A new DSLR camera trap

Saturday, March 24, 2012posted by Bruce 1:07 PM

A Canon 400D trail camera with three Canon 270EX speedlights

This DSLR camera trap has been in the making for over a year but with many great opportunities now for tiger, leopard and other interesting wildlife photographs, I decided to finish it off.

DSLR Canon trail camera components

Canon 400D and ‘elephant proof’ aluminum box


Canon flash components

Close-up of wireless flash units


Machining flash boxes at my machine shop in Chiang Mai

Flash boxes in the raw, with a primer coat and camouflage paint job

Wireless flash trigger external modification

This Canon camera and flash units were assembled into an infrared camera trap using aluminum housings made in my shop at home in Chiang Mai. The main object of this project is to use multiple flashes and get some really great wildlife shots from this DSLR. The system works very well and it will be interesting to see what comes out.

Next week, I’m on my way to my favorite wildlife sanctuary in Thailand: Huai Kha Khaeng. I will be setting this rig where I have captured several tigers and leopard plus sun bear, gaur, banteng, elephant and a host of other animals that visit this mineral deposit and water hole. It should be interesting and I will post set-up and photos as soon as I get some (hopefully a tiger).








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