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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:56 am
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For those interested,

Here are descriptions and images of my new camera pole I used this weekend.

Side View

Side view without camera

I made this set up with the ability to use different cameras, although it is not completely universal. I used a machined bolt with two nuts for the lever fulcrum , that way I could adjust the height for what ever camera I was using. The various holes drilled into the plate are for positioning the lever along with the cable guide. The lever is folded sheet metal and has a rubber nipple that is slotted so I can adjust it's position. Friction keeps it in position. The lever has holes drilled into it to run the mono filament line. The line stays in place by friction and makes for a very simple and quick adjusting system. The cable piping is from a bicycle brake kit that I cut to size and removed the steel braid insert, the mono filament line has much less drag and doesn't fray.

Articulated

I articulated the head in order to get better angles when photographing downward. The joint came from an old desk lamp. I replaced the pivot stud with a standard bolt and wing-nut to simplify the adjusting angle.

This picture is of inside the cupola of an M551 using this feature.

Cupola

I was standing on the ground besides the tank when I took it.

Handle

The handle was made from an old "Wet Mop" I found laying around the house. It provided the perfect angle and a trigger too. Very convenient. I cut down the trigger and installed a cable stop made from aluminum stock with a hex key screw to secure the line. The stop pivots within the handle to keep the cable aligned when pulled. It also allows me to replace the line easily if it gets wore out.

Complete kit

The whole thing breaks down into three pieces (more if I get extension poles), doesn't take up much more space than a tripod and is very light. Takes about 5-10 minutes to set up and take pictures.

If any one wants more details I can PM them all the info they need to make one.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:03 pm
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You should patent this!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:30 pm
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That's very ingenious! I agree, you should patent it. Now, how to add a fibre optic 'scope to see through the viewfinder.........

Cheers

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:53 pm
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Thanks for the compliments,

Not sure about the patent thing or if there would be much of a market for something like this. Started off as a simple solution to the problem of not being allowed to climb on display tanks at Fort McCoy when I was there. Just evolved to this so far.

Maybe a few folks trying to peep over fences into nudist bathing pools Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:09 pm
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Shades would buy it for that last reason Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:17 am
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Very nice, Joe! If you ever going into manufacturing it then let us know - I don't have the skill to make something like that myself. I can imagine it could have other uses in a smaller form, e.g. paparazzi shooting over the top of a crowd, or anyone at a sporting event.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:55 pm
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- Joe_D
For those interested,

Here are descriptions and images of my new camera pole I used this weekend .....

Joe D


What you do with your pole on the weekend is your business .. Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:23 pm
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Dang - it's too late for Joe to patent it!

Here's a 'Quikpod' that I came across today that looks like it could be just the job for getting a bit of extra height when taking overhead pictures of tanks. The video on the home page is a bit dull, but covers its capabilities pretty well:

www.quikpod.com/Home.asp

There's also a bigger version intended for DSLRs:

www.quikpod.com/dslr.asp

The prices are pretty good too ($35-$50).

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:44 pm
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The quick pod is nice, however it has an big dis-advantage against the "Joe-d quick pod"

Joe is able to "trigger" the camera by hand with his lever mechanisme

What I can see from the picture's is that the quick pod has to work with camera timer

Not all camera's will autofocus using the timer function Neutral

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:52 pm
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I've seen a few 'professional' camera poles but have yet to find one that is up to the task.

My 'Joe D' pole is admittedly primitive, but gets those unique angles. I used Joes initial pole design and was able to 'cobble' together a workable system.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:08 pm
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Maybe a few folks trying to peep over fences into nudist bathing pools Laughing

Joe D


I'm sure the C-C resident tree rat is already working on it now. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:39 am
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Dang - it's too late for Joe to patent it!

Here's a 'Quikpod' that I came across today that looks like it could be just the job for getting a bit of extra height when taking overhead pictures of tanks. The video on the home page is a bit dull, but covers its capabilities pretty well:

www.quikpod.com/Home.asp

There's also a bigger version intended for DSLRs:

www.quikpod.com/dslr.asp

The prices are pretty good too ($35-$50).



I ordered one of these DSLR ones today - I'll report back once I've tried it out (hopefully at Overloon).


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:24 am
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Trevor,

I'm sure many here await your review.

Still can't locate mine, lost or packed away somewhere between my old house, barn or garage.

Moving, what a PIA. This will be my last though, next will be 6 feet under or "The Old Soldiers Home", depending on how well I age Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:07 pm
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Trevor, what kind of camera are you going to mount on it?

I have some plan to assemble my version, currently waiting for some components

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I nearly ordered an EOS 600D today, it was just the cost that made me hesitate (£750) after spending hours online looking for the best price. I'll almost certainly order it tomorrow. I'm sure the price will drop significantly over the next few months, but I need it now.

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