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Postby cornishstrober » Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:27 am

I'm not really knowledgable/experienced in the world of micro electronics to take any sort of a leading role in this project, I am keen to "play along" by doing some sideline development and to use it as a learning experience.

To that end I thought it would be good to list some stockists of for the sort of stuff we might want to use so people like me can join in. and of course being in blighty, i figured a UK centric stockist list would be of use in avoiding postage charges, import tax and potentially illegal radio frequencies.

Please keep your contributions to this list to the UK or euroland/international stockists with a UK friendly shipping policy

Micro Chips

http://www.picaxe.co.uk

http://www.tech-supplies.co.uk

I have played with pic chips before from this place and can recomend them for service and ease of use, they come with the PICAXE bootstrap but there are plenty of other alternative out there, Arduino??

I bought myself the "Experimenter board" which comes with all sorts of ready to use inputs, outputs and a breadboard: http://194.201.138.187/epages/Store.storefront/?ObjectPath=/Shops/Store.TechSupplies/Products/AXE090

I've also ordered a "Xbee Connect starter pack", which provides two units for receiving and transmitting between.:
http://194.201.138.187/epages/Store.storefront/?ObjectPath=/Shops/Store.TechSupplies/Products/XBE010
I ordered it with the intention of playing with remote sensors etc but it could come in jolly useful for this project.






General Electronics

http://www.maplins.co.uk

http://www.tech-supplies.co.uk they do general pic related stuff too, most components an amateur like me would need.






PS, I'm not on commision, I promise!!
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Postby JonSenior » Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:59 pm

I'm no longer UK based, but have carried out projects there before.

Other possibilities are:

RS - a bit pricey sometimes, but reliable and comprehensive
CPC - Now a part of Farnell, but still slightly more hobby oriented.

There are various suppliers of PIC / Atmel stuff around. Don't forget the wonders of the "demonstration sample". I have 3 awesomely powerful DSPs and associated FIFOs that Texas Instruments sent me for free. Now if only I had some way to solder the buggers onto a circuit board!
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Postby Chris » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:20 pm

Does anyone know where flash hot-shoe connectors can be bought? Having things hot-shoe mounted would be a whole lot more convenient, especially for mounting the transmitter on the camera, and for Canon strobe users who have no PC cord connection on the flash unit.
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Postby cornishstrober » Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:15 pm

I'm haciking apart an old dead sunpak flash for hot shoe mounts!!

Not pretty but good enough for my experimenting
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Postby strogg » Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:37 pm

cornishstrober wrote:I'm haciking apart an old dead sunpak flash for hot shoe mounts!!

In a related note, should we have a page on the wiki that is required reading for issues regarding high voltages and handling capacitors?
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Postby JonSenior » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:20 am

I run on a live and let-people-do-stupid things policy, but I think it probably wouldn't hurt to mention it somewhere. Perhaps a general reminder on the front page. We don't really cover flash modding, so it's hard to think of where it might go.

http://camerashop.in/camera-partsnew-flash-foot-shoes-c-34_165_76.html?osCsid=ae0ba813e3d91a0ea1ad7d9a19727dfc

is a source of flash feet for those that are looking.

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