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Old November 11th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #1
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Least expensive way to create rails/rods?

I was wondering if most people are putting together their own rails or just buying them?
I wonder if the sum of parts is more expensive then the ready-made ones...
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Old November 11th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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You could put together a set of support rods for as little as ~$25 but its going to depend on the tools you have and your experience with them. If you need to buy tools its probably going to be more expensive.

Its really pretty simple, you can learn a lot from studying others designs or commercial products. All of the materials including aluminum rods can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, ect... I prefer to use aluminum but I have seen others use wood.
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Old November 11th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #3
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Under $25, sound great to me. I see quite a few people buying the camera stage from b&h or the like, does this factor into your $25.00?
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Old November 12th, 2007, 04:57 AM   #4
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Just remember to get the standard 15mm rods so that you can use the standard gears out there, like a matte box or follow focus unit
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Old November 12th, 2007, 08:29 AM   #5
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did you know what is the standard distance between the two 15mm rods!?
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Old November 12th, 2007, 08:39 AM   #6
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centre to centre is 60cm
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Old November 12th, 2007, 10:02 AM   #7
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6cm, or 60mm he means.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #8
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sorry you are right 60mm or 6cm... hee hee

Must be really tired looking at the computer screen . Can't even spot my mistake I've made..
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Old November 13th, 2007, 02:45 AM   #10
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Most metal or machine shops will let you order lengths of aluminum tube at most thickness and widths.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 04:14 AM   #11
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rip it from old enlargers

many old enlargers are collecting dust, as paper and chemical are so$$ and everyone moves to digital

i bought an eastern european enlarger for 100$, great feature is tilting on lens bd.

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Old November 14th, 2007, 08:21 AM   #12
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The least expensive way would be to lash your camera to a couple of small tree limbs.

Why not save your money and get a real base plate and rail system that will not embarrass you on a shoot.

Once you get a universal set, you will be able to use them on any camera you might upgrade to in the future. And they will be compatible with all the other goodies that you will want to get for your camera, like a matte box and follow focus.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #13
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Can you suggest a quick release plate that might do the trick that won't break the bank?
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Old November 14th, 2007, 03:24 PM   #14
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Go to Cavision site. There you will find all you need.(BHphoto sells their stuff too) Try also Cinevate and Redrock. This guy is copycat but last resort. He ship very, very fast.
http://www.thecinecity.com/home.php?cat=269
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Old November 15th, 2007, 04:14 AM   #15
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Can you suggest a quick release plate that might do the trick that won't break the bank?
Quick relaese plate from Manfrotto. The universal one. You can use it with most of the manfrotto camera plates on it too.

http://www.pcconnection.com/ProductD...&ci_sku=462045
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