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Old April 24th, 2008, 07:16 AM   #1
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Timelapse with geared/remote control tripod head.

Picked up a cheap tripod head from a Telescope Shop and tried it with the EX1 in Shibuya the other night. All shots are one frame a second panning horizontally and in some shots vertically as well on the LOW setting. Some good results for a first try. Although after reviewing some shots it might be better to sped them up a little. Ive posted raw clips as they are. No sound. Just test shots for anyone interested in panning time-lapse.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 02:24 AM   #2
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Very cool!
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Old April 27th, 2008, 07:36 AM   #3
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Alexander, Fantastic results for little expense! Do you know if the unit is available in the US? Is it possible to mail order from the shop where you purchased it or should I go direct to the company?
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Old April 27th, 2008, 10:14 AM   #4
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If anyones interested in this device contact Lonnie Hirsch at Mizar Optical Japan. He told me they ship internationally. It does weigh 2kg though. Don't know the shipping cost on that. You can email him at mizar@gol.com


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Old April 27th, 2008, 10:42 AM   #5
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Alexander, I have just sent him an e-mail...will keep you posted. Very creative use of the product. How do you think the build quality is on the product and what is the source of power?
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Old April 28th, 2008, 01:13 AM   #6
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Alexander, I have just sent him an e-mail...will keep you posted. Very creative use of the product. How do you think the build quality is on the product and what is the source of power?
Craig, build is solid but not really designed for carting around on shoots. Power source is 8 AA battery pack which comes with kit or regular 12v adaptor sold seperately.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #7
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Just to update everyone on the KD Motor Mount. I had a few drinks with Lonnie from Mizar optics tonight. He's an expat living in Tokyo dealing with all Mizar Optics exports outside Japan. Good guy. He said the cheapest option for Mizar and foreign buyers is Western Union or credit Card. There may be a slight delay on orders because they have been flooded with requests since Phil and I introduced it --It was designed for telescopes originally. They usually sell about one a month! I can say, The KD Mount is excellently made. Hand made here in Tokyo believe it or not! Phil and I used it a lot last week. It stalled on a few occassions but that was our own fault for not tightening the tension on the horizontal gears. It can take an EX1 plus Letus Extreme and Rods. Excellent buy. Great to see small company craftmanship still going in this age of cheap China imports and rip off specialists.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #8
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Holy Crow! That is cool! Where were you earlier this year when I was looking for that exact thing? People told me there was such a thing but I couldn't find one.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #9
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Hey Alexander great work!

Quick question:

How does/ would the KD Mount attach to a 75mm tripod bowl?

I imagine one would need a flat base plate for the tripod with a screw to thread into the KD Mount?

Any thoughts?Any photos?
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Old May 7th, 2008, 11:16 PM   #10
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Thats right Jonathan. You just need to buy a large washer or something flat with a hole in it and a screw that is long enough to thread up into the KD Mount base. Ill try and post some photos later tonight.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #11
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Cool. Your the best Alexander :)

Can you do a horizontal and vertical arch at the same time?

You have to hold down the buttons or is it pre-programmable?

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Old May 8th, 2008, 02:27 AM   #12
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Yes you can do horizontal and vertical at the same time if you hold down both buttons. There is no computer control. Buy some small clamps and that should do the trick. Save your thumbs going numb. Check out Phillip Blooms latest Blog, he has a Photo of a clamp on the control.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:43 PM   #13
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thanks again alex.

on a side note,

i first began to see timelapse used in limited doses back in '97. haven't watched tv for years and years but my feeling is more and more folks are moving into it. now with variable frame rates on lower end cameras...... it's going be everywhere and and you know how that goes.

so..... now the trick becomes...... to use these devices in motivated and unconventional ways.
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Cool images Alex! Did you get the blurred images dialing in the syncro-scan rate or...?
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Cool images Alex! Did you get the blurred images dialing in the syncro-scan rate or...?
The blurred effect was done using the "EX slow shutter 16" setting which lets in light for 16 frames. I then set the KD motor mounts to LOW setting which pans at .02 degree a secound. At this slow speed I found it doesnt blur the background buildings when panning, just the objects moving faster then the panning speed. Thats how you get that ghost effect while keeping sharp background images on static objects, buildings, parked cars etc.
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