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Old September 17th, 2006, 07:47 PM   #1
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Tripod adapter for tape removal on the A1?

Iv'e read over the last few months about different adapters. Can someone recommend a good one and send a link if you could?

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Old September 18th, 2006, 04:25 AM   #2
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One of these
http://www.dm-accessories.com/shop/i...=index&cPath=2

I have the PROAT, which also has an accessory mount bar. If you don't need that then look at the PROT. Or the SHIM if it fits your tripod.
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Old September 26th, 2006, 08:44 PM   #3
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Hi John,

Sounds like you need a "Bottom Loader" fix up. If so, I've simply made my own for my two Bottom Loader Sonys. A D-8 and a Mini-DV unit. Sent me a PM with your E-Mail, and I'll send you pics. You should be able to make your own on the cheap.

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Old September 26th, 2006, 09:16 PM   #4
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Bought the one from the post above, thanks...

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Hi John,

Sounds like you need a "Bottom Loader" fix up. If so, I've simply made my own for my two Bottom Loader Sonys. A D-8 and a Mini-DV unit. Sent me a PM with your E-Mail, and I'll send you pics. You should be able to make your own on the cheap.

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Old September 27th, 2006, 05:14 AM   #5
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I actually prefer the Cavision one over the DeMaagd one, as the Cavision one has several advantages over the DeMaagd accessory.
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Old September 27th, 2006, 11:00 AM   #6
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I actually prefer the Cavision one over the DeMaagd one, as the Cavision one has several advantages over the DeMaagd accessory.
What are the several advantages of the Cavision adapter? I am also trying to decide which adapter to purchase.
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Old October 1st, 2006, 03:43 AM   #7
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I have the Cavision one, it's tiny and only rises the camera about 3/4 inch. It may not work for you if you are putting the camera directy on a tripod with a large mounting surface, but using it with the Cavision rod kit that I have, it works well. Very small and concise, much less intrusive than the others I've seen.

I should point out that due to it's fairly small size and small L-shaped surface which the camera rests on, when I cinch down the camera on the rods set-up, it tends to pull the camera into a slightly un-level state, pulling down on the 'empty' side of the adaptor, the right-hand tape-eject side. I almost think the adaptor could use an extended 'c' shape base for the camera to rest on rather than the 'L' shape it has. Again, a flaw in the entire Sony/A1U 'bottom-loading' design is making the adaptor necessary in the first place, so it's likely a losing battle all of these adaptors have to face.

It's a well-made black anodized aluminum CNC'ed piece, and it's affordable; if I recall it was about $35 US, and Cavision has been a helpful company to interact with.

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Old October 24th, 2006, 05:29 AM   #8
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I have the same problem with Bill and the cavision one in that it pulls everything up. I have bought the other one mentioned earlier. It's more substantial. It will interesting to see how they compare
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