June 2013 - Check out the StopShot Studio - a 12 channel computer controlled version of StopShot
April 2013, Capture insects in flight with our new portable Insect Rig.
January 2013 - Check out our new Water Valve Mounting Bracket for multiple colored collisions
December 2012 - Introducing the Shutter Support System. Completely portable high speed.
October 2012 - Check out our latest one of a kind product - the High Speed Shutter - finally you can capture insects in flight.
August 2012 - Take your StackShot into the field with our new Controller Carrier Also works great with StopShot.
February 2012 - See our new web page on creating Three Drop Collisions with StopShot.
January 2012 - Check out our latest sensor the RangeIR. Designed for birds and wildlife.
November 2011 - Power your StackShot or StopShot longer in the field with our new Li-Ion Battery Pack
Cognisys Insect Rig
Capture insects in flight! The insect rig offers a convenient platform for your entire high speed system. It will hold your Camera, flashes, high speed shutter and its controller, laser cross beam sensor set, Li-Ion battery pack and StopShot. Perfect for capturing bees hovering around a flower or insects you have attracted with lights.
The insect rig comes with built in and pre-wired switches for system power and camera shutter enable. These will be the only two switches you will need while out chasing insects. They are located where you would naturally grab the rig so they are easily activated with your thumb.
StopShot handles the control of the sensors, high speed shutter and timing of the camera shutter automatically. Aside from powering the system up no other button presses are necessary. Turn the camera and flashes on, flip the power switch, enable the shutter and you are armed and ready. Using the high speed shutter requires the camera shutter be held open while waiting for a trigger, since this uses up battery it is important to disable the shutter when not in use. The shutter switch on the insect rig make this very convenient.
The Insect Rig comes completely pre-wired. The harness routed through the rig contains the wiring for the sensors, flashes, power, high speed shutter, StopShot and the camera shutter. All of the cables are color coded for easy connection.
The entire rig is powered by our Li-Ion Battery Pack.
For complete instuctions on StopShot setup with the insect rig visit here.
Sliding Sensor Arms
As can be seen above the sensor arms of the insect rig are adjustable to allow for different subject working distances. For larger subjects you will want to increase the distance from the lens to the subject to allow for a larger field of view. For high magnification shots you will want the sensor plane closer to the lens.
The insect rig comes equipped with 1/4" - 20 tapped holes in the base so the system can be mounted to a tripod. This makes getting the insect rig placed around insect traps or flowers very easy. The image to the left shows the insect rig mounted to a tripod using a Wimberley P-5 Camera Body Plate. This plate is mounted to the base of the rig allowing to it be clamped to with any Arca Compatible clamp.
Mirrored Part Design
All of the threaded parts on the insect rig have been designed so they can be flipped upside down while still maintaining their function. Should thread damage occur to any threaded part it can be flipped upside down to use the threads on the other side. This includes the arms (for sensor attachment) and the threaded brackets used to mount the arms to the rig.
The insect rig includes mounting hardware to use either our standard laser transmitters or the Mini Laser Transmitters . The mini laser transmitters offer the advantage of being both smaller and lighter weight. They are also make sensor alignment easier as the transmitter and receiver can be moved completely independently of each other. Both transmitters use the same supplied 2.5mm cable.