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How do you mount a DSLR to a car?

 
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Sep 27, 2012 01:32 |  #1

How do I mount a DSLR to the front of a car safely?

Car can be going as fast as 50-60mph and placement will be either on the hood or on the roof.

Any suggestions would be great!


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Sep 27, 2012 05:36 |  #2

pxchoi wrote in post #15048537 (external link)
How do I mount a DSLR to the front of a car safely?

Car can be going as fast as 50-60mph and placement will be either on the hood or on the roof.

Any suggestions would be great!

If you search for "suction cup" on B&H's site you'll get several results for suction cup camera mounts. I don't know how much I'd trust them with holding a few thousand dollars worth of camera equipment will driving at any speed but I guess if you're brave enough.....

Also Peak Designs (the company that make the capture clip) is working on a roof rack mount for the Capture Clip. Unknown how long it will be before that get release though.




  
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Sep 27, 2012 06:14 |  #3

if you want the camera to point FROM the car and out, like the hood to show where you'r going or something like that then i cannot help, if however you want to show the car in action, i found an amazing thread that really shows some Q stuff:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=490505


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Sep 27, 2012 08:18 |  #4

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Sep 27, 2012 08:40 |  #5

Johndyman,

This thread is about rig shots if you read it the speed ia about 5-10mph.....not 50 or 60mph....

If you can bolt it down fine,....imagine a camera coming off @ 50-60mph....

"Well your Honor , its like this,....Ididnt think it would come off ....."""


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Sep 27, 2012 08:40 |  #6

For those speeds? Redundantly.

If one suction cup will hold, then use three. If suction cups will hold, then also use tie down straps, ideally mounted in an X formation. On the roof straps are easy enough to wrap around through the doors on most cars.

Remember to provide a padded surface everywhere something has a chance to rub, and make sure things are tightened down properly and angled so as not to catch the wind more than needed.

You may also want to look at devising some kind of housing unit for the camera itself. At those speeds a thrown pebble or something is going to do a nice number to your gear if it makes contact. Not to mention most DSLRs are not the most aerodynamic devices out there.


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Sep 27, 2012 08:57 |  #7

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Sep 27, 2012 09:00 |  #8

That works too, just watch for loose ends. And make sure the owner isn't there when you take it off so you have a head start if the paint peels. (Actually, making sure the owner isn't there is a good suggestion for any nice paint job involving something like this. Any method has the potential to damage the surface in some way, so best to be able to break the news to them gently.)


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Sep 27, 2012 09:58 |  #9

Gaffers tape won't leave residue or peel off paint. But I deffenitely don't suggest that for traveling 50-60 MPH
Why do you need to be going that fast?


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Sep 27, 2012 23:37 |  #10

Avenger suction pump.


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Sep 28, 2012 00:29 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #11

Heres how i did it

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1 superclamp and a bucketload of safery cables. (not all the safety cables are done up - a friend took this pic while it was being set up

If i were doing it again i would be using 3-4 pump cups and magic arms and a "cheeseplate" to bolt the camera too.

This worked well up to about 160kph (100mph)
There was a bit if movement in the camera, but i dis try to use the safety cables to tension it and stop forward and back movement

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