Hello,this part is talk adout camera, right? But I'm not sure my topic if suit, thank you. The backgroung for question: I'm a total electronics n00b set out to create an intervalometer for my Canon EOS 350D camera which seemed super simple from the outset, but I got a bit blocked with creating a switch using a transistor.
I don't fully understand the inner workings of the transistor and got lost with things like having to saturate it, using a shorting resistor, calculating voltage / current / resistance, etc to get the whole thing to act as a binary switch.
The camera circuit I want to switch is super simple and low powered (each switch carries about 0.5 mA at 3.3 volts):
(Source: http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/dsl ... lease.html )
For now I only want to get the expose bit working as it seems I'll only need to duplicate that for focus.
For the controlling circuit I want to use an IOIO board, which is very similar to an Arduino being a programmable controller with a variety of I/O pins to interface with whatever you throw at it.
I have a bunch of P2N2222A transistors which even with my limited knowledge seem to be usable for this purpose and a resistor kit with 20 values, but I'm not really sure how to combine them or if I need to get diodes too to get this working.
So far I tried connecting the Canon circuit to the Collector and Emitter legs of the transistor and then connecting to the Base the 5V pin from a battery through a 2.2K resistor (which the transistor came with) hoping that it will just work, but nothing happened At the moment I'm trying to get it working without the IOIO just to simplify things and to not fry it if I do something wrong
I got the idea from this diagram by the way:
( Source: http://www.mayothi.com/transistors.html )
It seems strange to me though that the controlling circuit is not really a circuit just a one way thing, and reading about shorting resistors on other pages I guess I'd need to connect the grounds together somehow and use a higher resistance resistor in it? Or maybe even a diode?
What kind of resistors do I need to use in this Canon remote switch, if it is possible at all with the P2N2222A transist
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