Build Your Own Tripod Mount

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A DIY guide on how create a tripod mount for any camera!

Don’t be too disappointed if your new Lomography camera does not come with a mount for your tripods. With about 5 dollars and a quick visit to your hardware store you can easily do one yourself!

Supplies:

  • A small piece of wood. (picked one up off a broken pallet at work – free)
  • A small clamp, I chose one that opens to 1.5 inches, depending on camera thickness you may want one a bit bigger. (about 3.50)
  • Two J-Bolts, large enough to fit snugly over the clamp base. (60 cents each)
  • One Tee-Nut, in the same size as the tripod thread – 1/4inch (11 cents)

Total price: $4.81

Tool wise you’ll need a drill, a wrench, and a hammer, and various drill bits up to just under 1/4".

The first step was to get all the supplies together. Next, you’ll want to hold the clamp to your wood and mark, with a sharpie, where you are going to drill. For added stability drill one hole on each side of the clamp. Use a small bit for the first drilling. Next, widen the holes using slightly larger bits until your J-Bolts slide in with just a little bit of force. Now, drill a small hole, halfway down into the wood, in the middle, between your two current holes.

Now that you have two holes all the way through the wood, and one halfway; you can start assembly.

Hammer the Tee-Nut into the middle hole. This is where the tripod will attach. Flip the wood over and insert the J-Bolts part of the way. Get the clamp fitted between the bolts and tighten them fully. You’ll want to use a wrench to make sure its super secure, you don’t want the clamp to be able to shift at all.

Finally, you’re done! That only took about 15 minutes to build. Just attach the tripod to the bottom and insert the camera into the clamp.

Note: You’ll want to be careful when clamping your camera, too much pressure and you might break it, too little and it won’t be sturdy.

I clamped mine to one side, so as not to interfere with any lenses. It seems really stable. Since Lomography cameras are so light, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Additionally, you could add a soft piece of fabric to each side of the clamp, so it doesn’t scratch or leave any marks on your pretty camera, I suggest the soft end of velcro. Which, conveniently, is already sticky most the time so application is a breeze.

Now I just need to figure out how to make a cable release for it… Maybe that will be my next project! =)

written by nikkee on 2009-04-08 in #gear #tipster

8 Comments

  1. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Very clever! Cool.

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

    Nice :) i like this idea :)

  3. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    nice project. I had a similar idea but mine was a complete failure

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    ahah good job !

  5. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    great! but that wud be more than $5 wher im living.hahaha

  6. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Cool man. I like these problem solving tips. And when all else fails there's always duct tape.

  7. nikkee
    nikkee ·

    thanks :) the pictures ended up in a really weird order.. I had them supplies then step by step

    hope its usable to someone besides me :)

  8. beatboulette
    beatboulette ·

    Need a cable release? Try to make a little hollow(?) in the shutter and then take this one: www.amazon.de/Hama-00005345-Drahtausl%C3%B6ser-f%C3%BCr-Dig…

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