Nov 24, 2009 at 6:56 am #1242445
James PatsalidesBPL Member
@jamespatsalides-comLocale: New England
Has anyone built an SUL camera tripod? Needs to support ~1.5lbs, have some kind of leveling mechanism and be stable enough to use on uneven surfaces. I was thinking trekking poles + one CF pole? Ideas?Nov 24, 2009 at 7:23 am #1547714
@herman666Locale: Northern Virginia
If it's mostly so you can get yourself in the picture StickPic is a great little device.Nov 24, 2009 at 7:48 am #1547722
Steven EvansBPL Member
James, head into the photography section of this forum and search for "Sub 4 ounce carbon tripod". There have been a few very neat ideas along the same lines as what you are thinking.
Sounds to me like you are looking for something for a bigger camera, but if it's a point and shoot, I made this not too long ago and it works great.Nov 24, 2009 at 8:16 am #1547730
Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Very cool Steven!Nov 24, 2009 at 9:52 am #1547747
Kevin BeedenBPL Member
Why not use a single walking pole and three guylines (something low-stretch; dyneema, perhaps?), pegged out with conventional slider adjustments? It won't be as sturdy as an all-pole solution, but with a remote or timer shutter release, I reckon it would do a pretty good job (I often use 2 second timer delay when using my digital camera hand held in low light, as most of the movement comes from pressing that button; the timer gives you time to steady again).
Fit a pan/tilt head (of whatever complexity you feel you need) to the walking pole handle (either one of the poles fitted with a camera mount screw, or else drill and tap your own appropriate hole).
A bit more of a pain to use than a proper tripod, but probably just as easy as two walking poles and a carbon pole. Plus, you can adjust the height, which you may not be able to do if the carbon pole is a fixed length.Nov 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm #1547890
Hey all check this out.
I was ready the local fish wrap and saw this gadget listed as one of the techie items for Xmas.
It is a tiny tripod that fits on the top of a bottle, and for a low price of $10 bucks. And, it would be considered Ultra Light.
The Bottle Cap Tripod from Dynomighty Design Inc.
Also, found this other tripod referenced
The Monfrotto Modo Pocket: http://www.bhphotovideo.com $20.00
Z.Nov 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm #1547891
Here is the direct link to bottle cap tripodNov 24, 2009 at 7:06 pm #1547897
Typo… "ready" should have been "reading"…
my brain works faster than my hands…..
ZNov 24, 2009 at 9:05 pm #1547922Nov 24, 2009 at 11:31 pm #1547943
Jesse H.BPL Member
@tacedeousLocale: East Bay, CA
I'd say so ;)Nov 25, 2009 at 1:21 am #1547946
Yohei AoyagiBPL Member
Do you know JOBY Gorilla Pod?
little heavy, but easy adjustable.Nov 29, 2009 at 6:27 pm #1548803
Regarding the dynomighty, I don't think it has any sort of tilting options. If that's the case, you can MYO.
I can't find my link to pictures etc (might have been make magazine), but let me describe how to make one that probably weighs considerably less:
– At your local hardware store, find a 1/4-20 nylon bolt (about one inch long is good, YMMV), a matching nylon wingnut, a matching nylon regular nut, and two start lock washers (not nylon, and in any case, optional)
– Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the center of a bottle cap from whatever size bottle you are most likely to have with you while hiking (2 liter soda, power-ade, whatever).
– Feed the nylon bolt up through the hole from the "inside" of the cap, firmly attaching it to the cap with the regular nylon nut (and keeping it in place with the optional star washers, which I've never used myself)
– Thread the wingnut on UPSIDE DOWN so the wings point down towards the cap. (to tell you the truth, the wingnut could be considered optional as well, especially if you are worried about fractions of an ounce)
To use this, screw the cap onto a bottle (not empty since it needs balast to keep from tipping over). Screw the camera onto the nylon bolt. Tighten the wingnut up against the camera to keep it snug.
Note: most of the weight savings comes from using nylon hardware. The original design used stainless steel.
Note 2: I've created a variation that is tiltable, but haven't tried it in the field yet.
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