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Dec 30, 2017 17:40 |  #1

i find myself often wishing i had a tripod when i didn't plan on lugging one around. i was thinking about getting a joby tripod and wrapping it around the handle on my kids stroller since its usually at night when we are out and i would like to hold a steady long exposure. any recommendations on a clamping style one or would joby be the best versatile choice? any cheap DIY ideas? Link me to a thread if its been asked before, i couldn't find one.




  
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Dec 30, 2017 18:02 |  #2

The joby might be a good candid for what you're asking for depending on how you're using it. It may not handle a full-sized DSLR with a decent sized lens if you're "gripping" or have a wrapped leg on the stroller to hold fast and the lens+camera torques it too much. If you're using it as a tabletop tripod of sorts, it should work. If you're looking to use the stroller as a base, you should look into clamps and use a ballhead on the clamp. I would use something like the following: https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …m_Clamp_with_Ra​tchet.html (external link)

and then add a ballhead to the top of it.


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Dec 30, 2017 18:15 |  #3

Exactly the type of component I’m looking for! If it doesn’t work out I’ll just get a Joby still and I’d be out 18$. Thanks!




  
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Dec 31, 2017 07:54 |  #4

Give it a try buy my guess is this will not work well due to the flexing of the stroller, especially with a rambunctious child on board. I'd suggest you start with a poor man's monopod and see if that works. You can make one by getting a 1/4-20 eyebolt and two nuts. Lock the nuts against each other to limit the amount of thread that screws into the camera body. You don't want it to bottom out in the camera body. Put some cord or chain on the eyebolt that reaches the ground when the camera is at eye level. Stand on the cord which should be tight when you take the picture. This works surprisingly well.




  
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Dec 31, 2017 08:22 |  #5

Bongcruz wrote in post #18529675 (external link)
Exactly the type of component I’m looking for! If it doesn’t work out I’ll just get a Joby still and I’d be out 18$. Thanks!

Those clamps are great.

A ball head would be great on top. You can buy 3/8 threaded rod and use a nut to secure it to the clamp and ball head.

Or just use 1/4 inch rod, a nut on the clamp and then a wing nut or thumb screw to secure the camera to the other end of the rod.


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Dec 31, 2017 09:26 |  #6

i think it will the stroller will be steady. its a double stroller and we even hang two or more bags on the handle. plenty of weight to keep it steady also. I'll let you guys know how it works out.




  
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Jan 01, 2018 18:19 |  #7

In the event that you do eventually want a tripod, you can go to a medical supply store and get a slip-in bag for portable oxygen bottles, that has straps to ordinarily hang the bag off the back of a wheelchair, and use that as a stroller holder for a tripod which you slip in and out of the bag for use.


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Jan 01, 2018 18:53 |  #8

I use an Ultrapod II. It's a mini tripod, but it has a V shaped leg and velcro strap so that it can latch onto any thing.

I've used it on a root of a tree next to a river even...

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Jan 01, 2018 19:45 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #9

I have a normal tripod, I just wanted something small to take when it with family to clamp on the stroller.




  
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Jan 03, 2018 09:18 |  #10

Bongcruz wrote in post #18531260 (external link)
I have a normal tripod, I just wanted something small to take when it with family to clamp on the stroller.

keeping this thread alive, seems like a great idea as my stroller days seem never ending :-P Would be great have an attachment that elevates a few feet and compact. Possibly some sort of holder + small monopod? I'de love to use it for family snaps.


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Jan 03, 2018 11:41 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #11

I would just take a monopod and lash it to the frame then. I would envision adhering velcro around the monopod as the "lash". Extend it up, velcro it up at a slight angle against the handbar (wheels locked) and you'll have a pseudo tripod. The velcro would not allow the monopod to twist due to the camera lens...


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Jan 03, 2018 12:01 |  #12

wunhang wrote in post #18532519 (external link)
I would just take a monopod and lash it to the frame then. I would envision adhering velcro around the monopod as the "lash". Extend it up, velcro it up at a slight angle against the handbar (wheels locked) and you'll have a pseudo tripod. The velcro would not allow the monopod to twist due to the camera lens...

I guess another problem might be that if the stroller is too rear heavy, any attachment can be disastrous.

maybe a monopod straight to the floor with velcro at the handlebars will have to do.


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Jan 03, 2018 12:32 |  #13

Why not carry a travel tripod? If you insist on a monopod over a tripod then you could use a double super clamp to clamp the monopod to the handle of the tripod.


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Jan 03, 2018 12:47 |  #14

Scatterbrained wrote in post #18532548 (external link)
Why not carry a travel tripod? If you insist on a monopod over a tripod then you could use a double super clamp to clamp the monopod to the handle of the tripod.

I typically do have my travel tripod on my stroller, but it's a bit heavy compared to my lighter stuff, like the pixie table tripod or monopod without head. Setup is more cumbersome than I'de like, my monopod is super fast to setup, one twist open all legs, and one twist lock all legs. Downfall, too short. Will look into the double clamp, thanks for the pro tip.


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