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Timelapse+ View, As Good As Manual Bulb Ramping?

I don’t review a lot of products on my Youtube channel, but when I do, I try to be as precise and genuine as possible. To be comfortable with a new product, I need to use it a lot…

When Timelapse+ contacted me to review their “View”, an intervalometer that can automatically do a bulb ramping from day to night or from night to day, I decided to test it in different situations to see what it was capable of.

I ended up releasing a video every single day for a week to share my thoughts about the product with you. I wanted to see if this tool was as good as manual bulb ramping.

In the first episode, I shot a regular day to night timelapse with the View. My second camera was shooting in M mode and I was changing the settings manually. Watch the video below to see if the View was as good as my second camera!

After shooting this first test, I realized that there are so many different light situations when it comes to Holy Grail timelapses.

Sometimes, the light changes a lot more than just from day to night. What about clouds? Traffic light? Sunrises? I could test the View in so many different light conditions. And this is what I did!

In this second episode, I went to Griffith Park during a cloudy day to shoot a 3 hour long timelapse with clouds. It’s interesting to see how the View actually works when the light is changing that much.

And what about artificial light? Clouds do have an effect on the light sometimes, but so do cars. At night, traffic can be a huge deal when it comes to light as cars turn on their headlights (hopefully). And when you are close enough, those can definitely affect your shots. Watch the video below to see what the View can achieve in this environment!

The last test was done at sunrise, with the sun in the shot. This makes it a little harder for me, and probably the View, because I do not recommend to change the settings when the sun is in your shot. Why? To avoid clipping flicker around the sun! Will it work? Watch the final test to find out!

Finally, I give you my final opinion about the Timelapse+ View, is it as good as manual bulb ramping? Should you buy it? I answer these questions in the last video.

So, what do YOU think of this tool? Let me know in the comments below!

If you want to purchase a Timelapse+ View, click here! I will get a little reward if you purchase through this link.

- Emeric Timelapse