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James Patsalides
( - MLife

Locale: New England
Lightweight Camera Tripod? on 11/24/2009 07:56:44 MST Print View

Has anyone built an SUL camera tripod? Needs to support ~1.5lbs, have some kind of leveling mechanism and be stable enough to use on uneven surfaces. I was thinking trekking poles + one CF pole? Ideas?

Edited by on 11/24/2009 07:58:13 MST.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
Depends on what you're using it for. on 11/24/2009 08:23:39 MST Print View

If it's mostly so you can get yourself in the picture StickPic is a great little device.

Edited by herman666 on 11/24/2009 08:24:10 MST.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Lightweight Camera Tripod? on 11/24/2009 08:48:28 MST Print View

James, head into the photography section of this forum and search for "Sub 4 ounce carbon tripod". There have been a few very neat ideas along the same lines as what you are thinking.

Sounds to me like you are looking for something for a bigger camera, but if it's a point and shoot, I made this not too long ago and it works great.

Trekking Pole Camera Mount

Edited by Steve_Evans on 11/24/2009 08:55:24 MST.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Lightweight Camera Tripod on 11/24/2009 09:16:44 MST Print View

Very cool Steven!

Kevin Beeden
(captain_paranoia) - F

Locale: UK
walking pole and guylines? on 11/24/2009 10:52:51 MST Print View

Why not use a single walking pole and three guylines (something low-stretch; dyneema, perhaps?), pegged out with conventional slider adjustments? It won't be as sturdy as an all-pole solution, but with a remote or timer shutter release, I reckon it would do a pretty good job (I often use 2 second timer delay when using my digital camera hand held in low light, as most of the movement comes from pressing that button; the timer gives you time to steady again).

Fit a pan/tilt head (of whatever complexity you feel you need) to the walking pole handle (either one of the poles fitted with a camera mount screw, or else drill and tap your own appropriate hole).

A bit more of a pain to use than a proper tripod, but probably just as easy as two walking poles and a carbon pole. Plus, you can adjust the height, which you may not be able to do if the carbon pole is a fixed length.

Edited by captain_paranoia on 11/24/2009 11:01:03 MST.

Tom Holbrook
(Zandar) - MLife

Locale: Central Coast of California
Camera Tripod on 11/24/2009 19:43:42 MST Print View

Hey all check this out.

I was ready the local fish wrap and saw this gadget listed as one of the techie items for Xmas.

It is a tiny tripod that fits on the top of a bottle, and for a low price of $10 bucks. And, it would be considered Ultra Light.

The Bottle Cap Tripod from Dynomighty Design Inc.

Also, found this other tripod referenced

The Monfrotto Modo Pocket: $20.00


Tom Holbrook
(Zandar) - MLife

Locale: Central Coast of California
Bottle Cap Tripod on 11/24/2009 19:45:02 MST Print View

Here is the direct link to bottle cap tripod

Tom Holbrook
(Zandar) - MLife

Locale: Central Coast of California
Tripod Typo on 11/24/2009 20:06:59 MST Print View

Typo... "ready" should have been "reading"...

my brain works faster than my hands.....


Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: Lightweight Camera Tripod? on 11/24/2009 22:05:30 MST Print View

This thread is worth looking at.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Re: Lightweight Camera Tripod? on 11/25/2009 00:31:18 MST Print View

I'd say so ;)

Yohei Aoyagi
(zzz_bear) - MLife

Locale: Tokyo
Re: Lightweight Camera Tripod? on 11/25/2009 02:21:08 MST Print View

Do you know JOBY Gorilla Pod?
little heavy, but easy adjustable.

Mark Zollinger
(IronRoads) - F
Re: Bottle Cap Tripod on 11/29/2009 19:27:38 MST Print View

Regarding the dynomighty, I don't think it has any sort of tilting options. If that's the case, you can MYO.

I can't find my link to pictures etc (might have been make magazine), but let me describe how to make one that probably weighs considerably less:

- At your local hardware store, find a 1/4-20 nylon bolt (about one inch long is good, YMMV), a matching nylon wingnut, a matching nylon regular nut, and two start lock washers (not nylon, and in any case, optional)

- Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the center of a bottle cap from whatever size bottle you are most likely to have with you while hiking (2 liter soda, power-ade, whatever).

- Feed the nylon bolt up through the hole from the "inside" of the cap, firmly attaching it to the cap with the regular nylon nut (and keeping it in place with the optional star washers, which I've never used myself)

- Thread the wingnut on UPSIDE DOWN so the wings point down towards the cap. (to tell you the truth, the wingnut could be considered optional as well, especially if you are worried about fractions of an ounce)

To use this, screw the cap onto a bottle (not empty since it needs balast to keep from tipping over). Screw the camera onto the nylon bolt. Tighten the wingnut up against the camera to keep it snug.

Note: most of the weight savings comes from using nylon hardware. The original design used stainless steel.

Note 2: I've created a variation that is tiltable, but haven't tried it in the field yet.