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IroquoisArcher

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Good to see a lot of new people joining the forum and wanting to build their own cams. Got me to thinking what I chose for my first build and why.
I read Charles build/hack tutorial on ArcheryTalk 5 years ago. I'd only ever had one game camera and that was just as Moultrie was going digital. Not happy with quality of pics. or how hard it seemed to get all settings right. Charles tutorial used a Sony S40 camera, small Walmart waterproof case, Yeti control board (Mark...Yeti...decided to close up since then), flat .90 fresnel and glass pieces needed and any other small stuff, didn't put in any extenal power for the camera as figured I'd never be able to go more then 2 weeks before checking it...like a kid at CHRISTmas time. Didn't have really any knowledge of soldering (they say I still have to get close so almost burn my nose when soldering...and they're right!) so really followed his instructions and it actually worked! For that reason I'm partial to S40's as know a bit more of what to do. Have gone to different cameras but again follow guys tutorials as I haven't a clue on what to do with figuring out a hack on a camera. For this reason I have kept to simpler builds. I have so many S40 parts cameras from screwing up so it does and will happen. Anyone thinking it won't will find out. Even Charles still screws them up! [rofl]
The "legends" (don't let it go to your heads guys) have been a big help with posting all their experience in doing the original work and I for one am grateful and hope they continue doing it.

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I used to use trailcams in the 90's.  The StealthCam 35mm and I had three.  Had a deal with the local supermarket that they would only charge me for the pictures that actually got developed (still have one cam and a bunch of pics).  Got two cams stolen.  Quit for years. 
Trip to Kansas in 2011 and bought two 'cheapies' WGI in Walmart while there.  Figured if I got them stolen, joke was on the thieves!  They didn't last all that long.  I have one left that I will put out every once in awhile.  I was done with spending $50 for crap and wasn't spending the kind of money needed to get a decent commercial cam.  Saw a thread on ArcheryTalk talking about making a trailcam.  Figured it would be a great project for my son and I, and give me a reason to be in teh woods more.  Still waiting to actually do my first hack.  Will get the son involved then. 
That was about a year ago. 

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I used to use trailcams in the 90's.  The StealthCam 35mm and I had three.  Had a deal with the local supermarket that they would only charge me for the pictures that actually got developed (still have one cam and a bunch of pics).  Got two cams stolen.  Quit for years. 
Trip to Kansas in 2011 and bought two 'cheapies' WGI in Walmart while there.  Figured if I got them stolen, joke was on the thieves!  They didn't last all that long.  I have one left that I will put out every once in awhile.  I was done with spending $50 for crap and wasn't spending the kind of money needed to get a decent commercial cam.  Saw a thread on ArcheryTalk talking about making a trailcam.  Figured it would be a great project for my son and I, and give me a reason to be in teh woods more.  Still waiting to actually do my first hack.  Will get the son involved then. 
That was about a year ago. 


Oh, and as you guys can tell by my threads and posts, I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing.  If I can get a cam in teh woods that takes pictures anyone can!

