Fuji S200EXR shutter release self build

Saturday 10 July 2010 at 6:51 pm
circuit diagram

I built a shutter release switch for my Fuji S200EXR out of an old mouse.  This is the circuit diagram.  The idea came from this website www.trafficshaper.com, where there’s a view of the inside of the RR-80.  As it’s only 3 resistors and a couple of switches it was pretty straightforward to build, although it’s impossible to find a 2-stage shutter button switch without actually dismantling a camera!

The other difficult bit is getting the Mini-B USB plug.  I got mine as a solderable one from Maplin, but it only connects to the standard 4 USB pins.  The 5th pin is what’s required here, so I had to modify the plug, too.

So on my otherwise standard-looking mouse left-click is focus, right-click is shoot.  More details and pictures available if anyone’s interested.  Here’s a pic of it in action to take a self-portrait with some burly bikers!

The next plan is to build in a timer circuit so I can do unattended time-lapse photography.  Watch this space, probably won’t happen for months!

My DC logo

Saturday 16 January 2010 at 7:08 pm

 This is my original DC logo, dating from 1978 and my first art lesson at secondary school – we had to design a logo for our folders, and as I was only 8 and had no idea about anything, my art teacher (Mr Robinson) had to design it for me. In those days, of course, it was records. Then much later in life when I got into music & computers, it became CDs. Fascinating(!)

My heiroglyph logo

Saturday 16 January 2010 at 7:05 pm

 The heiroglyph logo is (I hope) a representation of my name. If you're a proper Egyptologist, please feel free to correct me... Years ago I got bought a copy of a book of heiroglyphs, complete with rubber stamps to make your own cartouche. Anyway according to the book the heiroglyphs are phonetic, the hand represents 'D', the vulture a long vowel sound, wavy water line thing 'N', reed leaf is a short vowel or 'Y' sound, and apparently the open mouth is kind of like an 'R', as there's no 'L' sound. God this is dull. Like I said if you really do know about this stuff, let me know. I hope it's right, cos I have it tattooed on my arm...!

My fascination with Ancient Egyptian stuff came about when I found an almost-mint copy of E.A. Wallis Budge's Book of the Dead, left lying in a puddle near the post box on my way to school. I don't begin to understand most of it, but I love the pictures!

Samson in the national press

Friday 08 May 2009 at 8:19 pm

Samson is mentioned (ok, not directly, but it is him – paragraph 7) here:

Biiiig Face

Wednesday 25 March 2009 at 11:16 am

Harry Hill Big Face

This makes me laugh till I’m sick. Every time.

Cat pics

Thursday 29 January 2009 at 9:12 pm

Two comments

Tom Jones-inspired dwarves.

Tuesday 27 January 2009 at 3:43 pm

Tom Jones is a bit odd. Here is a list of 7 words which could also be names of dwarves. That is all.


Samson Settles in.

Saturday 24 January 2009 at 8:53 pm

Proof that the settling-in process is going well - here's the whole gang on the sofa.
Key: (1) Daisy. (2) Ellie. (3) Rosie. (4) Samson. (5) Mum. (6) Dad.
Considering that 6 days ago he hated everyone and attacked the dog it's pretty good progress. Mind you, as I write this Daisy has frightened herself and r‑u‑n‑n‑o‑f‑t. My legs ache.
Here's another one, courtesy of a cameraphone and a bit of panorama stitching