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Parts and code for the XYZ rail for Z-stacks, macro panoramas and gigapixel macro

The STL files and code for the control box of the XYZ macro rail described in my blog are now available at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5146275 and https://github.com/pgmobbs/Gigapixel-MPFR. I would reiterate that I cannot help further. It is a fairly advanced project requiring … Continue reading

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A Mostly Printed Focus Rail: The Gigapixel Project – Part 3

Well, times are weird but its good to have something to take one’s mind off all the terrible events in the outside world and this project is one of those things. I am posting this short update because the ‘Gigapixel … Continue reading

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A Mostly Printed Focus Rail: The Gigapixel Project – Part 2

Well, a certain number of things have come together while some others haven’t. I am waiting for an 8mm lead-screw with a 2mm lead to replace the current Z axis. This was ordered from China a little while ago but … Continue reading

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A Mostly Printed Focus Rail – Part 1

A long time ago now, I created a stepping motor-powered focus rail. It worked quite well but the parts were created in 10mm aluminium on my Sieg milling machine. Obviously, making such a thing is out of the reach of … Continue reading

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Control box for a focus rail, and other stepping motor-driven camera moving devices. The program.

With some reluctance, I have decided to upload the Arduino code that I use to drive the new electronics that I use with my focus rail. As I said in the previous post, it can be used with up to … Continue reading

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New control box for a focus rail with many other options

I have now completed the new control box for the focus rail that I described how to build in a post I made a year or two ago. Actually, the new control box is capable of a great deal more … Continue reading

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Focus stacking – lessons learnt

I think I am beginning to get the measure of the Nikon R1C1 speed-light commander kit/SB-R200 speed-lights, SB-R200 speed-lights, CombineZP and my home-built focus rail. The first lesson I learnt was that the R1C1 kit is fantastically capable. Set to … Continue reading

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First Outputs from Focusing Rail

Today I took my first images with the focusing rail I described earlier. I hadn’t really expected anything too great. I used CombineZP to produce the images. This software is free but it seems very capable. It may take me … Continue reading

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An Arduino-Controlled Focus Rail

 An Arduino-Controlled Focus Rail (Edit 22/03/15 – see below for sizes of the metal plates and further constructional details) Focus stacking is a process by which a stack of photographs taken at different levels of focus are combined to generate … Continue reading

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