I want to make a camera platform(out of wood) so that its height can be
adjusted on a 1" thick dowel-sort of home made camera copy stand.I used
oak but it too hard to hold onto the dowel without slipping.
I bought one of the cheap ones from amazon about 10 years ago, and for
my rare, occasional use it's still working just fine. Checking on
Craigstlist does indeed show several used models, starting at $10.
Would this work:
'RULAND MANUFACTURING Quick Clamp Shaft Collar, 1In Bore - Shaft Collars
- 5DFH5|QCL-16-A - Grainger Industrial Supply'
It's an anodized aluminum collar with a 1 inch ID. It uses a cam lock
for quick locking and unlocking. It's about $36.
Drill a series of holes in the 1" dowel for a smaller dowel (say 1/4" or
so) that would rest on the stand's top plate. No holding necessary.
Now how you get a camera attached to the top of a 1" dowel is an excuse
for another off the wall post.
Don't use a wooden dowel. Get a 1" plumbing pipe and you'll find plenty
of options for friction clamps that will grab the pipe without slipping.
You can mount the bottom of the pipe to the wooden base of the copy
stand using a threaded mount with a flange that has a bunch of holes in
the base. You'd screw the flange to the base of the stand with wood screws.
I'd use a metal pipe instead of PVC because the friction clamps are much
more likely to damage a PVC pipe than one made from brass or galvanized
steel. Copper pipes might be too soft.
Depending on the weight of the camera, you might be surprised how heavy
and wide the stand might need to be to avoid it either shaking or
falling over when the camera is near the top end of the pipe. You may
want to C-clamp the base of the copy stand to the sturdy table you'll
need to put it on.
Ok, here's what I get. You have a table (with lights?). You have a 1"
dowel sticking up from this table. You want to slide a piece of oak on this
dowel. The piece of oak will have a support for a camera.
1 inch dowel sounds rather small to me but try it and use bigger if
necessary. Glue (and maybe nail) a collar to the underside of the oak
platform. The dowel will pass through the collar and the platform, a tight
but not binding fit. Drill and tap a hole through the collar and get a
winged set screw.
Thanks guys for all your replies, I have tripods but a photocopy stand
is better,I have lots copying to do(digitize) of photo,poster,slide and
negative film . I'm using my buddy's $2,000 Nikon camera, I don't want
to drop it.A decent photocopy stand costs about 200 from B&H, I got
pipe,dowels and clamps time to use your ideas,thanks again.
PV's link shows a decent one-- I'd also poke around estate sales for
darkroom equipment-- I picked up the vertical hardware for $5 a decade
or so ago-- I *still* haven't gotten around to making it into a copy
On Saturday, October 6, 2012 11:36:52 AM UTC-4, Freddy Correa wrote:
I haven't read all the replies so someone may have already said this, but for
photo prints up to say 11X17, a $100 flatbed scanner will give you better
results than the $2000 camera (though not as fast if you have really high
Unless he has a parallax-corrected lens for copying documents you will get some
distortion...and probably lower resolution if you care. Getting even lighting
without reflections is also an adventure that the scanner won't take you on.
If you're just taking pictures for inventory purposes or of things to sell on
ebay, you probably don't care about the above.
A good, slide/negative scanner or something for large posters is more expensive.
Copying documents? Letter size? How much height adjustment do you need?
With a $2K camera, the focus adjustment should just about do it. Can
you put the post of your tri-pod upside down? Rather than adjust height
of camera, why not make the document platform adjustable with a threaded
rod or table top tripod?
A previous respondent's comment in this tread has a good point - a
flatbed scanner might be a better solution if the OP is copying 2
dimensional objects. With even inexpensive OEM scanning software, you
can frame (crop) the scan to fill the image file with the area of
interest and still have enough resolution in that file to tweak crop the
full frame image produced by the scan a little bit if needed and still
get very good quality 8x10 prints. I bought my Epson 3170 flatbed 5-6
years ago and found it to be an excellent value. I've probably used it
to make more than 10,000 image files and it works as well as when I
first got it.
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