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Offline Andrew Lahodynskyj

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Plate for Remote Cameras
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:37 PM »
Hey,

I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a plate for setting a remote camera on. Don't really want to spend a ton of money on this, but want something that will last.

I did some research and found fplate. Anyone have experience with this?

Thanks!


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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 02:11 AM »
Why not just get some steel plate and bolt a ball head to it?


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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 07:12 PM »
I made my own maybe 7 years ago out of aircraft aluminum and turned the screw threads by hand. Used it once.


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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2015, 03:02 PM »
Try the photo aisle at Home Depot :)

I've seen photographers who just use a piece of plywood with a bolt stuck through it. If you don't like wood (or metal), you can also use a chunk of plastic.

Or spend more and get a mini tripod, for example Manfrotto or a GorillaPod?

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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2015, 09:01 PM »
I've seen Manfrotto short background stands used as well.  They're about $80, and you can put a light on it when you're not mounting remote cameras to it.  https://www.vistek.ca/store/ProPhotoLightingStands/230535/manfrotto-012b-backlite-stand-black.aspx


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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2015, 02:52 PM »
Here's a picture that shows a Gorillapod in use.

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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2015, 03:23 PM »
Thanks for the tips guys!

The Gorillapod sounds quite nice.

I have a friend making an 8" x 8" aluminium plate for me out of scrap so I'm going to test that out. Since he's not charging anything, i can always order the Gorillapod if the plate doesn't work for me.

Is there much of a difference between using the plate or a mini tripod?


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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2015, 07:08 PM »
At the Pan Am Games in Toronto last week, a few photographers used the "official" aluminum plate, some used a table-top tripod or a backlite stand, and several photogs just used a black-painted block of plywood.

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Re: Plate for Remote Cameras
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2016, 06:13 PM »
A bit late but you might also get one of these plates. The company that makes this, and a bunch of other stuff, is based in Toronto.