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Vince DeStefano’s Design For PAP with A Canon 40D

January 18th, 2008

Just after my post this last week on Paul Deines Pole Aerial Photography (PAP) rig I was thinking about what production DSLR would make a good PAP camera. The Canon 40D immediately came to mind because I’d heard good things about it and most of all it has a LiveView LCD screen. That is, if you want, you can see the image that’s on the digital sensor on it’s large rear LCD. (here’s a video on  the 40D) What is more, you can connect it to a laptop with a USB cable and see the image displayed on the LCD screen and control it from the laptop.

I realized that PFRE contributor and real estate photography Vince DeSetano, in Dingley, AU has a 40D and is an experienced PAP shooter (see the post on his big car mounted PAP rig) so I decided to see what Vince thought about the 40D as a PAP camera.

Vince posted his answer in a comment on the last post but it’s important enough to re-post it here. Vince says:

 

I’m going to build a small rig for my 40d as sometimes there is a need for a slightly elevated shot and I don;t always have my big banger pole on the car!

Im going to use a small fiberglass telescopic pole to get to about 3 meters.

For about $140 bucks and what ever a pole will cost you, You can rig up a simple aerial system for you Canon 40D.

Plug a video sender into your cameras TV out, add the receiver to a LCD screen and trigger your shutter using an ebay wireless shutter release (these are the best, every one should get one!)

Strap all this gear to a painters pole and you have a simple and cheap system to go that little bit higher! Turn your 40d onto live view and you will see what the camera sees!

You can even do away with the LCD screen if your on a real budget!

See the links below…

Video sender – $50 shipped

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2-4GHz-Wireless-Video-Audio-Sender-Transmitter-Receiver_W0QQitemZ160199114478QQihZ006QQcategoryZ39835QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

LCD Screen – $60 shipped

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2-5-TFT-COLOR-PORTABLE-LCD-MONITOR-TV_W0QQitemZ350015118731QQihZ022QQcategoryZ32826QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Wireless Shutter Release $30 shipped (I have one of these, Its the best $30 bucks I ever spent!)

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Wireless-Remote-Shutter-C1-for-Canon-350D-400D-300D-R7D_W0QQitemZ130190043627QQihZ003QQcategoryZ150690QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

My first question to Vince was, “why didn’t you use the USB cable to a laptop instead of the design above?” Vince pointed out that shooting tethered to a laptop is quite a shooting restriction. When shooting, you really want to be able to move freely around. The design above allows you to do that.

I think Vince’s design above is an inexpensive way to get the 40D up in the air. Other readers suggested options for poles on the previous PAP post.

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  • Question: How do you power up the sender and the tft? You have a small ups attached to the base of the pole?

  • I must show you my ricoh GX100 with the small 2.4Ghz video transmission I set up. Soon.

  • You can power it up using some new Li-po batterys as used in model aircrafts and cars, They are really cheap on ebay and give lot of power for a short time. Most of the chargers will work on you car cigarette lighter socket to.

    The screens only need about 11-12v to work and the video sender and reciver have their own power source as does the wireless shutter release.

  • Bugga – they don’t have a wireless shutter (in that new design) for the D70 (I asked).

  • I like the look of this screen – 7″ and can be powered by AA’s. The mounting bag (for suspending from back of car seat) looks like it could be adapted for PAP. The screens only come as a pair though

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=110214778671&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:PIC&ih=001

  • Marc,

    How is the video transmitted from the camera to the wireless LCD monitor? When I looked up the info for the RC820 it has it’s own transmitter but from your picture I do not see it. Can you provide more info on your rig?

    Thanks

  • I recently got the Canon 40D and the WFT-E3A wifi adapter (expensive!) so that I can start doing some PAP in the spring (probably with a mast mounted to my truck)

    Since I also do some studio photography I felt the wifi adapter was worthwhile because I can view my shots on a laptop right away. I was researching a ZigView but it was about $400 or so and for the additional $350 I could get full control of my camera instead of just a preview window.

    The WFT-E3A will let you control all camera functions (zoom, focus, etc) as well as show you the live preview (it seemed like it was about 10 fps over wifi which is understandble, I’m sure it’s faster over an ethernet connection)

    I can also tether a gps to the adapter and geocode into my images, which is very handy for walking around on property and knowing exactly where a shot was taken.

    Yes, this can be done with a non tethered gps by just geocoding the data later via software like RoboGeo if you wanted to go the cheaper route.

    The new Canon Rebel XSi has live preview (but no wifi capabilities) so if you wanted to run a long cable off the camera, you no longer need to mount a small video cam on the eyepiece.

  • ray, I connect a little wireless video transmitter to the camera powered by a 9V battery, explaining the cable mess.

  • I haven’t had the budget to complete my PAP yet, but I have an idea to replace the LCD display.
    There are some reasonably priced video glasses that will project an image in your field of view and
    also allow you to see your surroundings. When I can afford a pair, I will try them with the video out on my
    camera. I am hoping that the picture in the glasses will be bright enough to see in the daylight.

    My concern with a LCD display is that it might be difficult to see or will be washed out on a sunny
    day.

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