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01-17-2003, 04:54 PM
I'm ready to try my first digital cam.
I will be using the D-380, (LP)MS-20, and Pelican case. What choices do I have as far as a refresh circuit board goes? And, what will I have to pay for the refresh board?
What kind of battery life should I expect with 4 C-cells for the camera? And most importantly, have the long power-up "lag" time issues the on the D-380 been resolved?
I don't want to waste time and money on a camera that takes 8-10 seconds to power up and take a picture. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/afraid_face.gif
01-17-2003, 05:01 PM
It never has taken 8-10. The usual is about 2-3. That really isnt much different than an owl
01-17-2003, 05:14 PM
Lakota Brian sells a board that will work with your setup. It has a setable refresh and lots of other options. Easy to use and install. In the 2.5 min refresh you can snap a pic in about 1 sec. Works great and if you get a slave flash the pics at night are super. His board I think is 36 bucks. MC.
01-17-2003, 05:58 PM
If you're going to use the MS20 as your PIR source than Brian probably has about the only option in a board with a refresh circuit. Both my board and his new one has a fast shutter mode to take a pic in a second or less with your D380.
I would think you could get a few weeks of life out of 4 C Cells in fast shutter mode from the D380 if it just powers the camera. Hard to say what kind of batter life you'd get if it powered the camera and control electronics.
01-17-2003, 06:09 PM
I've also been looking at your board. If I were to use it, what kind of batt. life will I get? Do you use a 9v to power the board and different power source for the camera?
If I use your refresh board with a MS20, are they both powered by the same battery? Battery life?
01-17-2003, 06:32 PM
Lakota, if you use Brians timer, it is run from the MS20 regulated power. Mine work the same with his chip on it, and I have had very good results.
01-17-2003, 08:13 PM
I haven't had a set of batteries go dead on my systems yet, so I can't give you an accurate answer to your question. I've been running one camera system for 8 months now on 4 C Cells and it's still running strong. The PIR on the board uses very little power, and the board is kept in sleep mode until a PIR event comes in. I normally run the camera off of internal NiMH AA's, and the board on C's. You could probably set any of these systems up on 4 C Cell's running the camera and control board. You can run my board from a 9V battery too, but I'm not sure what kind of life you'll get out of it because I have not run one like that yet.
01-17-2003, 08:25 PM
What kind of life are you getting out of the NiMH AA's in a D-380? Are you using 4?
01-17-2003, 08:31 PM
With 1600 MHR NiHM I'll get about 10 days from normal shutter mode (slower shutter times), and about 5 days in fast shutter mode. You can do much better using the D380 from an external battery source though.
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