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dropController

dropController is a professional water drop photography system developed over many years by drop photography enthusiasts and we believe it is the most advanced system available. It is easy to start with and also offers many advanced features for those who want to take their hobby further.

Compatibility
The dropController systems are 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 or let me know your camera make and model and I will check.

dropControllerV3 is compatible with Windows PCs and Android devices.
dropControllerV4 is compatible with wifi enabled devices; phone, table, laptop, desktop PC.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the below please email me or send me a message using the contact form. Please include what you are interested in and where you are (country & city).

Contact Me
You can contact me by email at or by using the contact form.

Payment
Payment is via PayPal using a credit card or PayPal account.
Prices do not include local duties/import taxes.

Currency
Prices are listed in USD and HKD (US dollar & Hong Kong dollar). If you are outside of the US and don’t normally use USD then HKD is slightly better value.

Shipping
All goods are shipped with tracking included.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, international shipping remains disrupted, shipping times and service availability are not consistent and things still seem to change daily. I have decided to delay implementing a full on line shop and will continue to take orders via email until the situation gets better. This will allow me to give a personalised service and more accurate information.

Currently there are limits shipping to certain parts of Europe and shipping to South Africa is very expensive.

 
Discounts
Repeat customers enjoy 10%
Complete sets enjoy 10% discount. A complete set is any controller with at least 3 Valve & Bottle Sets or a controller + 2 Valve & Bottle Sets + SFB Set. All accessories and additional parts, when ordered with a set, also enjoy the 10% discount.

Note:Only one discount type applies per order.

 
 

dropControllerV4
US $230.00
HK $1700.00
The latest and greatest dropController.
Price is for the controller, PSU, and leads only. Frame, tray, bottles, valves, are not included and available separately.

Weight: 1200gm

The most advanced drop photography system available yet easy to use and get started with. Clear, easy to use control app.
dropControllerV4 app screen shot banner

Includes
– dropControllerV4
– power supply 24V 5amp
– shutter release cable
– flash trigger cable
– 2 x trigger extension lead

All dropControlers are fully tested before shipping.

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

12v power supply is available on request.

Shutter Release Cable
Normally a coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length). I sometimes have limited stocks of non-coiled 1 metre leads which will be used while stocks last.

Various shutter release cables available. Not sure what lead you require, see the common shutter release leads page. Still note sure? Drop me an email.

Please state your camera make and model when ordering.

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

The default dropController system is 24V and 12V systems are available by request. If you prefer a 12V system please let me know.

More information

 
 

dropControllerV4 Upgrade
US $125.00
HK $900.00
Weight: 1250gm

Already have dropControllerV3 and want to upgrade? Here is the chance. This is a special price for existing users only. You must provide the email address you used when purchasing the dropControllerV3.

Do you need to upgrade?
If you are happy with version 3 then there is no need to upgrade. They both do the same thing in very similar ways. I only started developing dropControllerV4 because Apple users kept asking for a compatible controller. dropControllerV3 is still fully supported.

 
 

dropControllerV3
US $199.00
HK $1500.00
dropController. The most advanced water drop system available.dropController. The most advanced drop photography system available.

Weight: 1250gm
Price is for the controller, PSU, and leads only. Frame, tray, bottles, valves not included.

One of the most advanced drop photography systems available. Easy to use. Easy to get started with. Clear, easy to use control apps for Windows computers and Android devices available free. Apple/Linux users please consider the dropControllerV4.

Now with free 3.5mm extension lead!

dropController Android app screen shots
Android App and Windows App available for free download.

Includes
– dropControllerV3
– power supply 24V 5amp
– shutter release cable
– flash trigger cable
– USB lead
– 3.5mm trigger extension lead FREE!

All dropControlers are fully tested before shipping.

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

A 12v power supply is available on request.

Shutter Release Cable
Normally a coiled lead 30-100cm (100cm is fully extended and not usable at this length). I sometimes have limited stocks of non-coiled 1 metre leads which will be used while stocks last.

Various shutter release cables available. Not sure what lead you require, see the common shutter release leads page. Still note sure? Drop me an email.

Please state your camera make and model when ordering.

