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Old January 31st, 2011, 08:03 AM   #1
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How are you mounting things on 1/4-20 female camera mounts?

My EX1R has a female 1/4-20 mount on the rear of the handle. I want to mount something that has a 1/4-20 female thread on the handle mount without the pain (literally on the hand) of having the shoe on the handle. THere's plenty of shoe to 1/4-20 male adapters but I can't seem to find a 1/4-20 male to 1/4-20 male with nice locking flanges. I've searched all my favorite supplier sites but I'm thinking I have the wrong search terms for something I thought would be common.

Any help? TIA
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Old January 31st, 2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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It may seem crude, but I just took a 1/4-20 bolt, cut off the head, and added two nuts. I'm using it to mount a monitor onto a Bogen Magic Arm.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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yes. I'm looking for something more refined with proper knurled nuts that are designed for fingers etc....or even the basic hardware parts for 3/8-16 ant 1/4-20 DIY rigging
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Old January 31st, 2011, 12:46 PM   #4
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I use a std camera mounting stud, you can get 1/4" to 1/4" by adding an adaptor to the 3/8" end: Manfrotto MN037 camera stud on eBay (end time 21-Feb-11 14:41:50 GMT)
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Old January 31st, 2011, 05:28 PM   #5
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I believe that this thing:

Swivel Umbrella Adapter - Calumet : Studio Stands & Grip

comes with a 1/4x1/4 that you're looking for. The one linked looks like one side is bigger than the other, but mine is definately 1/4x1/4. Now, how to get that piece without paying $25 for the rest of it... I don't know. It's actually kind of a handy thing to have around, you can put your camera on it and hoist it up a light stand. Easy way to get those 12ft high shots without building a scaffold.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 06:41 PM   #6
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Yup...I have a collection of those spigots too. It's funny, I took it for granted this was a popular problem with a proper component to fix it. On a lark, I pulled out a nice shoe adapter that came with my Israeli arm and I can scavenge the 1/4-20 female parts and build what I want albeit the bolt will be zinc and not black.

If I had to buy something, it looks like this Rosco shoe adapter is 1/4-20 for both nuts (some go to 3/8-16 at the shoe end.
Rosco LitePad Cold Shoe Attachment 290661001420 B&H Photo Video

I'm still interested if someone knows of solution.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 07:35 AM   #7
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Les,
I use this Ikan arm on my EX1R which comes with a shoe adapter but I use it 1/4" to 1/4" for my Small HD monitor.
Ikan MA206 6" Articulating Arm MA206 B&H Photo Video
It works well with the addition of a rubber washer on one of the locking nuts.

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Old February 1st, 2011, 07:58 AM   #8
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Mark, I have the same arm for my Marshall display. It's that shoe adapter I was talking about. It has a flat 1/4 nut, a barrel 1/4 nut and a flat 3/8 nut. I was going to customize a 1/4 SS bolt to go 1/4 to 1/4 using the flat and barrel nuts. How do you go 1/4 to 1/4 with that shoe adapter?
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Old February 5th, 2011, 08:10 AM   #9
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The LEDzilla light by Dedo is wonderfully designed and engineered. It's shoe attachment has a 1/4-20 socket and tightening nut built-in. That mechanism (blue arrow) nicely tightens to a 1/4-20 bolt. Borrowing a knurled 1/4-20 ring (purple arrow) from a spare shoe to 1/4-20 adapter, I am able to attach the LEDzilla with a very small (about 5/8 inch) 1/4-20 to 1/4-20 adapter.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #10
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Les,
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner; busy week. If you just unscrew the shoe adapter on the Ikan mount you are left with a 1/4" stud with tightening nut to secure it. The tightening nut is hard black plastic which is why I made a thin rubber washer to help cinch and secure it. If you try it I think it will give you more flexibility in light placement than what you have shown.

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