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Tim Grant March 10th, 2010 10:35 AM

Suction Cup Camera Mount
 
Hello All-

Looking to get a suction cup camera mount and I wanted to see if anyone has played with them yet.

-Has anyone used one of these on a car or motorcycle with their Canon 7D?
-Should I be concered about wind force if mounting on a motorcycle/car?
-How safe are these for my camera? (Outdoor use)
-If you have used one, which brand is trust worthy?

Product I was looking at to purchase:
Gripper 3025 - The Filmtools 6" Suction / Vacuum Cup Camera Mount

Thank you in Advance for your advise!

-Tim

Nathan Wilcox March 10th, 2010 11:03 AM

I would be really weary of trusting any suction mount, even with failsafe tethers. Just going by experience with those suction mounts that come with GPS navigators, I've had them pop off after a few hours in the warm sun. Even when both surfaces are pristine I would be very cautious.

Then again, the one you posted looks pretty rugged.

Tim Grant March 10th, 2010 11:06 AM

Right Nathan, but these suction cups have different mechanics to them that allow them to have a stronger grip. (As I read)

-Tim

Mike Altino March 10th, 2010 11:43 AM

Tim, that suction cup is great. I've used it plenty of times with cameras between the size of a Sony vx2100 and a Flip cam.

You can rip a fender off with this thing, but I always use some sort of leash just incase.

Tim Grant March 10th, 2010 11:47 AM

Mike do you have the same brand?

Liam Hall March 10th, 2010 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nathan Wilcox (Post 1497631)
I would be really weary of trusting any suction mount, even with failsafe tethers. Just going by experience with those suction mounts that come with GPS navigators, I've had them pop off after a few hours in the warm sun. Even when both surfaces are pristine I would be very cautious.

Then again, the one you posted looks pretty rugged.

There's a big difference between a plastic suction mount for a gps and a professional 6" suction cup. I've used suction mounts with Varicam's and F900s, I'm sure a little 7D will be safe and sound.

Manfrotto make a nice little kit that should see you okay as do Hague, Mathews and quite a few others.

Edward Carlson March 10th, 2010 01:05 PM

I've used the Bogen version of that. It's exactly the same except for a blue cover instead of a yellow one. The only problem I have ever had is the head wasn't tightened all the way, so the camera flipped over and the mic was ripped off! That was my fault for not double checking the knobs. The suction cup itself worked perfectly. It's not actually a suction cup though, it's a vacuum cup, similar to what you use to install pane glass. When the vacuum starts to come loose, the pump shows a red line. A few more pumps will retain the seal. I've used it with a DVC30 with a shotgun, wide angle lens, and large battery, so a 7D should be fine.

Tim Grant March 10th, 2010 01:17 PM

Thank you Edward! Awsered my question

-Tim

Mike Altino March 10th, 2010 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tim Grant (Post 1497653)
Mike do you have the same brand?

Yes. That's the same one I have. (Just make sure the car is clean when you place it. I always do a quick spray wax and wipe on the car before use.)

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...stvw/photo.jpg

Marc de Jesus March 10th, 2010 09:56 PM

I bought an over priced delkin fat gecko from samy's a couple weeks back.. ive mounted it to my car, a cop car, a window and even those things over a stove... and so far so good.. i wanted to test out how fast I could go and I got up to about 50mph (it was mounted right behind my left front wheel, like those old A-team shots, while holding the strap with my hand) and it held sturdy.

Although, I do still feel nervous everysingle time its on a moving vehicle.

I also have used a super clamp, which isn't as versatile but I never have any doubts..

Levi Burkle March 12th, 2010 07:34 PM

Suction Mounts
 
Tim, this may help you.

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/eos-7d-s...t-footage.html

Sean Seah March 14th, 2010 07:54 AM


My contribution. Done with the Manfrotto Car Mount. Single 6" cup only. I'm really nervous as u can see. I wanted the filmtools rig but they do not ship to Singapore. Levi's setup would have worked much better.

Mike Dulay March 14th, 2010 10:34 AM

Don't leave out the Stickypod. I haven't used mine with the 7D yet. But it worked well on my HV20. Four suction cups on the model I had.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3176/...06deb24b62.jpg

A bit shaky with the wideangle unbalancing the camera.

At low speed it was okay (just watch the first few seconds with the car)


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