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Years ago I read a thread on Archery Talk about home-brew cameras.  I think it was from 12-Ringer.  I was like " What the heck are these guys doing !?"  I've never heard of such a thing....  You can build your own camera!!!!  What?  lol.  I got tired of throwing away commercial camera plastic junk!  They ate alkaline C cells as fast as a raccoon eats garbage!  So I read and read and read and decided to jump in and join hagshouse.com.  My first build was a P32 in a Pelican 1040 using a Bigfoot board.  Over the years I've "talked" cameras with a lot of people and sure enjoy being part of the home-brew community.  I am very appreciative of the individuals who share their knowledge and continue to do so.  Thank you!  I still won't touch a "commercial cam"....
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I started in 1999 with a Photohunter.  $250 back then was real expensive to me to put n the woods.  Worked overtime and saved up enough to buy one.  #5 mm camera and it worked real god.  So I decided to add another a year later.  I bought a Moultrie 35 mm cam.  What a piece of crap.  Filed the film up with nothing every time.  Eat batteries and just junk.  Called customers service and got nowhere.  A friend showed my a 35 mm Owl instructions he printed off of Jesse`s homepage.  I built one and it worked much better than the Moultrie.  I bought another store cam cheap and I do not think I ever got a good pic off it.  Well I found pixcontroller websight and made my plunge into digital.  First build was a P32 with slide glass and a 1060 case,  Man what a terrible build but it worked great.  No film to develop and if I did not like a picture I could delete it.  So I built about 15 builds and started to build for other people.  I posted on Archerytalk about how to build your own trailcam.  Took off big time and I was also building and hacking many camas t this point.  I am my best customer service.  No more commercial junk for me.  I have changed over the years and I am far smarter than I was when I started.  I still love to put cams out to check them.  I don`t build to often for other people but will upon request.  I feel it more fulfilling to pass the knowledge I have to others.  The best thing I have ever done is start this forum.  I am for keeping information out there to help people.  That is the goal of this forum.  To hel others with the same interest. Thanks everyone.
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I started about 12 years ago with the first year or so just reading and getting the guts to open a working camera and run the chance of it never working again.. My first build was a D380 with a Pix board in a 1060 case and wow what an ugly setup. I was tickled pink when I closed the camera up and it still worked and happier yet when the hack worked too. So I stuck it in the case and hung it in the woods and after getting the first pictures from some something I built was like a kid at Christmas. Needless to say I was hooked and life was never the same since. I sold lots of setups over the years and still have a lot more than I will ever use but its good to have spare setups for the spares LOL
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I've known about homebrew cams for years, but it looked very intimidating back then, since good video/pic tutorials and build info were harder to come by. Then I ran into a guy from VA while hunting Ohio last year, and we came upon the subject of running cams on public land. I was scared of losing my $350 leaf rivers, even though they were slow, battery eating pieces of junk lol. He told me about this site, Hagshouse, and Camtrapper, and how I could build a cam for under $100. So, last December I started gathering supplies and researching/reading as much as possible about building homebrews.

By January 4th this year, I had completed my first build... a Sony S40 in a Dolfin 8001 case. Thanks to the help from Gary at Snapshot Sniper, as well as Charles's awesome S40 Repair and cam build videos, I was easily able to complete my first build, using a repaired white screen S40 with relative ease, at a cost of right around $100. From then on I've been hooked lol. I've completed around a dozen builds using various Sony cams, and all of them have worked perfectly. I'm now building cams and selling them (either at my cost or at a $ loss) to my cheap friends and family members, just so I can do more builds lol.

Although I don't post much, I'm always peeping in on the various forums to see what's going on. For my next 2 projects, I'm hoping to do my first IR build with slave flash using a Sony W55, as well as a my first Day Video/Night White Flash w/ slave build using a Fuji JX650 + the Fuji Safari kit. Still undecided on what board to use with the W55 IR/Slave build... any suggestions? I took computer programming in High School and barely passed, so I'd need a pre programmed control board lol.
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Still undecided on what board to use with the W55 IR/Slave build... any suggestions? I took computer programming in High School and barely passed, so I'd need a pre programmed control board lol.


Any of the camera control boards will run the W55 camera. If you choose to use the Safari board you can get the Flash programming and use the Flash Backpacker so you basically have a complete package running on just one controller board that operates both the camera and slave flash.

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Still undecided on what board to use with the W55 IR/Slave build... any suggestions? I took computer programming in High School and barely passed, so I'd need a pre programmed control board lol.


Any of the camera control boards will run the W55 camera. If you choose to use the Safari board you can get the Flash programming and use the Flash Backpacker so you basically have a complete package running on just one controller board that operates both the camera and slave flash.


Since I'm already planning on purchasing your Fuji Safari kit, I'll probably add a second Safari with Flash Backpacker. I've already built a W55/no slave with an SSII, but it'd be nice to try your setup, as it seems it would take up less room in the case since it's stackable.

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