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Old Oct 1, 2007, 1:02 PM   #1
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I wanted to raise my chances of getting some good pictures at the Cleveland Air Show a few weeks ago, so I searched the forums for tips on shooting airplanes. The Kwik Aim ( http://www.kwikaim.com ) was recommended by several posters but I didn't have time to have one shipped and my FZ7 doesn't have a shoe to mount it on, anyhow.

I picked up a used Daisy Red Dot Sight at a local paint ball store for $10 (they're not much more new) and figured I could kludge a bracket to hold it using the tripod socket on the camera as a mounting point.

I'm pretty happy with the results and it was worth the effort. It was a great advantage when shooting the smaller and faster airplanes.

I cut the bracket down from a section of aluminum angle. With the dovetail clamp removed from the RDS, I used the existing holes in the RDS to screw it to the bracket.


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Old Oct 1, 2007, 1:03 PM   #2
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It took almost as long to make the screw as it did to make the bracket. I had to push the tripod socket way off to the side, but that shouldn't be a problem since it'll primarily be handheld.
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Old Oct 1, 2007, 1:03 PM   #3
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Like other posters have noted, it's a lot easier to dial in the windage and elevation with the camera on a tripod.
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Old Oct 1, 2007, 1:04 PM   #4
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The bracket seats against the camera body on the left and the RDS butts against the lens extension tube. Add those to the screw below and there are three points of contact to keep everything aligned.

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Old Oct 1, 2007, 1:04 PM   #5
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This is what it looks like in use.
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Old Oct 1, 2007, 1:04 PM   #6
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Line the dot up with the cross hairs, position it over the subject, and expose.
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Old Oct 1, 2007, 1:07 PM   #7
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Here are some of the results:


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