A photographer called photoopa has built a sills rig that has me thinking about some moving macro madness… I think adapting it for Video is feasible, now just to find a client who wants us to focus really really close?
and heres how:
Camera Nikon D300.
Manual bulb mode limited at 60 sec to avoid noise.
Camera set at 14 bit resolution, RAW mode.
Macro lens, AF105/2.8D set at F16 or F22 manual on the lens (camera can’t drive this due to the external shutter).
Burst mode set at 2.5 pictures/sec if detection stay active and I hold the start button down.
SB-29-S flash manual at 1/32 power, both sides active.
SB-80-DX flashes at 1/64 power, but level can change over 6 steps (1/3 EV steps) via knob on the frame.
Balance set neutral or +3B-3 to -2B+2 in 6 steps.
Max IR detection delay 120 usec (0.12 msec).
Detection lens: AF60/2.8D macro.
Photodiode BPW41N with integrated band filter.
Detection controller: AVR Attiny45.
2 IR lasers pulsed 980nm 20 mW at 30 us ON,30us OFF.
Central controller: MAX II CPLD board Terasic, current 150 mA.
2 Visible 10mW green lasers to align the D300 camera, pointed to the same virtual focus point.
External shutter pulse duration: 3.0 msec.
External shutter voltage start at 70V, end at 56 V (due to the capacity tank).
AVR Attiny26 controller to control this 70V shutter voltage and monitor the battery voltage.
External shutter lag 3.3 msec.
Flash delay set at 3.5 msec (200 usec later, to be sure the shutter is always full open).
When external shutter is open all lasers are disabled (not to be visible on the picture).
Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2011/05/24/fotoopas-unbelievable-custom-rig-for-capturing-insects-in-flight.aspx/#ixzz1NM8DEkfM