Price List

 
The dropController is a 6 valve controller for water drop photography. It is one of the most advanced controllers available yet easy to get started with and makes collision photography as simple as possible The dropController is controlled from a Windows program or an Android app. Sorry no IOS version.

The Windows app works on Apple desktops under a virtual machine such as Boot Camp or WINE. Unfortunately I cannot offer any support or help. If you want to try please download the Windows App from the downloads page.

The dropController is compatible with cameras that can use a wired shutter release cable. Please check your camera can use a wired shutter release before ordering. Not sure what lead you require, see the common shutter release leads page.

 
Payment
Payment is via PayPal, credit card or by bank transfer.
All goods are shipped from Hong Kong and includes tracking.
Prices do not include local duties/import taxes.

 
Shipping
I use two main services; e-Express and courier. e-Express uses the postal service, delivery normally takes 7-14 days and charges are fairly reasonable. Courier normal takes 3 to 6 days (depending on the delivery address) and although more expensive than e-Express can be reasonable.

The pandemic is still having a major influence on shipping, flights are very limited and lock downs in many countries are causing some issues. The shipping companies are not making their usual delivery time guarantees and depending on the destination delays are possible, especially shipping to some parts of Europe.

Update: e-Express has been suspended again for several regions in Europe.

Please contact me if you would like more information.

 
If you are interested in purchasing any of the below please email me at

 
 

dropControllerV3
US $199.00
HK $1500.00
 
Weight: 1250gm

Includes dropControllerV3, power supply, shutter release cable, flash trigger cable, and a USB lead (not shown).

I hand make the controllers and fully test all devices before shipping.

Power Supply
Input: 100-240v, 50-60MHz
Output: 24v, 5 amps
Please state type of plug/country of use when ordering.

Shutter Release Cable
Coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length).
Various shutter release cables available. Please state your camera make and model when ordering. Not sure what lead you require, see the common shutter release leads page.

Flash Trigger Lead
3.5mm jack to PC socket.
Coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length).

 
 

dropControllerV3 Kit Plus
US $99.00
HK $750.00
 
Weight: 1250gm

Includes all the components required to make the dropController V3, including the PCB, acrylic base and top, the Arduino, the Bluetooth module, and the buck converter. The Arduino Nano is pre-programmed and the HC-06 Bluetooth module is pre-configured.

The Kit Plus also includes:
– power supply,
– shutter release lead,
– flash trigger lead,
– usb lead (not shown).

Power Supply
Input: 100-240v, 50-60MHz
Output: 24v, 5 amps
Please state type of plug/country of use when ordering.

Shutter Release Cable
Coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length).
Please state your camera make and model when ordering. Not sure what lead you require, see the common shutter release leads page.

Flash Trigger Lead
3.5mm jack to PC socket.
Coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length).

This is a DIY kit and requires assembly. You should have at least basic to middling soldering skills and of course soldering tools. Please read through the construction guide so you are aware of what is required before purchasing. I do not recommend this as a first soldering project.

The main components are fully tested but due to the nature of the kit I cannot fully guarantee it. There is a lot of possible user error!

A full list of components is available here (PDF).
The construction guide can be found here (PDF).

 
 

Shoot From Below: Full Set
US $110.00
HK $800.00
Weight: 2000gm

Everything you need to get started with shoot from below. Frame not included.

Includes:
2 x bottles
4 x bottle clips
1 x pressure gauge
1 x 4-way brass pipe fitting
1 x 3-way brass pipe fitting
1 x end cap
1 x mini ball vale
2 x quick release connector
2 x brass double connector
1 x 4mm brass nozzle
2 x 6mm brass nozzle
1 x Shako PU220AR-02 valve
1 x 2m valve lead
1 x air pump with 12v power supply
1 x 6mm quick release connector
2m 8mm PVC tube (fits 6mm nozzles)
1m 6mm PVC tube (fits 4mm nozzles)

All fittings are 1/4″ NPT

The pump produces up to 10psi when used with 12v power, enough pressure to hit most ceilings! Pressure is regulated using the ball valve; closed = full pressure, full open = no pressure.
Power supplies available with various style plugs. Please state country of use when ordering.

FREE
Free Teflon tape and 2 x 6mm brass nozzles. Allows the valve to be separated from the bottle and also the bottle and valve to be used for regular drops.

 
 

Shoot From Below Starter: No Valve, No Pump
US $49.00
HK $370.00
Weight: 1000gm

Frame, valve, and pump not included.

Add a pressurised spray bottle or air pump and a valve.

Includes:
2 x bottles
4 x bottle clips
1 x pressure gauge
1 x 4-way brass pipe fitting
1 x 3-way brass pipe fitting
1 x end cap
1 x mini ball vale
3 x quick release connector
2 x brass double connector
1 x 4mm brass nozzle
2 x 6mm brass nozzle
2m 8mm PVC tube (fits 6mm nozzles)

All fittings are 1/4″ NPT

FREE Teflon tape.

 
 

Air Pump Set
US $35.00
HK $260.00
Weight: 600gm

Includes:
1 x Air pump
1 x 12v power supply
1 x 4mm quick release connector (1/4″ NPT thread size)
1m 6mm PVC tube (fits 4mm nozzles)

Operational Voltage: DC12V
Current Draw: <550 mA Air Flow: > 2.5LPM/min
Pressure: > 500mmHg / 9.6 psi
Noise: 65 dB

The pump produces up to 10psi when used with 12v power, enough pressure to hit most ceilings! Pressure is regulated using the ball valve; closed = full pressure, full open = no pressure.
Power supplies available with various style plugs. Please state country of use when ordering.

FREE Teflon tape.

