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MK Controls Lightning
Bug Camera Lightning Trigger

Features Bundles

Product Description:

The Lightning Bug comes with one free cable of your choice. Please pick correct package or email us with information about which camera you have. Please note it mght take up to 2 weeks to fullfill your order.

The Lightning Bug is based upon the science of lightning. There are two components of lightning; the bright white flash everyone wants to capture and the unseen infrared light that always precedes it. The Lightning Bug uses a high-speed photodiode sensor optimized to the infrared burst that occurs just before a lightning strike. This infrared light comes from the vaporization of air and particles in the air. The Lightning Bug acts as a lookout for your camera, watching for a change in infrared light. When a significant change of infra-red light over a very short period of time is detected, it directs the camera shutter to trip and capture the lightning in action.

Being photographers first and an engineering company second, we give you the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the Lightning Bug. The exclusive sensitivity adjustment circuitry allows the photographer to customize the Lightning Bug's operation to any shooting situation. This gives the photographer full control over when to take the picture. If you only wanted to capture the brightest and boldest lightning bolts you would decrease the sensitivity. Or if you wanted to capture lightning over the city or mountains from a long distance, you would increase the sensitivity. Only the Lightning Bug gives you this level of control.

While others in the field point to the simplicity of their unit's ability to automatically 'adjust' for all conditions, we are of the mindset that the user knows better than our device ever could. At MK Controls we believe that you, the photographer, should be able to make the decision about an image. That is why we include features that put you in control for less money.

We also include premium features not found in simpler lightning detectors on the market. The Lightning Bug allows the user to limit the number of possible exposures per second to between 1 and 10. This feature allows you to capture repeated lightning strikes successfully

When trying to capture weather events, your photography gear can get wet, we've designed the Lightning Bug to withstand exposure to rain. The design incorporates weather resistant soft touch buttons.

A PC port is included on the hot shoe mount. This allows the use of external flash units to be used as fill flash. When the Lightning Bug senses a strike, the shutter is released, the camera will then fire the attached flash when it captures the image. The possibilities of using fill flash with the Lightning Bug are endless.

The Lightning Bug – Engineered for your imagination.

This picture was taken by Michael Leonard at 1/8 of a second at F/4 at 100 ISO using Canon 5D Mark II with a 24 – 105mm L series lens on a tripod. Lightning Bug was used to capture this.

Cable #221 - Nikon 10-pin Plug

Additional interface cable for:

Nikon: D100, D200, D300, D300s, D500, D700, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D810E, D1, D1X, D1H, D2H, D2X, D2XS, D3, D3s, D3X, D4, D4S, D5, F6, F5, F100, F90, F90X


Fujifilm: S3-Pro, S5-Pro

Cable #218 - Canon N3 Plug

Additional interface cable for 10D, 20D, 20Da, 30D, 40D, 50D, 5D, 5D MK II, 5D MK III, 5DR, 5DS, 6D, 7D, 7D MK II, D30, D60, 1D, 1DC, 1DX, 1D MK II, 1D MK II N, 1D MK III, 1D MK IV, 1Ds, 1Ds MK II, 1Ds MK III, 1Dx MK II, 1v, 1v HS, EOS 3

Cable #210 - Canon E3 / Pentax SubMiniPhone Plug

Additional interface cable for:

Canon: 60D, 70D, 80D, 100D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 1000D, 1100D, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, Elan 7/7E, Elan 7NE, Elan II/IIE, IX Lite, Rebel 2000, Rebel GII, Rebel SL1, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2, Rebel T2i, Rebel T3, Rebel T3i, Rebel T4i, Rebel T5, Rebel T5i, Rebel T6i, Rebel Ti, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi, SX50 HS

Pentax: K10D, K100D, K110D, K100D Super, D20D, K200D, K3, K3-II, K30, K5, K5-II, K5-IIS, K50, K500, 645D, 645Z, K7, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist DL2, *ist DS, *ist DS2, MZ-6, MZ-L, ZX-L

Fujifilm: X-E1, X-E2, X-T1

Cable #234 - Nikon DC1 Plug

Additional interface cable for: D80

Cable #232 - Olympus USB Port

Additional interface cable for: E30, E400, E410, E420, E450, E510, E520, E600, E620, OM-D E-M1, OM-D E-M5, OM-D E-M10, SP-510 UZ, SP-550 UZ

Cable #240 - Panasonic RSL1

Additional interface cable for: FZ15, FZ100, FZ150, FZ20, FZ200, FZ30, FZ300, FZ50, G1, G2, G3, G5, G6, G7, G10, GF1, GH1, GH2, GH3, GH4, GX1, GX7, GX8, LC1

Cable #238 - Sony S1 Shutter Release Plug

Additional interface cable for: SLT-A33, SLT-A33L, SLT-A35, SLT-A35K, SLT-A37, SLT-A37K, SLT-A37M, SLT-A55, SLT-A55V, SLT-A55VL, SLT-A57,SLT-A57K, SLT-A57M, SLT-A65, SLT-A65V, SLT-A65VK, SLT-A65VM, SLT-A77, SLT-A77M2, SLT-A77V, SLT-A77VM, SLT-A77VQ, SLT-A99, SLT-A99V, DSLR-A100, DSLR-A100H, DSLR-A100K, DSLR-A200, DSLR-A200K, DSLR-A200W, DSLR-A300, DSLR-A300/N, DSLR-A300K, DSLR-A300K/N, DSLR-A350, DSLR-A350K, DSLR-A350X, DSLR-A450, DSLR-A500, DSLR-A500H, DSLR-A500L, DSLR-A550, DSLR-A550L, DSLR-A560, DSLR-A560L, DSLR-A580, DSLR-A580L, DSLR-A700, DSLR-A700H, DSLR-A700K, DSLR-A700P, DSLR-A850, DSLR-A900

NOTE: For certain SONY models, a hotshoe adapter (see below) is required to mount the Lightning Bug™ directly to the camera. Consult your users manual to determine if this adapter is required.

Cable #239 - Sony S2 Shutter Release Plug

Additional interface cable for: RX100 II, RX100 III, A6000, A7, A7II, A7R, A7RII, A7S, HX300, HX50V, NEX 3N

NOTE: For certain SONY models, a hotshoe adapter (see below) is required to mount the Lightning Bug™ directly to the camera. Consult your users manual to determine if this adapter is required.

Sony/ISO Hot Shoe Adapter - $21.00 (needs to be ordered separetly)

This adapter mounts on Sony and Minolta cameras that have a proprietary hotshoe and provides an ISO type hotshoe mount. This allows the Lightning Bug™ to be mounted directly to these hotshoes.

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