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Meet Raspberry Pi Zero-Based Little Backup Box

Before my recent trip to Tokyo, I spent some time writing, debugging, and optimizing my Little Backup Box script that transforms a Raspberry Pi into a mobile backup device. A Raspberry Pi Model B 2 running the script served me well during

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Simple Photo Hack: Use a Vintage Optical Viewfinder with a Mirrorless Camera

Despite its age and budget status, my trusty SONY NEX-3N still serves me well. But the lack of an optical viewfinder (OVF) hasn’t become any less annoying with time. Although the camera has a decent display, it becomes pretty much unusable on

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Experimenting with the Particle Photon Board

As an amateur photographer with a proclivity for electronics, I like to experiment with hooking my trusty SONY NEX-3N to electronic DIY contraptions. Usually, my projects are based around Arduino and Raspberry Pi, but I never pass up the chance

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Raspberry Pi-Based Cable Shutter Release — Now with DIY Optocouplers

While a transistor-based cable shutter release does the job, it has one drawback. Grounding the camera to Raspberry Pi can cause the machine or the camera to have a negative ground. This might lead to a higher total voltage difference and could damage either of

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Build a Raspberry Pi-Based Cable Shutter Release for Sony Cameras

Replacing a simple and inexpensive remote cable release for your camera with Raspberry Pi may seem like a classic case of over-engineering, but using the tiny machine to control the camera opens up a whole new world of photographic opportunities. Using

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Restoring Letter Paint on Vintage Cameras

Brassing is one thing, chipped paint is another. The former gives your camera a classy vintage look, the latter makes the camera look ugly. Case in point, my recently acquired Nikkormat FTn. Most lettering and markings on the camera look

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Tamron 80-210mm f/3.8-4 Adaptall 2 (103A)

According to adaptall-2.org, this particular model was Tamron’s best selling lens throughout the early to mid 1980s due to its performance, price, and ergonomics. Because of its popularity, the lens is relatively cheap. I bought mine in mint condition (including the

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