 
 

Shoot From Below Nozzle Set
US $12.00
HK $90.00
 
Weight: 250gm

Appearance may change slightly

3 Shoot From Below nozzles.
1 x 1mm opening
1 x 2mm opening
1 x 3mm opening

All nozzles have 1/4inch NPT threads

 
 

dropController Valve & Bottle SetValve & Bottle set: Shako
US $45.00
HK $345.00

Weight: 1000gm

Includes:
1 x Shako PU220AR-02 24v
1 x Bottle
2 x Bottle clips
3 x 6mm ¼ NPT brass nozzles
1 x 2m valve lead

FREE
1 x Teflon tape
1 x Brass ¼ NPT double sided connector

 
The bottle caps have a standard ¼ NPT thread size, this is the same size as the solenoid valves and the same nozzles fit the valves and the bottles.
The double sided connector allows the bottle to be directly attached to the valve.

I use cable ties to secure the bottle which I think works well (free cable ties included).
This style of clip makes it fairly easy to remove the bottle for cleaning.

The clips can also be attached directly to 2020/4040 extrusion with the right nut and bolt.

Valve wiring guide

 
 

dropController valve & bottle setValve & Bottle set: SLGPC
US $32.00
HK $245.00

Weight: 1000gm

Includes:
1 x SLGPC PU220AR-02 24v
1 x Bottle
2 x Bottle clips
3 x 6mm ¼ NPT brass nozzles
1 x 2m valve lead

FREE
1 x Teflon tape
1 x Brass ¼ NPT double sided connector

 
The bottle caps have a standard ¼ NPT thread size, this is the same size as the solenoid valves and the same nozzles fit the valves and the bottles.
The double sided connector allows the bottle to be directly attached to the valve.

I use cable ties to secure the bottle which I think works well (free cable ties included).
This style of clip makes it fairly easy to remove the bottle for cleaning.

The clips can also be attached directly to 2020/4040 extrusion with the right nut and bolt.

 
 

Bottle set
US $12.00
HK $90.00
 
Weight: 500gm

Includes:
1 x Bottle
2 x Bottle clips
3 x 6mm ¼ NPT brass nozzles

The bottle caps have a standard ¼ NPT thread size, this is the same size as the solenoid valves and the same nozzles fit the valves and the bottles.

I use cable ties to secure the bottle which I think works well (free cable ties included).
This style of clip makes it fairly easy to remove the bottle for cleaning.

The clips can also be attached directly to 2020/4040 extrusion with the right nut and bolt.

 
 

Shako PU220AR-02 24v Solenoid Valve
US $35.00
HK $270.00
Add 1 x 2m valve lead + US$1.00 / HK$5.00
 
Weight: 500gm

The gold standard in water drop valves. Reliable with repeatable performance.
¼ NPT thread size.
Includes mounting screws.

12V valves available on request

Mounting Holes
Holes are 18mm apart and M5 size.

Valve wiring guide

 
 

SLGPC PU220AR-02 24v Solenoid Valve
US $22.00
HK $170.00
 
Weight: 500gm

Similar performance to the Shako.
¼ NPT thread size
Includes mounting screws.

12V valves available on request

Mounting Holes
Holes are 15mm apart and M4 size.

 
 


3 x Brass Nozzles
US $7.00
HK $50.00
 
Weight: 500gm

3 brass nozzles. Pick any 3 from the below list. The following sizes are available.
– double connector
– 6mm
– 8mm
– 10mm
– 12mm

All nozzles have 1/4inch NPT threads that fit the T33 bottles, Shako PU220AR-02 valve, and the SLGPC PU220AR-02 valve.The 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm are not really suitable for the drops and are normally used to connect the valve to the bottle (helps increase the pressure).

 
 

Frame
US $65.00
HK $500.00
 
Weight: 2.5kg
Size when assembled: 1020mm x 540mm

A simple but flexible frame designed to fit almost any style drop container/drop tray. Ideal for use with large trays. The centre cross bars holding the valves are height adjustable.

9 x 500mm 2020 T-Slot aluminium extrusion
10 x corner + M5 nut, bolt, washer set
4 x straight joiner + M5 grub screw
6 x end cap
2 x Allen Key

 
 

Frame Plus
US $90
HK $690
 
Weight: TBC
Size when assembled: 1020mm x 540mm

A simple sturdy frame for shoot from below. The centre cross bars holding the valves are height adjustable.

13 x 500mm 2020 T-Slot aluminium extrusion
18 x corner + M5 nut, bolt, washer set
4 x straight joiner + M5 grub screw
6 x end cap
2 x Allen Key

 
 

Valve Bracket
US $12.00
HK $90.00
 
Weight: TBC
Size: 28mm x 180mm x 3mm

1 x bracket
1 x Allen/Hex Key
2 x M5 bolt and nut (bracket to 2020 frame)
2 x M5 screws (valve to bracket)
2 x M4 screws (valve to bracket)

Fits many different types of valve as well as mini ball heads

 
 

 
 

Power Supply
US $25.00
HK $190.00
 
Weight: 750gm

Input: 100-240v, 50-60MHz
Output: 24v, 5 amps.

Various mains plugs available. Please state type of plug/country of use when ordering.

 
 

Shutter Release Lead
US $7.50 per lead
HK $55.00 per lead
 
Weight: 300gm

3.5mm to dedicated plug.
Coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length).

Various leads available please state camera make and model when ordering. Not sure what lead you require, see the common shutter release leads page.

 
 

Flash Trigger Lead
US $7.50 per lead
HK $55.00 per lead
 
Weight: 300gm

3.5mm jack to flash PC socket.
Coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length).

 
 

Extension Lead
US $7.50 per lead
HK $55.00 per lead
 
Weight: 300gm

3.5mm female to 3.5mm male.
1.5m length
Suitable for use with the shutter release and the flash trigger cables.