After years of building egg timer time lapse thing-a-ma-jigs, kitchen timers, panning units
ect ect ect, I finally have a model I like and carry in my run bag everyday.
I call it the GoLapse.
When I first built these things I had a Canon Elph, then I found the original GoPro Hero.
Since then I have been almost exclusively using GoPros for work and play timelapses.
The problem with my original and even the Ikea timers was the size, too big to put in a
camera bag. The two new modifications save size by using the GoPro mounting shoe.
The models differ in how they mount to your tripod. The model below uses the mounting
design from my original timer, a !/2 inch metal screw to 1/4 20 coupling nut. I have used this
design mounted to clamps and suction cups on vehicles traveling up to 70 mph for extended
periods of time with no problem. So I would use this one in extreme circumstances.
The other version below is not as sturdy, but is so small it will fit into the smallest
go bag. This GoLapse mounts to the tripod using a 1/4 20 nut super-glued to the
bottom of the timer unit. If you over tighten or put excessive strain on this joint it will
break. Most users can make this model easily and not run into any problems.
Any cheap egg or kitchen timer can be modified into one of these GoLapses.
The two models here were made from Ikea Stam kitchen timers for $1.99.
Below are a few shots of the GoLapse in action at the Sarasota Chalk Festival.