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Mar 10, 2013 20:53 |  #1

Anyone know of a way to make a disposable tripod on site for one or two shots? We'll be back packing through Europe and while I've committed to carry a camera and a couple lens I don't feel like lugging a tripod along. Anyone know of any tricks? Of course I know about using ledges, bricks, walls but feel I need something else. Would like a way to steady the camera for night exposures and longer shutter speeds.


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Mar 10, 2013 20:58 |  #2

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Anyone know of a way to make a disposable tripod on site for one or two shots? We'll be back packing through Europe and while I've committed to carry a camera and a couple lens I don't feel like lugging a tripod along. Anyone know of any tricks? Of course I know about using ledges, bricks, walls but feel I need something else. Would like a way to steady the camera for night exposures and longer shutter speeds.

Not disposable but easy to carry in a bag
http://joby.com/gorill​apod (external link)


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Mar 10, 2013 21:09 |  #3

What about bringing a ball head and attaching it to a small piece of wood? Like a 4"x4" piece of plywood.

You can use found objects to weigh down the small piece of wood, and then use the tripod head to position the camera.

The joby is also a really good idea.


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Mar 10, 2013 21:27 as a reply to  @ Koz21's post |  #4

Personally, I would go with PVC for a small tripod, it is very light, and can be dealt with accordingly after you are done with it. (Give it to someone there in Europe)

First, if you are only talking a DSLR and a smallish lens, then it shouldn't be a problem at all. If not, a weighty bird or wildlife type lens, it may not, and probably is not, a good thing. :)

If you look at PVC pieces, they can tell you what you need to know, (hopefully) if you are wanting a larger, normal sized tripod, I wouldn't advise it, although, it is doable. I make stuff out of PVC all of the time, in extreme heat it can get soft and bend, and in extreme cold, it 'could', but probably wouldn't, break. It's not perfect, but in a normal weather pattern, this can work for you, and work really well.

The hardest part is connecting the camera to the PVC, the thing you need most is the 1/4x20 bolts, that is the thing that will attach your camera to the (squarish) tripod base. (You could screw a tripod base-plate of your choice on it too, to make it easy to release)
The base is whatever you want to use, but something that is safe for your camera. (By the way, this is a disposable tripod, so don't leave the camera on it unattended, you might regret it) All this will be is three short (3'?) pieces of PVC pipe (schedule 40 thickness) and the bolt and a base-plate. Stare at a tripod and I would imagine that you should soon see what you need to build to suit your trip. A few 45 degree elbows, and a piece of acrylic for a place to attach your elbows for your legs. Using good screws, it wouldn't be anywhere near what a 'real' tripod could do, but it'd work.
By the way, this can be easily made to dismantle so you can stick in in a bag/carrier of some sort...

I would never build a PVC tripod to use daily, to keep, but in a situation like yours, that sounds like it might be what you need to do. You could use wood, which would be a lot more sturdy, and heavier too, that would also be disposable, it's all in what you want to try and do.

Anyway, this may sound crazy to you, but it may be a jump start for an idea, hopefully it helps some. :)

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Mar 10, 2013 21:34 |  #5

Bean bag. Eat the beans or rice and pack the bag.




  
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Mar 10, 2013 21:35 as a reply to  @ recrisp's post |  #6

Here's a really quick and easy tripod that is (partially) made from PVC.

http://www.iceshanty.c​om/ice_fishing/index.p​hp?topic=165689.0 (external link)

In case all else fails, use this, it actually works for what it is, it can't hold a camera and let you take group shots. heheh (The top one is the one I am referring to)
http://crave.cnet.co.u​k …hotography-tips-49304077/ (external link)


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Mar 10, 2013 21:45 as a reply to  @ recrisp's post |  #7

I saw amphoto suggest one made out of rope. Looks and sounds perfect for what you need. You put the rope under your feet, and pull up on it.

Anyone remember this, or know about it?

oops.. looks like Randy posted it. :oops:


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Mar 10, 2013 22:15 as a reply to  @ 1Tanker's post |  #8

Here's is a 'pod' that can be used in a LOT of ways, but it's not very tall, you could make it taller, but I don't know how you plan on using yours.

This guy is fun to watch anyway... :)

http://shelf3d.com/yin​eIrXyDjs#Multi%20Pod (external link)

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Mar 10, 2013 22:25 |  #9

J Michael wrote in post #15700329 (external link)
Bean bag. Eat the beans or rice and pack the bag.

This.


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Mar 10, 2013 22:34 |  #10

I'll third the bean bag suggestion.


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Mar 10, 2013 23:03 |  #11

There's a foldable walking stick that's easily converted into a monopod. The manufacturer is The Folstaf Company.


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Mar 10, 2013 23:33 |  #12

Get a 1/4-20 screw and tie a string to it. Step on the string and put tension on it to stabilize the camera. Kind of an oddball monopod.


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Mar 11, 2013 00:50 as a reply to  @ Luxornv's post |  #13

Since I am no good with a sewing machine I hit up my sister to make me some bags with zippers in them. I found some material with a quasi rubber backing and she made them so that they are about 6x6x4". When I am traveling I can use whatever material is handy to fill them with or failing nothing suitable I will stop and buy some beans, rice, etc., anything that will form around the base of the camera. Sorry I am not at home right now otherwise I would have made some pictures of them. I empty them when I travel. I came across this idea while traveling to Hawaii where I was using a simple plastic bag that I would fill with beach sand. It works ok, not as good as a real tripod but fills the void when in a pinch.

I have bought many a tripod over the years for traveling and I recently ordred a MeFOTO GlobeTrotter (external link). I saw a person using one of these while recently in Hawaii and it seemed good enough for basic use and it doesn't weigh a whole lot and should fit into one of my larger suitcases.


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Mar 11, 2013 08:07 as a reply to  @ ssim's post |  #14

My gosh, such great ideas, all of them. I had no idea about the string of PVC although I have thought about trying a bean bag. And for the MeFOTO tripad I think I'll get one of them just for using around home. Seems really well built and lite. The guy in the video for the multipod takes the cake though. lol. Thanks everyone.


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Mar 11, 2013 08:21 |  #15

The string "tripod" does work as it gives you resistance to work against which helps keep the camera steady.

Also the (refillable) beanbag idea is a good one. A pack of cheap rice or beans bought at the destination and you are good to go (and they can be easily disposed off especially if you chose jelly beans!!!! :D)


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