Timelapse- Hong Kong Intervalometer w/ Canon T2i

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a timelapse for a while now.  Last week I finally took the leap and ordered a knockoff intervalometer from ebay seller ADPLO.  Shipping from Hong Kong took 7 days to reach Texas, and last night I was able to give it a test run.  I set up the camera with the above settings, hit start and hoped for the best.  When I got home, I followed @adamontherun’sHow to Timelapse” tutorial.  First, I brought all of my stills into Windows Live Movie Maker (Windows 7), created a new .wmv movie with a duration of .10 seconds and exported.  I then imported into Premiere Pro CS5, where I added my fade in/out and titles, and finally, exported in mp4 format.  **UPDATE – I now use Quicktime Pro to create the Timelapse sequence, then bring into Premiere Pro.

Video Details:
Canon T2i/550D
Canon 50mm 1.4 lens
Aperture 2.8
ISO 100
300 Stills
2 second intervals

Intervalometer Details:
Make:
Meike Digital
Model: TC-80
Purchased from:eBay
Seller: ADPLO
Link:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290437528195
Cost: $20.00
Product Description:Timer Remote Controller TC-80 is a remote switch with the following timer control and exposure count control functions. It is very useful for time-lapse photography of blooming flowers, astrophotography,etc.
-Self-timer
-Interval timer
-Long exposure timer
-Exposure count control
-Remote switch function
Suitable for:
-Canon 550D / 500D / 1000D / 450D / 400D / 350D / 300D,
-Pentax K20D / K200D / K10D / K100D,
-Samsung GX-20 / GX-10

So far the knock off Intervalometer has been working as expected.  Being a complete newb to these types of devices, I found it very easy to use!  Took about 10 seconds to figure out where to add my interval and the number of images I wanted to take, and I was off to the races.  One bummer is there is no on/off switch, so the batteries must be removed each time in order to preserve.  However, one thing I do like is there is a backlight, which was especially handy when creating the timelapse in the dark last night.

For more tips and tricks when trying timelapse,  head on over to jonnionhd.com.  Our friend, Jonni from Germany, has some very helpful info on timelapse techniques as well as reviews on accessories for your T2i/550D.  Check him out!

Well I hope this helps someone, if you have any questions feel free to use the “leave a comment” link below.
Thanks!
Rod

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One response on “Timelapse- Hong Kong Intervalometer w/ Canon T2i

  1. Hi Rod,

    Thanks for posting your settings for this clip. I just got this same intervalometer. What was your shutter speed for this clip?

    Thanks!

  2. By shutter speed, I guess I mean how long was it open for, 1 second, 2 etc?

  3. Rod says:

    Hi Marshall, the intervalometer was set to take a pic every two seconds. Hope this helps. -Rod

  4. Marshall Baker says:

    Yep, I’m still playing around with mine. It’s all trial and error at this point, but super fun.

  5. Sean says:

    Just bought that intervalometer and am looking forward to trying out some time lapse photography.

  6. Rod says:

    Sean,
    Thanks for stopping by! Shooting a time-lapse can be quite enjoyable. Take a chair, your favorite drink, turn on the camera, sit back and let it do it’s thing. :)

    Are you shooting with a T2i? If so, Magic Lantern just came out with a firmware update that has a built-in intervalometer. Meaning, no additional device needed. I have installed it, but have not used this feature yet. Just something to keep in mind for those without the additional hardware.

    http://philhoyt.com/magic-lantern-for-550d-t2i

  7. Sean says:

    Rod,
    Yeah I’m using the Kiss X4 – but the warning about being pre alpha software and bricking your camera scared me off of using magic lantern so I figured $20 but a piece of hardware is worth piece of mind.

  8. william says:

    will the intervalometer work for the T4i rebel>????

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