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12-03-2019, 08:59 AM   #1
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Dedicated Time Lapse Camera

I have been shooting several 2000 frame time lapse recently, and while I have been happy with the result, I canít help but notice the effect it is having on my shutter count of both of my K1s. Do you guys have a dedicated camera for time lapse (for those of you who shoot a lot of time lapse)? Both of my cameras are still fairly new so there is only 10,000 frames on each, should I be concerned about increased shutter count at this early stage?


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QuoteOriginally posted by rml63 Quote
Do you guys have a dedicated camera for time lapse (for those of you who shoot a lot of time lapse)?
Sort of. I just got a body to run as a second astro body for wide shots were I don't want to recompose and can shoot in interval mode while I run the other body going deep. It is a K-500 with the failed aperture block which doesn't affect how I use it and for wide shots, star trails, time lapse, etc it should be good enough. As far as shutter count on a fairly young camera I would only be concerned if I planned on selling it used. I got a used K-3 a little less than 2 years ago. The shutter count was 2315 when I took possession of it, and now it is over 40,000 (I think it is at something like 46,??? maybe 48). I didn't buy it to have it sit on a shelf or to sell it at a later date, I bought it to use it and take pictures with it. When it wears out I will replace it. So ask yourself what you bought both your K-1s for?
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I've played around with different setups for a while. I just enjoy timelapses, nothing professional or anything.

I have tried using a GoPro (small, easy to pack and place wherever, good quality 4k timelapses, but limited focal length, really only good for ultrawide scenes.) I have tried using my smartphone with similar results (only worse with a Google pixel who scales down their timelapses. Have to use third-party apps to get 4k). I use my K-1 for timelapses rarely with the same concern as you, with the exception that I will use it for astro timelapses for the quality differences there. I have recently picked up some K-mount crop bodies that I could use for timelapses on the side, and that's my next try. It'll be more to pack and set up, but they will be more flexible and better quality if I wanted to do something other than daytime wide angle landscape timelapses.

Once again, all just for fun. If I was on a mission to get particular timelapses with the best quality, I would probably still go with the K-1. Like those photographers I admire who do those storm timelapses. Those are cool.
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Depends on your use case but if all you want is fairly simple time lapses take a look at the Brinno cameras. They are basically construction site cameras but will run for up to 30 days depending on how you program it. Resolution is not up to DSLR standard of course but they can be useful if your project is something that takes multiple days or longer.

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Many cheap GoPro clone has time lapse
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prolly the past year or so my K-r has only been used for time lapse namely star trails...…

the file size makes it much easier to deal with through the whole process

lessens the shutter count on other bodies besides usually using the k-3ii or k-1 with the astrotracer for milk way or other static objects in the sky
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I know what you mean about running the shutter count up on your camera body. I've found that on the K1, it has a capability to use the electronic shutter, which for each sequence just has a single physical activation. The feature was added with a firmware upgrade, so it's not really addressed in the manual. It's available in LiveView and Pixel Shift uses it too.

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