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Old Mar 10, 2005, 5:00 PM   #21
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Here is another one with some measurements.

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Old Mar 10, 2005, 5:11 PM   #22
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And another one.

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Hi Dawg, Very impressive so far! I had started working on one for my dx7590 which I was making out of wood slats and springs, but the halfway depress focus thing was driving me nuts. You seem to be well on the way to having it figured out- my hats off to you.I'm sure there are lots of folksinterested(like every single 6490+7590 owner).May be an opprortunity for you.

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Old Mar 10, 2005, 5:18 PM   #24
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The white lines are alignmemt marks. After initial set up and testing you should use paint, nailpolish, or a scribe to mark the height of the top portion of the mount and the slots of the bottom and top, so the whole assy. can be taken apart for storage or transportation, but can be returned to the exact location needed for you specific camera. HINT!! The top marks need to be recessed to prevent them from being wiped off when you remove the bottom mount. Or you can cut the head off the screw and put the marks on top of the bottom mount.
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 5:44 PM   #25
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Thanks Dan, but I've too many irons in the fire right now.
This is for anyone that wants to build one for what ever brand of camera they happen to have. It should be a design that with very small modifications, very little money and limited skills and tools everyone can find a way to have one.
The clamping effect of the #8-32 screw is enough to hold the mounts in place but the #6-32 set screws serve a dual purpose. After clamping the mount in place they give added resistance to any movement. But that is not all they do. They also aid in unclamping the mount! After you loosen the #8-32 screws, you can tighten the #6-32 set screws to spread the slot apart making removal for storage and transportation much easier.
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And another. This is the screw used to attach the mount to the camera. ( Substitute a 3/8" screw and slot if needed )


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All the aluminium pieces are from cheap ( in my case scrap)1/2" x 1" barstock. Expensive aircraft aluminium is not necessary, and in my opinion wastful. Do it cheap but do it well is my moto!!

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This shows how by placeing the two mounts on a rod it allows for offset in the placement of the shutter release button.

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This is what it should look like from the bottom of a 6490 camera. Notice the slot alows for adjustment for most any digital camera or SLR. There are two holes tapped 1/4-20 and one tapped 3/8-16 to allow tripod, remote flash attachments or most anything anyone would like to use.

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