The Time Machine has several ways to take pictures:
- By tripping the electric shutter release cable of your camera.
- By firing an electronic flash while your camera shutter is held open.
- By simulating the IR remote controls of many different cameras.
- With the Lanc protocol used in many movie cameras.
The Time Machine triggered this exposure
when the mother bird landed in the nest.
The Time Machine works equally well with film or digital cameras. Common cameras used are Nikon SLRs, Nikon Coolpix, Canon SLRs and Digital Rebel, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, and many others. If you want to know if the Time Machine will work with your camera, send us an email.
The Time Machine has a variety of programmable delay times that allow you to determine precisely when an exposure will be made in relation to the trigger event. It can time delays as short as ten microseconds or as long as 24 hours.
When used as an intervalometer, you can program The Time Machine to take exposures at specified intervals or at specified times, and exposures can be restricted to just daytime or night. It's internal 24 hour clock is calibrated to an accuracy of two or three seconds per week.
The Time Machine will run on its internal battery for a couple of days, or you can plug it into a larger capacity battery for field work or use it with the included AC adaptor.
The Time Machine has other modes that can be useful to the photographer. It can be configured to fire an electronic flash as a slave to the flash in your camera. It can be configured to ignore the pre-flash of digital cameras or the multiple flashes of red-eye reduction. It can measure the shutter speed of film cameras. It can measure the lag time between when the camera shutter is tripped and when a picture is taken, and it can measure the duration of an electronic flash in millionths of a second. It can even measure the lag time between when an electronic flash is triggered and when the light actually appears, in millionths of a second.