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Jan 13, 2018 19:08 |  #1

I made a shoe for my 70-200 lens to get better balance with the monopod and the tripod. I used 3/8" acrylic since it has rigid properties as well as being an easily machinable material.
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Jan 13, 2018 19:13 |  #2

The completed assembly on the tripod


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This unit took me only about an hour to make. The cradle was the only mildly trick part. I got it the right size and then glued it on to the plate.
The cradle not only supports the lens, but provides two points of contact to minimise any flex in the shoe.
A fun and useful little project that I think most people would find manageable.

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Jan 14, 2018 21:54 |  #3

Nicely done! I'd have concerns about plastic not having enough strength to cope, but that's me probably being paranoid...


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Jan 16, 2018 07:43 as a reply to joeseph's post |  #4

Acrylic is very strong and durable. It's the next best thing to aluminum. I used 3/8" so I could tap a decent thread in it, but I didn't have to go that thick for strength. I'd have to hit that plate with a sledge hammer to break it.




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Jan 16, 2018 12:29 |  #5

Even stronger than acrylic, but somewhat more difficult to machine, is Lexan.


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Jan 16, 2018 19:36 as a reply to Wilt's post |  #6

Yeah, you could use any number of materials for something like this. I used a scrap I had from another project. My local Tap Plastic sells approximately 1' × 1' scraps for a dollar each, so I stock up whenever I go there.




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Jan 17, 2018 16:49 |  #7

Very cool, is this replacing the tripod ring that most 70-200s have?




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Jan 17, 2018 17:20 |  #8

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #18543334 (external link)
Very cool, is this replacing the tripod ring that most 70-200s have?

Don't have a ring myself. My tripod head is offset, so the balance is goofy to begin with. This shoe restores that. The shoe can also be used with a monopole simply by using the other mounting hole, which is at the balance point.
I thought about doing a slot, but it's unnecessary with my limited inventory of lenses.




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Feb 04, 2018 10:34 |  #9

Soft Focus wrote in post #18543346 (external link)
Don't have a ring myself. My tripod head is offset, so the balance is goofy to begin with. This shoe restores that. The shoe can also be used with a monopole simply by using the other mounting hole, which is at the balance point.
I thought about doing a slot, but it's unnecessary with my limited inventory of lenses.

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