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Old September 8th, 2004, 01:14 PM   #1
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Looking for a tripod with suction cups

Like i said , tripod or camera mouinting system for a still camera that can suction onto things like car windows, etc. Any recommendations?
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Old September 8th, 2004, 01:34 PM   #2
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http://gomediamonkey.com/products/cinemount3028.htm

I've been using one of these to stick my XL1s (and some smaller cameras too) all over serveral firetrucks... got some real cool shots from some crazy angles. It also has an indicator that lets you know when the vacuum is starting to fail.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 03:26 PM   #3
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Bogen (Manfrotto) also makes a suction cup mount system.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 05:15 PM   #4
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Manfrotto 3028 head CLICK HERE

Manfrotto 3500 pump cup CLICK HERE

Some assembly... i.e. 10 seconds worth... required.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 05:59 PM   #5
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What do you guys think of the Film Tools offerings? They look rock soild, I'd be very comfortable with a 3-point setup, but it's quite an expense.

http://store.yahoo.com/cinemasupplies/filmedweigca.html

There's just something about a single-cup that I don't trust....

Chris, how fast and how far have you travelled with your XL1 on that Bogen mount? Have you done any serious cornering? How did wind resistance affect high speed shots?
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Old September 8th, 2004, 07:09 PM   #6
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I've done quite a lot of cornering and travelled fairly fast with the XL1 on the suction cup, but I'm always giving the pump a couple extra pushes whenever I can and always have the camera attached to the vehicle with a tether. It's a very smooth shot, but that's because firetrucks are so heavy... on cars I do notice a lot more shake, but still very usable.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 08:28 PM   #7
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We have 4 of them.

http://www.stickypod.com/

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Old September 9th, 2004, 10:30 PM   #8
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This isn't the first time I've said this... and (sigh)... it won't be the last...

Everybody would do themselves well to investigate the total spread of Manfrotto's offerings.

The above pump cup and tripod head was just my way of saying, "here is what this other guy put together and is calling his own product".

Manfrotto makes several configurations of the pump cups and there's a lot of clamps, brackets, magic arms, and various mounts, poles, lighting gear... I could go on and on.

You can make ANYTHING you want out of top grade stuff... all from the Manfrotto catalog.

Some guy on dv.com was pushing a car mount he made... it was around a grand. I could make that SAME mount with about $200 worth of Manfrotto goods.

Check it out... even a B&H Lighting catalog will show you enough to make 90% of this stuff.

Assembly is about as complicated as mounting a light or attaching a fluid head to the top of a tripod... Think of it as a tinker-toy set where you have to select each component at a cost of about $30 per part.
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Old September 11th, 2004, 10:02 AM   #9
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There are car mount plans in my book "Killer camera Rigs that you can build". It will stick to the inside of a window as well and uses four suction cup points. You can check out a QT movie of the rig in action on my web site to see if it might fit your needs:

http://www.dvcamerarigs.com/killercontents.html

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Old September 11th, 2004, 02:34 PM   #10
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Nice review at Tom's Hardware for the Sticky Pod products. They mount it on a car (up to 135 mph) and on a Cessna 152. Videos of the results, too.

http://graphics.tomshardware.com/video/20040806/index.html
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