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Quick release camera mount for Panfish or Dogbone?

Discussion in 'Mounting Systems' started by Jeff Little, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Jeff Little

    Jeff Little New Member

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    I have an old beat up tripod that I won't give up because of one feature. The part that screws into the camera is a small plate that quick clips into and out of a tripod. It allows me to switch from tripod to hand held and back again in no time. The screwing an entire camera into and out of the end of a Panfish each time I want to video or photo something close up, or in a different direction is a barrier to my doing it. I miss shots that I would take if it weren't such an investment in time to unscrew the whole thing. Anyone have any ideas?
    Here's a cheap one that has the "quick release mounting plate"
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=tripod+camera&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1760&bih=1054&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=16621638565539035494&sa=X&ei=kufbT4-uAeOA6gGE5_2UCw&ved=0COoBEPMCMAI#ps-sellers
     
  2. Shaun

    Shaun Member

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    Hey Jeff I have cheap Wal Mart tripod that looks similar to yours. I just pulled it out and looked at the way it was made. The head assembly unscrews from the rest of the tripod. A screwball could be mounted to the head by drilling one 1/4" hole in the center of the head. Then the tripod head could be mounted to a panfish or a panfish portrait via the screwball.
    Here's a picture of the tripod head unscrewed and the 1"screwball being held as I would mount it.
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    And a close up shot.
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    The hole to be drilled would obviously be where my thumb is placed.
     
  3. GlockGuy

    GlockGuy Member

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    I agree that a quick-release of some sort would be a welcome addition, as long as it's still secure.
     
  4. robchoi

    robchoi New Member

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    I've had similar issues and mentioned it to Luther a while back. I'm sure he's thinking of something as we speak.
     

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