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Old November 24th, 2008, 06:45 AM   #1
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Hanging EX3 upside-down for overhead shot

We need to shoot a chef cutting vegetables in his kitchen from directly overhead. There is a rail system for lights in the kitchen and little trolleys with rods and pantographs (foba.ch/pdf/FOBA_ceiling_rail_system.pdf) used to hang lights that weight more than the Sony EX3, so we want to use this.

Short of making some L-bracket from scratch, is there an existing device or tripod part to screw the camera on and then screw the device to the rod?

Thanks for any help!
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Old November 24th, 2008, 06:49 AM   #2
 
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To get that kind of shot you would use a mirror above the talent/stove.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 07:20 AM   #3
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Mirror

Thanks Jay, if I could avoid it, I'd rather not use a mirror. With HD it's really not improving the picture quality to shoot off the reflection of a mirror. Is there no way to just superclamp the camera from its baseplate to one of the trolleys we have hanging from the ceiling, and then secure it with a cable through the handle? What attachment would I need?
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Old November 24th, 2008, 07:30 AM   #4
 
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Sorry I can't be of more help, Francois. Mirrors are how it's done here in the US, and yes, that's in HD. There is no degrading of the image whatsoever.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #5
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Manfrotto super clamp w/double ball joint

This has worked for me in the past.


Bogen / Manfrotto | 155 Double Ball Joint Head with 2933 Camera

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Old November 24th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #6
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Thanks Chris, this is exactly what I was looking for!
The camera's weight 7 lb 9 oz is within range and I'll secure it with a cable overhead.
Will try and report back!
Thanks a million.
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