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Old 13 September 2005, 15:05   #1
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Do any of you Photographers (amature or professional) know where i can find a camera mount that will fix to the 2" stainless tubes of a tow 'a' frame that will support a camera or small digital video camera.

I presume I need some sort of clamp with a univarsal ball joint or something so that the orientation can be adjusted.
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If it is for filming towables,ski's etc.Maybe one of these.

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/over...item_num=17440
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Ouch

Had something a bit less technical and a bit cheaper in mind.

I would like to use it for filming wakebording and towing etc but i can live with a fixed position. I would also like to be able to face it foreward to get action shots of the boat when underway.
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Cheaper? Flexible? Hmmmmmm, you could borrer the missus.....
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Try www.warehouseexpress.com

They stock all sorts of fancy tri-pod heads and attachments for shooting from cars etc. You may well be able to adapt one of these with a bit of bodging.

You can buy ball and socket heads for tripods (these things are never cheap I'm afraid) and you could probably quite easily fix it somehow to the a-frame. You won't however get a very steady picture, especially with the height of the a-frame magnifying any boat movement.

Hope that helps a little.

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The mark one manual mount every time for me. Adaptable and surprisingly portable!

Here it is in action...
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Hand hold it the mount will give you crap results and may shake the camera to bits.
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Is scaffolding 2", cant remember you may be able to adapt one of those clamps but it would be as ugly as sin. Is this for monitoring skiers when alone?
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For a low cost option you could try and use a CCTV camera bracket. Not sure how it would stand up to the speed or salt but you can pick them up from £6. May be worth fixing a cord between camera and frame incase bracket fails.
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I just need some way of doing a bit of filming - i am often out with just my self and my 2 young children - it will be pretty much impossible for me to tow them on the ringo concentrating on the other traffic in the ski area whilst attempting to get some video footage.

Also on the ocasions when i do have another adult on board i would still like to get some shots of myself when attempting to wakeboard etc.

I also think that the top of the a frame is a great position for the camera facing foreward to get some good shots of the boat underway.

Some of the people on the thread have stated that the video will not be stable - they might be right - hence looking for a cheap option to give it a try to see what results i get...

I think the cctv bracket route does look promising - havnt found exactly what im looking for yet...
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have a look at www.norbain.co.uk
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I found this clamp - for £10.99 - I allready have a benbo swivel head for a tripod so i think all i need is to bolt the 2 together.

What is the thread on a standard camera mount so I can buy a stainless bolt for it.
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For the absolute dogs b**locks go to http://www.ram-mount.com/

It's a US outfit, but one or two people stock some of their stuff over here. I had a customised set-up made last year by them to mount a marine PC on a yacht - outstanding.

All their kit is modular, and I found them more than helpful (as is very often the case with US suppliers...) when I approached them for a non-standard item. Marine grade alloy and powder coated - too nice to put on a boat really.
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I made an adaptor for my video camera by making an plate for my hand held GPS mount. The GPS mount is made by RAM, just replaced the GPS cage with a cut down flash extension arm to give you a tripod type screw mount. It was fun but the video footage was too bumpy to be of much use an any speed.
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