Hardware shipped with your Netcam 2.1 Kit
Along with the Polycarbonate base and Polycarbonate Face Plate, your Netcam 2.1 kit will ship with the items above along with a cloth and a roll of plastic tape (watch the video). Included is a super clamp with modified ball/swivel head, cable tie wrap, two screws and two washers, crappy level, hex wrench, and a screw assembly for mounting the camera to the Netcam 2.1 box.
Suggested Photo Equipment
The best high end digital cameras for Netcam 2.1 use are ones with full frame sensors. This would include the Canon 5D, Canon Mark IIS, Canon Mark IIIS, Canon 1DX and the Nikon D3, D3X. D4, or D700.
Lenses that many pros prefer are the Canon 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, Nikon 16mm f/2.8 or the Sigma 10mm. With the Sigma 10mm, note that you will be unable to access the digital cards while the camera is firmly planted in Netcam 2.1. The lens is simply too long and this places the camera too close to the back of the Netcam. The Tamron 14mm f/2.8 is also an option and offers a rectilinear view instead of a fisheye view.
The Canon 8-15mm along with the Canon Mark IV and the Canon 1DX is a tough fit as you will need to pull the eye piece off the back of the camera, and move the camera all the way back against the base. In addition, our tests show that the lens works well when set on 12-13mm. Anything wider shows the edges of the glass and more importantly, extends the lens closer to the front glass. As it is at 12-13mm, the lens will probably rest on the front glass.
With this equipment you have enough real estate on the frame to allow for cropping, as it is difficult to aim the netcam with 100% accuracy.
This doesn't preclude you from using other cameras including those with magnification factors, and many photographers are successful using other combinations of camera bodies and lenses. There is a limited amount of space inside the box, so longer lenses may not fit.
ALSO NOTE that with full frame cameras and super wide or fisheye lenses you may experience slight vignetting in the corners of the frame.
As for triggering the camera, the preferred remote is the Pocket Wizard (www.pocketwizard.com). You should also invest in the Pocket Wizard (or other brand) pre-release cables which keep the camera "awake" similar to pressing the camera's shutter button half way. Pocket Wizard cables are for Canon (CM-N3-P) and for Nikon (N90M3-P). A cute little tidbit buried in the Pocket Wizard instructions mentions limited distance capabilities around "large bodies of water". Hmmmmm, sort of like 85'x200' frozen bodies of water. We suggest using the wizards on Long Distance Mode. This won't provide a confirmation on the transmitter, but your odds of hitting the receiver will be much greater.
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