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Camera suggestions for time lapse?

 
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Sep 10, 2017 16:32 |  #1

I have a 5D3 and have been playing with time lapse a bit lately. These are just short clips but I can see how longer ones will eat up the shutter life in a hurry. So what do more serious time-lapsers do? Suck it up and burn through a $3500 camera's shutter in a few months? Buy gently used xxD series cameras for cheap and run them into the ground?

What about a mirrorless camera and electronic shutter? Obviously they would need external power because the battery life is pretty poor. Is rolling shutter an issue in time lapse?

Does the EOS-M have an electronic shutter mode? That would mean being able to use all of my Canon glass easily.




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Sep 13, 2017 18:09 |  #2

I don't know what most time-lapsers do, but a mirrorless with electronic shutter will cure your shutter life worries.

Rolling shutter is generally only an issue when panning quickly; any panning during a timelapse will generally be extremely slow, so it shouldn't be an issue.

Can't answer the EOS-M question, but most mirrorless cameras have EF adapters available, so don't feel bound to Canon's offering.




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Sep 15, 2017 19:17 |  #3

What do you mean by "electronic shutter"?

Mirrorless is popular, perhaps get one and a Canon to whatever adapter.

I've put about 10k on my 6D so far this year from time lapses.


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Sep 15, 2017 20:01 |  #4

imsellingmyfoot wrote in post #18453220 (external link)
What do you mean by "electronic shutter"?

Mirrorless is popular, perhaps get one and a Canon to whatever adapter.

I've put about 10k on my 6D so far this year from time lapses.

An electronic shutter means there's no moving parts when an image is captured. I had a Fuji XT-1 and it gave the choice of using the mechanical shutter or the electronic one which was totally silent.




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Sep 15, 2017 20:22 as a reply to mike_d's post |  #5

Thanks - I didn't realize that some mirrorless cameras still have a mechanical shutter across the sensor. I thought they were purely electronic.


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imsellingmyfoot wrote in post #18453249 (external link)
Thanks - I didn't realize that some mirrorless cameras still have a mechanical shutter across the sensor. I thought they were purely electronic.

As far as I know, they all have mechanical shutters or they'd be incapable of stopping fast moving objects without distortion. I've been Googling and it seems that some mirrorless have limitations like only being able to use electronic shutter over certain shutter speeds. I think one of the Canon EOS-M cameras I read about only has a partial electronic shutter, using the physical shutter to either begin or end the exposure (can't remember which).

I hadn't thought about adapting Canon lenses to mirrorless when I first posted but I've been looking into it. I never realized the Metabones adapters were so expensive. I wouldn't need auto-focus but aperture control is a must.




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