D- 370 & 380 Primer

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This is by no means a step by step for a digital, so many inquires and confusion over just what you need for a digital game cam thought I would post some pics for newbies who just want a look at what you end up with.... Having said that let me say I am by no means a pro.

I have built only 2 35mm and a digital.  My first 35 was built with Hamiltoes completed board, and my second with Brians completed board. I don't like messing with stuff I don't know anything about like RS & MS boards, soldering tiny components to/with addon delay boards seems like a whole lot of work for the same price, $25 + tax for sensor 35 + shipping for add on boards when you can get it with the hard stuff already done, the stuff I am not interested in  for $70 + shipping.

Both excellent boards and worked first time without a hitch in spite of me.

Hamiltoes 35mm board (www.fieldpix.com)
Hamiltoes board came complete with everything you might need , all switches, led, templates and connectors. all you have to do is solder 2 leads to the battery pack and 2 leads to the cam. If I can do it you can do it. This is the most simple and straight foward board to use in the field, you have a walk test and cam setting with 4 time delays (dip switches)  Great board to start with. "Idiot Proof" in the field, You will need to buy the 4 C cell battery pack from Radio Shack to drive the sensor and delay board plus the cam which, you can get  from ******.com pre wired if you wish. And a box of your choice.  I havn't seen his digital version but suspect it is just as complete and easy.

My second was with Brians board (BKGennings@coopertire.com)
Just as simple and complete to install with sensor,  switches, leads,  buttons and mounting templates. Nothing else to buy except cam and box of choice.

A little more "feature rich" with customizeable delay times, double picture mode, event counter, test mode, and 38 count shutdown, it turns the camera off after 38 pictures but event counter keeps on counting. and oh I almost forgot, my favorite it has a security function, you have to enter a code to power the board up. Probably wouldn't stop a thief but it will keep them from using it or selling it if they can't use it.  You better take the instructions along the first couple times you use it or you"ll be lost.

Because of the "security" feature and I am used to punching buttons now I used his digital version  with my D-370. Set up exactly the same way as my 35mm except without the 38 pic shutdown. (you get 50+ pice in hi-res with a 32 meg card.  Here is a list and prices

I used the metal first aid box, I like the shelf for the camera already built in.
the Hoya UV filter for the lense cover. http://www.******.com $10 for box $5 for UV filter + $7 shipping =$22.

Camera Olympus D-370  - http://www.choiceonedigital.com $98 +  $14.43 shipping = $112.43

2 32 meg smart media cards http://www.tcwo.com $14 each + $4.95 shipping = $32.95

2 sets of 4 NiMH rechargeable batteries. http://www.thomas-distributing.com $21.94 + $5.97 shipping.  

As you know prices fluctuate you can probably find some of this stuff cheaper.

Tools you will need  - soldering iron - solder - a few small drill bits - hole saw and drill motor, silicone calking, glue- small phillips head screwdriver to take cam cover off with. I used #6 machine screws 1 1/4" for stand-offs to mount the board...some foam for the box, I got mine from the trash at work.  I used JB Weld for my UV filter it ain't never coming off or leak guaranteed. Camo green paint.


Pictures.  

http://community.webshots.com/album/45668490IJBxob  

Again, this is not intended to be step by step instructions just something to satisfy couriosity.

(Edited by LW at 10:27 pm on Aug. 2, 2002)
 



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I bought Radio Shack 23-033 battery charger with 4 ni-mh batteries for 22.99. The batteries are 1500mAh. Is this good ?
 

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RSB, you can probibly do better at Wal Mart. I would check them out next.
 

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RSB the ones I posted were 1840mAh NEXcell, my Wal-Mart only carried (4) 1600 for $12.95 , no charger. I don't  know the difference yet in battery life, I just put my cam in the woods this morning with 1450 mAh (out of the wifes cam shhhhh!!! ) mine won't be in till Monday.
 

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