I have been working on a project that involves setting up a manual camera on tripod and taking pictures of objects/people. One of the restrictions that I have for this project is that I have to be near the camera constantly in order to take the picture. I have wanted to create a wireless manual camera shutter release for some time now. Basically a tool that allows me to take pictures remotely with a manual film camera. The only problem is that no one makes them! So I wanted to create a small tool using the expansive adruino system to do just that. There are shutter releases, that can 'extend' the shutter button (the button that snaps the picture). One is pictured below courtesy of glaringnotebook.com
As you can when you press the button a small rod appears out of the tip. I want a linear actuator (or something equivalent) to press the shutter release (so my hand doesnt have to) and then quickly depress it. It also has to be controlled through a wireless remote (maybe I could even connect it to a ipod or my phone). It has to have enough torq and speed to simulate a quick thumb press. Its really important that as soon as I want to take a picture I can, and there is no lag in the mechanics.
I was looking at the "Firgelli Technologies PQ12 Actuator 20mm, 30:1, 12V" but I wasn't sure if that actuator would fit my specifications. Any thoughts and suggestions? Also what other components would I need to make this possible?
For those of you who aren't too familiar with manual film cameras, the shutter release gets screwed into the shutter button of a manual camera (all manual cameras have them). Below is an diagram of the setup