Remember when???

Discussion in 'Trail Cameras' started by j-bird, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. j-bird

    j-bird Well-Known Member

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    So Native posted a pic of an old computer program from 1990 with a 5" floppy disk and it got me to thinking about my first trail cam...I'm thinking this is roughly mid 90's. I figure some of you guys have some older than this...

    35mm film...had to be taken to the local Kroger or CVS for development.... Took a "lantern" battery and D cells to power it... They HATED the cold. Huge white flash in the dark... About the size of a car battery!

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  2. Baker

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    I don't have pics, but the first trail cam I had required a transmitter shooting a beam to a receiver on another tree. Breaking the beam triggered the pic. Film of course.
     
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    My first one was not that old but it did use 35 mm film. It took one picture, locked up and never worked again.

    I quit on trail cams until a few years later when my second cam was a Reconyx. It and others like it are still getting the job done.
     
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    My first one must've been invented by Eveready as it was hungrier than a coyote in midwinter. It ate lantern batteries at a prodigious rate, especially in cold weather. I almost burned up my pickup truck while bumping out to put a fresh lantern battery in the camera and my house keys shorted out the coil spring terminals on the lantern battery.
     
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    (My first one was not that old but it did use 35 mm film) Ha ha good one! My first tractor wasn't that old, but it did have a hand crank on the front above the tricycle wheels.
     
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    My first one was 35mm. I was so excited to get that first roll developed only to end up with 24 photos of my dad collecting firewood. :)
     
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    I remember picking up the photos was like when you got a new pack of baseball cards as a kid... You wanted to see antlers SO bad, but often was pictures of birds, squirrels and the occasional doe and lots of blurry or over-exposed pics as well. Funny how now my one browning will fit inside of the one pictured and runs for months on 8 "AA" batteries and records video all on a little card (no I have not stepped up to cell cams yet). The other one seemed to go thru batteries in a month and you ran out of film, or you got a bunch of pictures of a limb blowing in the wind! The one good thing was that it was hard to loose a cam back then...because they was so huge!
     
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    I've heard....because I can't be that old, that there was a trail monitor involving a timer connected to a string across a deer trail that triggered the time when whatever deer happened to pass by first obviously. Hard to determine age and antler score with that thing. Thank goodness I have no pics.
     
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    I remember seeing those in catalogs....I never used one. I think they called them "trail timer" I didn't get into deer hunting until the mid 90's....
     
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    My avatar pic is off of my old style "home brew" cam. Canon Owl 35 mm, Radio Shack burglar alarm PIR, Pelican case, 2 switches on the side. 2 AA for the cam, 9V for the rest; My biggest 'success' was convincing the girl at the Wal-Mart photo camera to just charge me for the pics that I wanted to keep. Learned not to mount the cam aimed at a leaning tree (squirrel highway) or raccoon habitat. They'd eat up a roll of film in a heartbeat. I must have soldered up 2 or 3 dozen of them for family and friends. Have kept one(not operational) for old times sake. There was a very active camera forum back then whose name I've long since forgotten. Really good helpful people.
     
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    And the direction of the string lying on the ground after it had been pulled out of the timer told you which way the "deer" was traveling.
     
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    Or picking between 24 and 36 pictures
     

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