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Old Aug 19, 2005, 8:39 PM   #1
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Pablo asked in his "Cattle sale day" thread about how to improve a shot where low light had resulted a long exposure, which doesn't work well if hand held.

That put tripod into my consciousness, what's left of it, so when I read Andy W's comment in the "Help me... Z740 or DX7590" thread about a bolt-and-string "cheater's tripod" that he made, it set me thinking.

Turns out it's a great idea, detailed here: http://www.xs4all.nl/~wiskerke/artikelen/string.html

So, for those who want to roll their own, here's a step-by-step.

First, the hardware. Thumb screw, $0.65. Wing nut, $0.35. Both are 1/4-20 threads, which is what your camera tripod socket is.
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Old Aug 19, 2005, 8:41 PM   #2
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Now, the software - 12 feet of 1/8 braided cord. I used nylon, but I'll be changing that because it's too stretchy, but right now, $1.08.

Sorry about focus. I had my auto focus set on center spot and then pointed it at the scene below, where the center has nothing to focus on...
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Old Aug 19, 2005, 8:43 PM   #3
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In my design, you drill two holes in the thumbscrew.

What you see below is the best an English major can do in regard to metalworking, even with a pretty good center punch.

It kind of looks like a happy alien, doesn't it?
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Old Aug 19, 2005, 8:46 PM   #4
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And now, the tie-up -- one end fastened to the happy alien and topped off with a dollop of epoxy, because nylon doesn't like to stay tied.

The thumb screw goes into your camera's tripod socket. You turn thewing nut up snug so the thumb screw won't back out.

Then the string runs down to the floor, under your left foot, then under your right, and back up to the happy alien.

As soon as I replace the stretchy nylon with some good cordage from our local REI, I'll post some pictures. Right now, 1/8 second shots with the string tripod are a lot less blurry than 1/8 second shots that are purely hand-help. But they're still blurry.

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Old Aug 19, 2005, 9:26 PM   #5
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Looks good - am looking forward to the results you post.

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Old Aug 19, 2005, 9:49 PM   #6
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Hot dang, I'll be making myself a happy alien for my kit bag. Thanks DGheman.

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Old Aug 20, 2005, 10:14 AM   #7
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Nice concept and reasonable execution FROM AN ENGLISH MAJOR. Funny though I didn't know you were a Brit!! LOL



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Old Aug 20, 2005, 5:01 PM   #8
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Good job Dave...I'm probly just gonna use an eye bolt

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