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#3318992 - 08/11/13 09:29 AM Re: Need buying advice for new camera [Re: FIREMANJIM]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19470
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

Thanks, Jim. \:\)

Tell you something else I believe I'm correct about:

For the best quality pics and best lasting value for the money,
best bet is a "home-brew".

"Home-brews" are not going to be "cheap", but they're also not as expensive as a Reconyx. They do produce the absolute best quality images, and quality control is great, as they use REAL cameras within them (such as Sony) and their triggering mechanisms are very tried & proven (such as the SnapShotSniper triggers).

"Home-brews" are either made by yourself, or purchased from someone who would custom make them for you. They are the original trail cams which spawned the trail cam industry. As regular cameras (such as Sony) have improved quality and lowered prices, the rise in quality of "home-brews" has increased with them, along with lower prices.

I still have 10-yr-old homebrews that work, and have faster trigger speeds than most of the "commercially" made cams. Mine use Sony cameras. NONE of my commercial cams other than Reconyx have been as reliable.

The only issues with homebrews are higher initial cost than the "cheap" commercial cams, and the ability to make them using true invisible "black" flash. That said, I'd prefer a white flash homebrew over a red-flash so called infrared anything.

#3318996 - 08/11/13 09:34 AM Re: Need buying advice for new camera [Re: W.Seay]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19470
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

 Originally Posted By: W.Seay
You can't beat a dlc covert black 60 and its only $139 otd from custom1enterprise

Among the lower priced black-flash units, this one is getting quite a following. That is "the one" I'm currently testing, while I wouldn't give a nickel for most "name brand" commercial cams. By contrast, the daytime pics on this Covert Black 60 compete with a homebrew.

Not sure how "true" the black flash is or is not, but it's certainly not a "red" flash, and certainly a fraction the cost of a $550 Reconyx (which takes less quality pics).

I'll also put in a plug for Fireman Jim, as he's one of the people that custom makes "home-brews" and sells them to other users. You can make them yourself, but if you've never done it and just want to try one, much easier to just buy one already made by someone who know what they're doing.

#3319152 - 08/11/13 01:10 PM Re: Need buying advice for new camera [Re: redblood]

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 46480
Loc: Just North of Chatt-town


 Originally Posted By: redblood
tasco- tough, simple, cheap

I hope so...I have one of those 50 buck gems out right now. Takes nice clear pics during testing, just hope it lasts for a while .

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