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    I’ve been wanting to have a play with timelapse photography, which I believe I can achieve with my canon 450D using the magic lantern firmware, but I’d like to have a bit of movement ( eg. Panning ) and have seen a lot of devices on amazon, eBay etc that offer this

    Has anyone used any such device with an slr and do you have any recommendations ?

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    A really cheap hack I've seen is to use a kitchen timer where the top rotates - not sure how heavy your 450D is but if you have one hanging around it might be worth a play?
    You can always move on to something more sophisticated if you enjoy the project.

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    ORDNING Timer Stainless steel - IKEA
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I ha tried removing the top casing from a kitchen timer from Tesco, but it struggled to turn with the weight of the 450D (not the heaviest dSLR, but I guess heavy enough). Maybe I just need a better timer :)
     
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    You can get an intervalometer off Amazon for a tenner (though maybe worth looking up some recommendations on that) so I'd go that route before Magic Lantern (assuming this is the only reason you're looking at ML).

    Something like the Syrp Genie Mini would be the "proper" way - it will do the intervalometer bit (I'm pretty sure) and will stop the motion every time it takes a photo.

    Going with the constant turntable options is cheaper to try it out but you will need to keep the shutter speed fairly short to avoid blurring.
     
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    Thanks, I had ML on my 450D already (albeit it'll be a year or so out of date now) but it can be temperamental so a hardware alternative would be great, so will have a look at some intervalometers.
     
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    I've not heard of needing to remove the top casing before? I thought you just plonked the camera on the flat top.
    I guess balance is very important as it's only a very puny clockwork mechanism - if the weight of the camera is perfectly central then the effort to turn is minimal, but I guess there are limits to how well that can be achieved.
    The times I've seen this work well have been primarily phones and compact system cameras.
    I hope you come up with something!
     
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    The top of the egg timer was not flat, so removed it to expose a flat metal surface inside.

    I've found a rotating time lapse mount for SLRs for under £15, it seems to do 1 full rotation in 1hr. I shall give it a try and hope for the best
     
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    Share a link? :)
     
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    I did a quick eBay search and came up with something similar from several vendors - they were mainly suggesting for GoPros with a max load of 500g. I'm mildly suspicious that they do a full turn in an hour... ;)

    As above a link would be interesting :thumbsup:
     
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    This is the one I went for: here
     
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    This is the one

    From the description it states "Load capacity: up to 3.5kg" but I doubt it'll take that much. It has a tripod mount screw on the bottom which was a plus.

    If it's terrible, I guess I can always return it (or use it for my phone).

    *Edit - actually for my phone, I can grab a Dji Osmo Mobile 2 from work which might do a better job
     
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    Is 5 minutes the minimum rotation time for this? I've got an idea I could use this for, but five minutes is a little too long for it.
     
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    Try Viagra? :devil:
     
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    I am not sure, you *might* be able to set interim steps.

    Once mine arrives I can test
     
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    hi i have a panasonic compact which depending on shots taken during time lapse just gives finish time instead of the time it actually takes would rather it done the latter,im curious about the rotator if it can be set to finish any time up to 60 mins.
     
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    From my reading up on it, they really are just glorified egg times with with a tripod mount, so in theory you can set any time you like for rotation, but the amount of rotation time decides the rotation amount (ie. 60mins = 360deg, 30mins = 180dec and 15mins = 90deg)
     
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    ok thanks been reading reviews and even the expensive ones have some issues like a bell! when its finished, def like a egg timer :) but im sure theres a setting on my compact to turn sound off.
     
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    There is one I've seen on Amazon, it's around £85 but you can program the duration and rotation etc into it. Seems a lot better, but of course more expensive
     
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    That’s a good a good looking device too ( the guy in the video looks super bored )

    I’ll find a device that does what I want and hopefully get to shoot a few time lapse videos. I’m heading to France for a few weeks at the end of the month so hopefully get something before then
     
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    The guy does look like it was some sort of punishment duty. I'm also puzzled by choosing somewhere so unsuited to a wide angle lens timelapse, very little movement, nothing in the foreground etc.

    On balance if I was going above the tenner kitchen timer I'd probably spring a bit extra for the TurnsPro which looks like you can set the rotation and timing to anything you like rather than the increments of the one I linked to.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/TurnsPro-P...50&sr=8-10-spons&keywords=timelapse+pan&psc=1

    As every time I go on amazon I'm offered these things I was amused by this
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brinno-ART...qid=1530719050&sr=8-18&keywords=timelapse+pan
    Spot the difference with this :rofl:
    ORDNING Timer Stainless steel - IKEA
     
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    Haha, The TurnsPro was one I was intrigued by, Ive been a bit silly today and used some excess. Amazon vouchers I won at work and ordered this and the micro dolly add on
     
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    Personally I think moving TL is overrated. For me its better to get really beautifully composed and planned sequences rather than just add movement for the sake of it.
     
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    I get that, and I guess each to their own but I would argue that time lapse is all about movement.

    You can get a great composition and still have lateral movement, or a static focal point - every shot is different
     
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    Both have their own creative possibilities - Grasshopper....
     
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    For me camera movement should be motivated. If it isn't supporting the action nor narrative its purely for the sake of doing it. Time-lapse is indeed of course about movement and motion but we could jump on vimeo and find a ton of clips where people have gone out with motorised sliders and shot trash. Hyperlapse is interesting but hard to master
     
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    But you could argue the same basic point citing Flickr for still images - the fact that some produce better images than others doesn't really say anything about the techniques used....
     
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    Well thats more whether a picture is a good picture or a bad one. I'm saying that movement within a scene should be motivated as apposed to simply being because it can be moved. Is the film maker revealing something or are we tracking a subject. Michael Bay is a perfect example of a film maker that will move the camera for the sake of it as apposed to support a narrative point.
     
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    I think you're confusing still images and images of stationary objects.......
     

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