bigbassmann
Coming soon!!! A new Safari Camera Controller is on the way, the Safari SMT. It is a surface mount version of the original Safari. The Safari SMT comes complete with all of the functions of the original Safari but in a smaller package that measures 1.85" square. The new version boards will also come with the Easy Mount so getting perfect alignment with your choice of Fresnel lens is a snap.


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Safari SMT compared to the original Safari
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Also coming soon is a whole new package designed specifically for use with the Fuji FX and JZ series cameras. This new package will include the Safari SMT, the new Mosfet/Opto Backpacker and the Flash Backpacker. With this combination you can put together a build with one of the Fuji cameras such as the JZ100, JZ250, JX650, JX665 and JX680 for Daytime HD video with amped sound and Nighttime still pictures with a slave flash. This package will likely work with the Olympus VG190 but I cannot verify that since I don't have one of those cams to test it with so some program timings may need to be altered. Perhaps Charles can shed more light on that subject. The Mosfet/Opto Backpacker has connections for a 9 volt battery to power the amped mic, connections for the amped microphone wires and the connections for the camera record button at terminals 2 and 2C. I will provide a wiring diagram showing all connections for the Fuji cameras when the new board package becomes available.

Safari SMT with Easy Mount, Mosfet/Opto Backpacker, Flash Backpacker package  
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cloudyj
The board sure seems small for what it does Ralph. Looking forward to your wiring diagram as it makes things easy to connect. I have two more JX cameras and safari boards for them to build. When I find another Jx650-80 or JZ series I'll be looking for more boards. I've been testing a JX680 with 6 Eneloops and no internal battery and I am amazed how many pictures and video I have taken and it's still out taking pictures.
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buckshot164
Looks good.  Can`t wait to try one.
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Whitetail Whittle
Looks good Ralph.

How are you able to see to soilder those little parts?
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bigbassmann
Whitetail Whittle wrote:
Looks good Ralph. How are you able to see to soilder those little parts?

Brian,
   I don't solder the parts by hand, that would be almost impossible for me especially since there are 4 tiny capacitors that look like a grain of sand, they really are almost that small. I use an oven that is specifically designed for doing surface mount applications and it works great. Once the surface mount components are finished in the oven and the boards have cooled down properly I remove it from the oven and then solder the remaining through hole components to the boards. It is still tedious work applying solder paste to each pad and then placing the components on the board but still better than trying to solder all those tiny parts with an iron.   
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IroquoisArcher
And here I thought ocra, grits and chittlins were good for your eyesight. Guess you're going to start having to eat more hush puppies and salamanders or whatever it is you suthna's eat. [rofl]
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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Whitetail Whittle
That makes sense.
Never got into SMT. The SMT boards look a lot better and smaller but not sure if I want all that headache.
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bigbassmann
IroquoisArcher wrote:
And here I thought ocra, grits and chittlins were good for your eyesight. Guess you're going to start having to eat more hush puppies and salamanders or whatever it is you suthna's eat. [rofl]


All those good ole suthna foods do help Jon but they can't ward off old age and we don't eat salamanders, we eat crawfish you knuckle head. [rofl]
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