Unfortunatly, the delay is normal for the cam but is usually only about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 sec if the cam has been fired within the past few hours. Then if not used (but "ON", the lens cover is opened") for a long time, like several days or sometimes, just over night, the delay seems to increase as the flash circuit takes longer to charge. You will see this delay, even if you press the Push Button Manually, BTW.
If the delay is really troublesome, you will have to think about building a "Refresh Pulse" circuit that is being talked about from time to time on the Forum.
This circuit will send a refresh pulse to the cam's "Half Press" to keep the Flash Circuit charge up.
Also, the problem seems to get worse as the AA batts weaken, even if the batt indicator says they are fully charged, try replacing them.
dharter - I often wondered this myself. Seems that the camera bat's should have a shorter life while the lense cover is open. I figure on replacing the AA's every 3 or 4 months when the cam is being used. Anyone ever have their's run down?
I'm a newbie, so suffer me a newbie question: Does the 9v (or 12v) battery that is wired to the PIR sensor only power the sensor? From the posts above about the AA batteries, I now realize that the camera is not powered by the large battery!?
glen71 - Welcome to the BBS! We seem to be getting alot of "newbies" here.
The cameras have their own batteries just like always. These power the flash, film motor, etc.
The PIR get powered seperately by it's own battery. Not a dumb question really. I remember having the same question about 8 months ago.
Are you gonna build one?
gizz - Yep, my Canon Owl PF Date should arrive tomorrow (shipped Friday from Amazon.com), and I located all the RS parts today. I am still undecided/confused about which timer assembly to use. I need a timer as this first camera will watch a protein feeder. Hopefully, later this fall I will get some pictures of some of our S. Texas bucks.
wvhunter - Thanks for the welcome. I came primarily for the game-tracker info, but I have sampled several threads and am favorably impressed. This is a more refined and polite BBS than most (IMHO). I just hope this Texas boy can hang with all you electronics "brainiacs".