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

The default dropController system is 24V but is fully compatible with 12V and if you prefer a 12V system please let me know.

More information

 

dropControllerV3 Kit Plus
US $99.00
HK $750.00

Weight: 1250gm

Fancy building your own dropController? This is everything you need.

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).

Now with free 3.5mm extension lead!

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

A 12v power supply is available on request.

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 Set
US $129.00
HK $990.00

Weight: 2250gm

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

Shoot From Below Set assembly guide

Includes:
1 x Shako PU220AR-02 24V valve
1 x 2m valve lead
1 x air pump with 12v power supply
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
2 x brass double connector
1 x end cap
1 x mini ball vale
2 x 8mm quick release connector
1 x 6mm quick release connector
1 x 4mm brass nozzle
2 x 6mm brass nozzle
2m 8mm PVC tube (fits 6mm nozzles)
1m 6mm PVC tube (fits 4mm nozzles)

All fittings are 1/4″ NPT

12V valves are available upon request.

*Pressure gauge: Appearance may change without notice

The pump produces up to 10 to 11psi 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.
The extra nozzles allow the valve to be separated from the bottle and also allows for the bottle and valve to be used for regular drops.

Free manual ball valve!
Use as an extra relief valve or keep as a spare!
Note: Style of fittings may change without notice.


 

Shoot From Below Nozzle Set
US $15.00
HK $100.00

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

Allows for a wide range of experimentation. Create fine delicate jets to sturdy columns.

 

Valve & Bottle set: Shako
US $49.00
HK $375.00
dropController Valve & Bottle Set

Weight: 1000gm

Includes:
1 x Shako PU220AR-02 24v (12V available upon request)
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 bottles to the frame which I think works well (free cable ties included). This style of clip makes it easy to move the bottles up and down to change the drop pressure and the bottles are easy to remove for cleaning.

The clips can also be attached directly to 2020/4040 extrusion with the right nut and bolt. Nuts and bolts available free on request. Please mention you’d like them when you order. Don’t ask, you don’t get!

Valve wiring guide

 

Bottle set
US $15.00
HK $110.00

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. Nuts and bolts available free on request. Don’t ask, you don’t get!

 

Shako PU220AR-02 24v Solenoid Valve
US $35.00
HK $260.00

Weight: 0.35kg

Add 1 x 2m valve lead + US$1.00 / HK$5.00

The gold standard in water drop valves. Reliable with repeatable performance.
¼ NPT thread size.
Includes M5 mounting screws.

12V valves available on request
Appearance may change slightly without notice.

Mounting Holes
Holes are 18mm apart and M5 size.

Valve wiring guide


 

Frame
US $65.00
HK $500.00

Weight: 2.75kg

Size when assembled: 1020mm x 540mm

A simple but effective and flexible frame designed to fit almost any style of drop container; tray or bowl. Ideal for use with smaller bowls and 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

Includes extra/spare; corners, nuts and bolts, washers, and grub screws.

Frame Construction Guide

 

Frame Plus
US $95.00
HK $700.00

Weight: 3.25kg
Size when assembled: 1020mm x 540mm

A simple sturdy frame with extra bottom pieces. Allows for accessories to be attached to the bottom of the frame, such as the valves or nozzles used for 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

Includes extra/spare; corners, nuts and bolts, washers, and grub screws.

 

dropController Shop Valve Bracket. Only twelve dollars. What a bargain.Valve Bracket
US $12.00
HK $90.00
Weight: TBC
Size: 28mm x 180mm x 3mm

1 x Bracket (180 x 28mm). Milled aluminium alloy.
4 x M5 nut, bolt, and washers (bracket to 2020 frame)
3 x M5 screws with attached washers (valve to bracket)
3 x M4 screws with attached washers (valve to bracket)

Note.
All screws are Philips/cross style head.
Only 2 nut & bolts are required to fit the bracket to the frame and only 2 screws are required for the majority of valves. The others are included as spares.

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



 

Shutter Release Lead
US $7.99 per lead
HK $60.00 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 $7.99 per lead
HK $60.00 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 $7.99 per lead
HK $60.00 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.