Regular readers may remember my earlier experiments using the 350D and a home brew intervalometer to make a time lapse video of cloud formations. A few months ago I looked in to buying a commercial intervalometer (a gadget which fires the camera at set intervals). The Canon one is more that a bit expensive at over £100 but I found there are third party makes which are considerably cheaper at £12 to £25 a time. I bought one of the cheap ones from Amazon UK and have finally got Round Tuit and given it a trial.
The unit can be set to any delay before taking a photo, any delay time between shots and any number of shots up to 399. It runs on two AAA cells and has a decent sized clear LCD display. You have to buy one with the correct plug to suit the make / model of camera you want to connect it to.
Here is the camera set up with the intervalometer:
A close view of the LCD display.
Top right is an LED which goes green two seconds before a shot as it sends a signal to focus the camera then red as it fires the camera.
(the dark line is a reflection) .....
..... showing 7 seconds to the next shot and the next shot is number 335 (counting down from 399)
For this video shots were taken at 15 second intervals:
Canon 350D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.4 lens
Set to 70mm, manual focus, auto exposure.
The Windows program 'Images to Video' was used to make the still shots into a video.
I'm not sure why the camera seems to wobble a bit, maybe the gusty wind though the tripod seemed very firm. On reflection I think it was caused by the image stabilizer in the lens making slight alterations. I must remember to switch that off for such activities.