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Old October 16th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #1
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Steady Stick to tripod and back

Has anyone come up with an easy, fast way to go from a Steady Stick to a tripod and/or the other way? I can see times when I'd want to quickly go from hand-held to a tripod or vice-versa.

Yeah, I know, hit the gym to build up my upper body strength and forget about using rigs. (Just came from a session with my personal trainer aka personal torturer and I ache from ankles to ears!)
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Old October 16th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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Hi Bill,

I guess you're meaning a MonoPod for the "Steady Stick".

Try getting two "Quick Release" mounting units and put one on each.

I use one on each of my 4 Cams and 3 TriPods, Monpod, Shoulder Mount, ChestPod, HandPod, ect.

Can change between them all in seconds.

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Old October 17th, 2006, 07:35 AM   #3
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I guess you're meaning a MonoPod for the "Steady Stick".
No, I really mean the Davis & Sanford Steady Stick by Tiffen:

http://www.tiffen.com/SteadyStick.htm

I'm guessing there is no fast-and-dirty way to do what I want, but I could be wrong. Good thing I'm doing a 2-camera shoot and I can just pick up the 2nd camera footage in post to cover me fumbling the Steady Stick adaptor off and the tripod adaptor on, then to swap back again.

Or, even better, since the hand-held part shouldn't last too long (famous last words) I'll ignore the Steady Stick.

The following week I have a 3-day shoot (OK, 2.5 days -- it won't start til 5pm Friday) that will involve hours of hand-held, and quite a bit of fixed position tripod as well. However I'll have (barely) adequate time to go from one to the other so swapping adaptors won't be a problem ... I hope.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:48 AM   #4
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Hi Bill,

I've got my MonoPod set up similar to that, in addition it being a straight MonoPod. (Bogen 3218)

I made a vertical articulating head and a removeable side handle, along with a belt holder. Much cheaper than the "Steady Stick", and will do much of what it does.

Still seems the Quick Release units would work. Does it not have a Quick Release mount on it ?? If not, I'd think it should have one OEM.

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Old October 17th, 2006, 03:07 PM   #5
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Maybe one of these http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/pid/3264
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Old October 17th, 2006, 04:04 PM   #6
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Umm, well, ummm ...

Gee, why didn't I think of that? I'd need two: one base on the Steady Stick and one on my tripod.

Thanks Guy.

BTW, I bought the Steady Stick from DVeStore. Fantastic price and quick delivery. Now, about those quick release adaptors ...
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Old October 17th, 2006, 05:05 PM   #7
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Hi Bill,

That's the idea. The one Guy points you to, is a better grade than those I've been using for years now. Since my biggest Cam is a TRV-950, the SIMA units I use work just fine, at about $10 a pop. If I had a bigger Cam, I'd use heavier duty Quick Release units.

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Old October 17th, 2006, 07:40 PM   #8
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Harold, what would you suggest for a DVX100a?
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Old October 17th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #9
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Hi Bill,

Since the 100a is both larger and heavier that my 950, I'd go with a stouter Quick Release unit like the one Guy pointed you to, or at least one of similar quality. More $$$, but more safety for the Cam. The SIMA units I use, I'd be reluctant to use with a 100a or similar sized Cam.

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Old October 17th, 2006, 10:41 PM   #10
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I use one of the Bogen QR assemblies (the one Guy mentioned) on my monopod so I can switch to my tripod in a snap. It's perfect for my DVX, very robust, and the plates work with the 501 and 503 heads(not sure about the 516). I think I paid around $55 with shipping from B&H.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 09:26 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. Chris, I'm supposed to be receiving a used tripod with a 501 head and it is good to know that I'd only have to buy one adaptor.

That is, I sent some guy on another forum a check but haven't heard a thing about the tripod shipping yet; almost a week ago he did tell me he got the check. I hope I didn't just throw my money away.
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