm interested in adding some panning to my time lapses, and I was wondering if some Milapse users could help with the following questions...

1) First, why is the Milapse system so cheap compared to other panning systems? I've learned from photography that you really do get what you pay for, so what features/build quality etc does the Milapse sacrifice.

2) What's the difference between the 494 and 497?

3) I've heard some people call the Milapse a daytime panning system. Why is that? Is there no way to use it for night time lapses?


Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:07 am
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1) the unit is mass produced unlike most motion control rigs that are produced in small batches. Although the serious astronomy community may turn their nose up at this beginner mount it's relative accuracy is very reasonable for timelapse. Like anything photography related, it's true that Leica glass is sublime but it's true performance lies in the experience/talent of the user. ;)

2)494 has no number pad and serial port. Otherwise they are identical for our use.

3) a)there are go motion rigs (continuous motion) and b) stop motion rigs (move,stop,shoot,move)

You can a) slow down the continuous motion rig for low light situations (think shutter angle in the film world, 90d vs 180d vs 360d) or b) stop for the shot and theoretically reap some sharpness. It's not a can vs. cannot, it's more of a shade of motion blur...


Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:44 am

Joined: Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:53 pm
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Post Re: Questions for Milapse users
Thanks Milapse!

So, for time lapse photography, is there any reason to get the 497? Could it be used to make it a stop motion rig as you described?


Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:32 am
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Post Re: Questions for Milapse users
The number pad is nice to have in the field and the 497 allows scripted serial commands to be sent to the head (aka timeismotion freeware). Parsing commands would be needed for stop motion. Although... I have my doubts that the start/stop commands could be executed with out variations in the move. It's yet to be done/seen.


Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:38 am
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