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Old Sep 9, 2009, 5:17 PM   #1
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I've been wanting to build a shoulder mount for a while now.
I have it almost done. I used it for about an hour last weekend and I think it will be OK.

You don't think this will get me arrested do you?




Oops, wrong one. try this one. complete with battery grip and FTP 500 flash


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Close up of handle with the wired remote recessed into soft foam grip.



I bought a pair of aluminum crutches from the thrift store for $5.00 a long screw to attach the handle furthest away from me and a PVC Tee fitting to attach the drop handle, total investment about $8. Since I had some on hand I covered the aluminum tubing with black heat shrink that also covers the remote wire.
The hardest part was making the mount for the Giotto ball head, I used some surgical stainless steel for that. heated with my torch and bent to fit the tubing and extend out to the left of the framework so the camera would line up with my eyes more easily.
So far I like it, when I get a chance to use it more I may make some changes.
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Old Sep 9, 2009, 5:19 PM   #2
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That is one cool and innovative product...you should patent it GW!!
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Very innovative GW. Had I tried something like that, it would have been an exercise in frustration!

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this is also a DIY but they had a mill to make it.. $18 delivered
dawg would like it



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Old Sep 9, 2009, 10:10 PM   #5
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being a newby...what does the shoulder mount do? help stabilize the camera is what I'm thinking..is there more??
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Old Sep 9, 2009, 10:38 PM   #6
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being a newby...what does the shoulder mount do? help stabilize the camera is what I'm thinking..is there more??
Good question, I would like to know also.
They both look very well made.
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Hmm, somehow I like the first one better, especially the duality of it. I shot that duck with a Pentax, will get a complete other meaning.

Without kidding, the "real" one looks marvelous. Maybe something to do during the winter months.

Thanks for sharing

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Old Sep 10, 2009, 6:15 AM   #8
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Some mighty talented tinkerers around here! Will look forward to seeing the photographic results.
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Old Sep 10, 2009, 7:29 AM   #9
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You don't think this will get me arrested do you?


Arrested? no. Shot? Almost certainly

Must admit, with the way certain UK police officers are about photographers I think I'd be nervous using the genuine one.

But it looks so cool that I'd have to use it!!!

Not only should you patent it, I'd suggest you could sell them as well (obviously forum members would get a discount )
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Old Sep 10, 2009, 9:13 AM   #10
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GW, as long as my avatar inspired you I thought you may not mind if I show my home built here as well.

I have a velcro'ed on trigger that I can easily take off and use with my camera tripod.

I also have on the top of my K-7 a red dot sight that allows me to track BIF with both eyes open. I built the hot shoe adapter out of Plexiglas and it works quite well.

The body of my holder was made from 1x12 pine. I built it for under $25.00 not including the red dot sight.

I like your use of a crutch but somehow feel that with your Bigma on the K20 the weight on an unsymmetrical mount will make it more difficult to hold. This can easily be fixed by simply drilling a hole through the crutch and getting a long bolt to go through the center of the crutch tube and then mount the ball head central. If need be you can mount a flat rectangular pad for the ball head to sit on.

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