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Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby eastTN270 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:16 pm

I’ve got a couple and wanted to see if anyone still worked on them or made them.


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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby gtk » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:11 am

I think the prices have dropped so much, its easier to buy than build now .. i still have a couple of the film camera's i made,, that i saved. And i probably have 6-7 digital homebrews made with the sony P32/P41 cameras, that are stuck in a closet somewhere.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby PickettSFHunter » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:08 pm

I still have a pile I built but it seems to me that prices and reliability has improved enough in the commercial world that they aren’t worth building anymore.


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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby TheAirMan » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:41 pm

PickettSFHunter wrote:I still have a pile I built but it seems to me that prices and reliability has improved enough in the commercial world that they aren’t worth building anymore.


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This. I'm done building unless something changes. I might repair some of the ones I've made if they quit but if I need a new camera, I'll just buy a commercial now.

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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby fritoman » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:43 pm

Who was the guy on here that built them? Bob?

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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby ttf909 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:04 pm

fireman jim seems to ring a bell about homebrew builder. from around winchester.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby mossyoakmantn » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:17 pm

ive got some cameras im getting rid of for parts.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby Andy S. » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:43 am

fritoman wrote:Who was the guy on here that built them? Bob?
Yes, in the very early days of TnD.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby Andy S. » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:45 am

ttf909 wrote:fireman jim seems to ring a bell about homebrew builder. from around winchester.
Correct, this used to be his website, but is no longer is active.

http://www.jtswildlifecameras.com/
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby Andy S. » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:49 am

I sold all of my homebrews and components in 2015. If I were selling today, I would list them on chasingame.com and see if someone is interested.

http://www.chasingame.com/forum/viewfor ... 5a6b3b3e2b
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby fritoman » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:57 pm

Andy S. wrote:
fritoman wrote:Who was the guy on here that built them? Bob?
Yes, in the very early days of TnD.
Outdoor bob?

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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby Andy S. » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:00 pm

fritoman wrote:
Andy S. wrote:
fritoman wrote:Who was the guy on here that built them? Bob?
Yes, in the very early days of TnD.
Outdoor bob?
Yes. Had UT orange Power T emblem for his handle image.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby gtk » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:06 pm

Ya'll got me reminiscing...

If I remember correctly, the "homebrew" camera design pretty much started here with the sony ?sureshot? 35mm and a walmart motion sensor ..

I don't remember what happened, but after months and months of working on them, things began to branch out.. I remember folks went to hagshouse.com and jesseshuntingpage.com and elsewhere..
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby elknturkey » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:29 pm

Wow didn't realize there were some homebrewers on here. I've got prob 15 or so left but don't hardly run them anymore. P32, P41, S600, W55, even some Fuji and Nikon's. Commercial cams probably still aren't as reliable, outside of reconyx, but they've improved a lot since hitting the market. Plus I run mostly video anymore.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby Crow Terminator » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:30 am

I bought one of the homebrews from someone that made them on here years ago...probably 11 or 12 years ago. The camera inside was a Sony 2 or 3 megapixel flash camera. That camera worked better than all the commercial bought cameras I've had up til this year. It had a great sensor range and nothing got by it. I put it side by side of a Primos camera and got 3 to 1 pictures of deer that the Primos never triggered on. The only downside to it was the modern cameras had better resolution to them. The homebrew quit working just this year and I bought some high reviewed Browning cameras that work pretty good. I'm not too keen on the night time pictures from them but the day time ones are great.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby eastTN270 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:28 am

I've got 2. One I think still works, but the other one needs a new camera. They are the IR (red flash) and I feel like they spook deer. If anyone still worked on them I was gonna see if they could convert them back to white flash and put a camera in the one. And I was just curious if anyone still ran them.
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Re: Anyone still mess with Homebrew Trail cameras?

Postby elknturkey » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:59 am

Hard to convert back unless you have the glass that came out of it. They're calibrated at the factory and using a glass out of a diff cam usually led to blurry photos. Or if they scraped the coating off the original glass to convert it to IR then pretty much no going back
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