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Old July 14th, 2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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I have need to shoot with my camera (an HV30 + Brevis35 + rails rig) mounted on it's side so as to shoot full-frame "vertical."

I'm looking for some ideas as to the best, most solid options for getting this thing on it's side and still retain the basic functionality of the tripod.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 01:06 AM   #2
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I'm looking for the same thing for my HMC150 and have not found a "product" yet.

Got some greenscreen work in a couple of weeks and want to try the vertical framing to get a better use of the camera's resolution.

I will be visiting my local hardware store to buy a 1/8" thick piece of metal about 3-4" wide and 12" long, bend it into an "L", drill a hole and get a 1/4-20 screw for the camera and a nut to weld for the quick release plate to mount to.
Should cost about $5.

I thought about using wood as it's way easier to work with but the metal will hold up better.
Maybe I can make a few and sell 'em!! HaHa!
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Old November 11th, 2009, 10:43 PM   #3
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So here's the update...machinist friend not needed...Home Depot run today found strapping metal for house framing in 2" wide already bent into a perfect L. It's about an 1/8" thick and even held in my heavy vise I couldn't bend it using all my weight.
Bottom is about 4" and top is about 8". Cut about 2" off the upper and smoothed the edges. Got 1/4-20 nuts and bolts (pair) to mount the QR plate for my Manfrotto and the upper will get a 1/4-20 thumbscrew for the camera and a smaller bolt brazed to the bracket for the stabilizer pin. Once assembled, it'll get a coat of primer and black paint and total cost will be $27 for a pair (friend wants one too) with all hardware and paint!

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Here's the finished. It's not the prettiest but not too bad (I'm not great at brazing!)
CHEAP and functional! Still allows full use of the tripod and when I need to mount to a teleprompter for greenscreen work, it'll work just fine!
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