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    spltd
    spltd  1 United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2013 - 4:01 PM

    Hi, we're looking for an automatic camera, flash and housing for a rollercoaster, but having trouble finding suppliers in the UK. Does anyone know of any please?

    We're looking to transfer them by ftp and import for use with darkroom (express digital).

    Any help, much appreciated if anyone knows "a guy" etc. Smile

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    joshwa
    joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3601 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2013 - 6:41 PM

    Hi,

    You could look at some of the recent DSLRs with Wi-Fi, (or optional Wi-Fi), such as the Canon EOS 6D, or Nikon D5200 / D3200 (optional Wi-Fi), they can be connected to iPads/iPhones and controlled remotely to transfer images.

    Alternatively you could look at the Nikon D4 or Canon EOS 1DX with Ethernet ports, to transfer the images that way.

    With any of these you should be able to buy a remote shutter release :
    http://www.ephotozine.com/reviews/remote-releases-102
    such as this one:
    http://www.ephotozine.com/article/nero-multi-trigger-review-20525
    which can be triggered by sound, light or laser.

    Then you'd just need a compatible flash to go with the camera.

    Cheers,

    Josh

    Last Modified By joshwa at 12 Feb 2013 - 6:42 PM
    MikeA
    MikeA  91168 forum posts England
    12 Feb 2013 - 6:47 PM

    Hi, try these guys they will sell you a package tailed to your needs: https://www.harbortronics.com/

    spltd
    spltd  1 United Kingdom
    12 Feb 2013 - 11:25 PM

    Thanks guys, to add more details -

    The ride has 5 carts which we'd like to photo individually, the camera will be mounted on a wall pointing towards the fastest part of the ride for best facial reactions/g-force Tongue. The ride obviously goes pretty fast even if it's a kiddies coaster, so it has to be able to flash and take pictures very quickly.

    MikeA
    MikeA  91168 forum posts England
    13 Feb 2013 - 1:22 PM


    Quote: Thanks guys, to add more details -

    The ride has 5 carts which we'd like to photo individually, the camera will be mounted on a wall pointing towards the fastest part of the ride for best facial reactions/g-force Tongue. The ride obviously goes pretty fast even if it's a kiddies coaster, so it has to be able to flash and take pictures very quickly.

    Plenty of those on the side of the road in Yellow boxes, check with your local highways people.

    Simon_W
    Simon_W  1 United Kingdom
    20 Mar 2013 - 12:02 AM

    It's a lot more complicated than just a camera.

    You will need a trigger (laser sensor).
    Micro controller to time the pictures from the trigger and then trigger the camera through external trigger cable.
    A camera capable of around a 1/3000th (depending on speed of ride) shutter speed plus a shutter lag no more than around 0.05 of a second.
    Plus ftp is the wrong way to go as you will need to adjust photo quality during the day so will need to mount a PC with the camera, how far is the camera from the main PC? over 120 metres ish you will need fibre.
    Then there's your flash which you will need to sync at a 1/3000th shutter speed and be powerful enough to light the subject and go off 5 continuous times.

    Your basically looking at around 10k to 15k.

    User_Removed
    20 Mar 2013 - 12:14 AM

    Contact me off-list for someone who can best advise. He not only is a high-speed camera specialist (he has worked on very high profile commercial projects including time-slice photography), he also understands rollercoasters.

    Last Modified By User_Removed at 20 Mar 2013 - 12:20 AM
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