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Old March 18th, 2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

I was wondering: does any of you have any experience with mounting an EX1R on 'the side', so you can shoot 'portrait' (9:16) instead of 'landscape' (16:9)?
It was just a thought: in photography it's normal to rotate the camera, but is it physically possible with an EX1R? Or will the bolts break, because they can't handle the weight/sheer/stress when the camera is rotated for 90 degrees? (The axis is the lens: just in case it's not clear)


(And yes, I know video/film is a 'landscape-medium'... let's say I have a reason to ask this: just a new idea is forming..)
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Old March 18th, 2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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I was wondering: does any of you have any experience with mounting an EX1R on 'the side', so you can shoot 'portrait' (9:16) instead of 'landscape' (16:9)?
It was just a thought: in photography it's normal to rotate the camera, but is it physically possible with an EX1R? Or will the bolts break, because they can't handle the weight/sheer/stress when the camera is rotated for 90 degrees? (The axis is the lens: just in case it's not clear)


(And yes, I know video/film is a 'landscape-medium'... let's say I have a reason to ask this: just a new idea is forming..)
Given how weak the baseplate is on the camera, it's not something I'd like to try without a specialist rig. Not just a enhanced baseplate (which can be purchased), but something taking the weight of the camera from other points as well.

Might be an application better suited to a DSLR which are designed to work in portrait orientation and are far lighter (depending on the lens used).
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Old March 18th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #3
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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

@ Marcus:

thanks for the quick reply!
Your anwser is what I already was thinking about (using a DSLR or a rig that supports the camera properly). The fact you came up with it without me mentioning it, suggests that a DSLR is the easy way to go.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #4
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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

I have a 'Juiced' plate on my EX1 and it regularly goes upside down on my hot head, while I balance it.

Anyway I thought the EX1R had an improved design?
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Old March 18th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #5
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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

I have fabricated a plate and 90 mount with a diagonal support that works with the camera handle so that all the weight is not bearing on the bottom of the camera. I built this for Green Screen work so that I can move in closer for shooting a full length subject and also use the added resolution when tilting the camera 90 degrees. Very effective and works perfectly. Cheers!
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Old March 19th, 2011, 12:05 AM   #6
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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

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Anyway I thought the EX1R had an improved design?
The EX1R's base plate is marginally better in that it has two 1/4" threaded holes instead of one. But the way it's mounted to the rest of the camera seems to be about the same as the EX1. The EX3 has the worst base plate design between the EX1, EX1R and the EX3. I've got aftermarket base plates for both my EX1R and EX3.

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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

As you may know I do a lot of mods for the EX line.

I also do a lot of custom work.

It would be very easy to make a custom brace/bracket for the EX1R or other EXcam.

I have a machine shop and an EX1R here so I can easily make what you need. It would not be very expensive, probably only in the $100.00 range.

Contact me, we can set up a Skype call and discuss your exact needs.

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Old March 20th, 2011, 03:19 PM   #8
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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

A DSLR mounted on it side will give you no more vertical resolution than an EX1 mounted the right way up. None of the DSLR's come close to the resolution of the EX cameras.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 12:22 PM   #9
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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

@ Alister:

Interesting... do you have a link or can you give some more info on that subject?

@ Olof:

I'll keep it in mind!
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Old March 21st, 2011, 12:37 PM   #10
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Re: Mounting an EX1R under 90 degree angle?

check out this mount designed specially for this


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it seems to go for about $370-400 online
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