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I've recently developed an interest in homebrew cameras, and wanted to start a thread dedicated to homebrew information.

This thread is NOT intended as a place to argue the merits of homebrews vs. manufacturer cams - not that there's anything wrong with having those discussions, I'd just simply ask that you start a new thread for those "debates":).

I'm aware of a few sites online that sell supplies:

http://pixcontroller.com/

http://snapshotsniper.com/

http://hagshouse.com/

What other sites do you recommend for supplies?
 

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Some hunters pursue the homebrew option because they like the do it yourself element of putting everything together, etc.

Personally, I'm not much of a "do it yourselfer", and as a result I've decided to purchase some pre-assembled homebrew units. As part of that process I've spent some time seeking out individuals who assemble and sell homebrewed units.

I'm going to pass on to you what I've found so far. Let me emphasize that I'm not associated in any way with any of these individuals. These are not recommendations, but is simply info that I'm passing on as a courtesy to others who might be interested in this option.

My recommendation is that you do your own due diligence before doing business with any of these individuals. For example, if you buy an assembled homebrew unit directly from an individual, and then have a problem with it, the character of the person you purchased from is going to make a big difference in whether or not your problem is solved to your satisfaction. Now that I've provided the appropriate disclamers:D, here's who/what I've found so far.

Firstly, several of the previously listed supply companies sell pre-assembled units. Purchasing an assembled unit from them appears to the most expensive option.

Secondly, there are a number of individuals that I'm aware of that are selling pre-assembled homebrew cameras. I'm currently in the middle of a transaction with OutdoorBob from Tennessee. so I can't yet speak from personal experience regarding the whole process, but to date everything has went smoothly. I chose to go with him because he was highly recommended by several other gentlemen whose opinions I respect. Here's a thread that includes his contact info:

http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=229927&page=2#Post229927

Here's a link to another thread that offers contact info for several other men who are selling pre-assembled units. The individual with the screen name Mohican also is willing to provide just soldering help for those looking for assistance:

http://www.qdmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=9772

Maybe there are or eventually will be some members here on MS who have set up shop to sell homebrews.
 

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Good thread Jeff, thanks for the information. I've been amazed with the clarity of the pictures from some of the homebrews I've seen posted. It will be interesting to hear how you make out with this approach.
 

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ckhanna said:
so what are the monetary benifits of making one of these yourself as to buying one from the store?
Everything I've read seems to indicate that there is no comparison in performance - very distinct differences in trigger speed, flash range, etc.

I don't want this thread to become a debate between homebrew vs. manufacturer cams, but here's a link to a thread where some experienced users address the reasons "why":

http://www.qdmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=9264

Pricewise, the major variable in the cost of the homebrew is the cost of the camera. My understanding is that most do it yourselfers will spend between $175 to $275 dollars per unit. Buying them pre assembled from an individual or company seems to commonly run between $300-$450.
 

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rcdan-o said:
almost forgot, I bought all my Stealth cams for less than $120 each.

ANY home brew will cost you double that. Plain and simple.
:) - I think that beginning a new thread which compares and contrasts homebrews vs. manufactured cams would definitely be interesting and of value, but as I stated before the purpose of this thread is NOT to debate the merits of homebrews vs. manufactured cams.

I would like to keep this thread pure and dedicated just to information about homebrews.
 
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