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Just an FYI, Lowes carries light weight aluminum square tubes in 8' lengths. That's where I bought mine.

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jcolman wrote in post #5394457external link
Just an FYI, Lowes carries light weight aluminum square tubes in 8' lengths. That's where I bought mine.

Do you happen to have Lows' part number?

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jcolman wrote in post #5394457external link
Just an FYI, Lowes carries light weight aluminum square tubes in 8' lengths. That's where I bought mine.

ever wondered why race cars and roll cages are built tubular???

Copared to square tubing the round stuff is several times stronger and tends to have less flex

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aridan wrote in post #5394103external link
How much did they charge you to fabricate those? Also, what length did you get?

And yes, I can attest that Home Depot does not carry any LIGHT WEIGHT aluminum poles. They only carry electrical galvanized HEAVY bastards. The closest thing I found was an 8' pole hanger but that thing was too soft. I accidentally dropped it on the floor while in the store and the end that got hit first bent from the impact. :confused:

They charge by the pound. Aluminum metal is made by melting aluminum oxide, or alumina, with other metals to form an alloy. They do this by passing an electric cathode through the molten metal to combine them. The amount of current needed to do this is very high. Subsequently, do to higher energy cost, different factories will undoubtadly charge more depending on your location.

The welding shops will put their price mark up for sure, but I didn't pay more than $25 for an 8 ft section.

I have my own thread for building rigs, but this one seems to be trying to overshadow them all.

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Zilly wrote in post #5395020external link
ever wondered why race cars and roll cages are built tubular???

Copared to square tubing the round stuff is several times stronger and tends to have less flex

This is true. While I'm perfectly happy with my first rig, my next one will be made of tubing. One benefit of square tubing however is that it's easier to bolt things to it.

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aridan wrote in post #5394853external link
Do you happen to have Lows' part number?

Sorry no.

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Does anyone know if I can use my 488RC2 ballhead and screw it straight into a Manfrotto Superclamp? Or will I require some adapter between the two? If I can use my 488RC2 I'll forgo buying a dedicated mounting setup.

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Yes you can provided you have the brass spigot that slots into the hex shaped hole on the bottom of the superclamp. That will give you the right thread for the base of the Manfrotto head...

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Jay McLaughlin wrote in post #5395489external link
Yes you can provided you have the brass spigot that slots into the hex shaped hole on the bottom of the superclamp. That will give you the right thread for the base of the Manfrotto head...

Thanks. I just purchased a Manfrotto SuperClamp with Standard Stud (not pictured in the following link: http://www.adorama.com​/BG2900.htmlexternal link). Is that what you are referring to as "spigot"?

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Yeah it should be. It goes into the large hole on the bottom

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Jay McLaughlin wrote in post #5396835external link
Yeah it should be. It goes into the large hole on the bottom

Cool thanks. :)

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Ok so I got impatient, so here's a motion test. It's overexposed because it's far too sunny for these shots and I don't have an ND for this lens yet.

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Need to work on stopping the sideways flex as there's just a bit too much.

This shot was at half a second with me pushing veeeeeeeeeery slowly!

maybe if you put another strut with wire on it, at 90degrees to the first, and both of them 45 degrees from vertical
so they hold the boom up and stop it from swaying side to side like \o/

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CorzyPhoto wrote in post #5389208external link
n1nj4 - That is one ghetto fab rig! LOL Works well though!

Lol, thanks :). The thing I love about my rig vs the other rigs on here is portability. The rig fits in my car (Acura Integra) and with the help of a friend we literally take 2 minutes to set up. It's crucial because the places we take our pictures at are public places and we want to get in and out without blocking any other cars. I wish my rig has less bounce on rough roads but it's not a problem on smoother roads.

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maybe if you put another strut with wire on it, at 90degrees to the first, and both of them 45 degrees from vertical
so they hold the boom up and stop it from swaying side to side like \o/

That's a great idea, but post processing to edit out the rig would not be fun :confused:

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Echo63 wrote in post #5398402external link
maybe if you put another strut with wire on it, at 90degrees to the first, and both of them 45 degrees from vertical
so they hold the boom up and stop it from swaying side to side like \o/

Already got a plan!

Just waiting for a few more bits to turn up ;)

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