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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but, just being hacky,
I usually set the length of the "shutter button pressed" pulse from the Stackshot(etc) to be long enough to see the red LED on the controller. I use 0.5 seconds I think.

It could be used to determine the time between firing the shutter and firing the flash, if the flash is triggered on the edge when the shutter "button" is released. Say the shutter pressed duration is set to 1 second:
Sequence goes:
Stackshot presses shutter button.
Camera opens shutter, to start say a 2 second exposure.
At 1 second, Stackshot "releases the shutter button" - flash fires.
At 2 seconds, Camera closes shutter.

Something like this:
(there's no Opto coupler in the simulator I'm using, so I made a rough simulator. The input led actually needs "from 40µA", at about 1.2V forward voltage. D4 plus VBE is ~1.4V, at which the 5k takes ~280µA.
Optocoupler is
HCPL-4701
http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/678/V01-0547EN0-908655.pdf
Components would need some twiddling.)

I used 10V in the flashgun just to make it different. Ground wouldn't connect through the actual Opto.
Green goes down (to fire flash) when Red is released from 0V.
NB there's no power added anywhere, 0.5mA comes from the camera USB shown as 5V, otherwise flash or Stackshot.
"Shutter Pressed" here is just me clicking the mouse:


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