Introduction: EASY Extendable Pole Mount for ANY Camera

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Hi everyone!

In this ible I'll show you how to make an easy and very cheap Pole Mount for any kind of Camera. I decided to use an extendable pole whose length can be set from 75cm to 150cm.

Two weeks ago I realized this mount (photo#2) to put on the seatpost in order to film from a cool point of view.
Since the extendable pole that we are going to use in this ible it's obviously a tube too (like the seatpost tube), I used that mount. I removed it from the seatpost and I secured it on the pole changing the two original screws with two small bolts and nuts in order to make it sturdier.

NOTE: If you have never watched my "EASY Bike Seatpost Mount" ible, please click here to understand better the few steps needed to built this mount.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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MATERIALS:

- extendable pole (1$)

- tripod mount adapter

- 1/4" screw (I took and cut this one)

- universal 1/4" Mini Tripod Mount Adapter (If you don't own a GoPro and you are going to use a normal camera, you need this adapter)

- cheap bicycle bell (1$)

- little piece of bicycle tire

- two nuts and two bolts

TOOLS:

- screwdriver

Step 2: The Mount

Picture of The Mount

As I said you in the intro, you can click here to understand better the building of this mount.

It's way way easier than you think! ;)

I simply dismounted the bike bell keeping only the flat base (photo#4), I drilled a hole in the center and then I inserted the cut 1/4'' screw, his couple of nuts, a rubber gasket (taken from a beer) to fill the gap, and finally the tripod mount adapter and the universal 1/4" mini tripod mount adapter.

GoPro tip: If you have a GoPro don't worry! You just need to assemble it in the same way, mounting your GoPro case directly to the tripod mount adapter without the universal 1/4" screw.

Step 3: Secure It on Your Pole

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After the building, you will just have to secure it on the pole.

I decided to change the two original screws with two small bolts and nuts to make it more sturdy and, in order to prevent the slipping of the mount from the pole, I also added a small piece of bicycle tire on its end before attach the mount.

Once you've screwed all as tight as possible, you can mount on your camera.

Step 4: Finish!! Go Out and Have Fun

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As promised, in about 10 minutes you can build your cheap, extendable and universal pole mount.

Since this is an universal mount it's a very useful project. Infact you can screw on any kind of camera! A compact camera, an action one, and even a GoPro.

As you can see in photos I prefer to set the pole about 100cm long.

Thank you for reading my Instructable. ;)
Feel free to comment and ask if you need to know something!

manuelmasc

Comments

C NickO (author)2015-06-06

can't find extendable pole for under $20. not in market, hardware store and also online.

manuelmasc (author)C NickO2015-06-07

where do u live? here in italy they are very common and not that expensive...

C NickO (author)2015-06-06

LiamA6 (author)2015-05-24

fixfireleo (author)2014-07-29

awesome!! you should film yourself all day everyday and make a movie!! you could be the next brad pitt!

manuelmasc (author)fixfireleo2014-08-25

oh really?? ahahha

fixfireleo (author)manuelmasc2014-08-25

oh yeah! lol

audreyobscura (author)2014-07-27

So simple! Thanks for the share!

manuelmasc (author)audreyobscura2014-08-25

;) thanks

nerfrocketeer (author)2014-07-27

I've been looking for one of these! Thanks!

manuelmasc (author)nerfrocketeer2014-08-25

you are welcome ;)

dmoonen (author)2014-07-28

This is a great way and can be soooooo cheap...

manuelmasc (author)dmoonen2014-08-25

thanks very much ;)

sue.centeno (author)2014-07-27

awesome.....thanks for sharing :)

manuelmasc (author)sue.centeno2014-08-25

thanks! you are welcome

p_brums (author)2014-07-28

Where did you get the pole from

manuelmasc (author)p_brums2014-08-25

they sell it in market, hardware store and also online. they are very cheap

In any hardware store that sells paint.

alcurb (author)2014-07-29

Added your project to my FotoTrix collection

What was the source of your extendable pole? What is the pole normally used for?

manuelmasc (author)alcurb2014-08-25

thanks! it comes from a sweep. (it's normally used to clean the floor from the dust)

Fikjast Scott (author)2014-07-29

this turned out nice. Well done

manuelmasc (author)Fikjast Scott2014-08-25

thanks :)

CB2001 (author)2014-07-27

Awesome job on this rig. I'm wondering, are you in the Winter Park area of Orlando, near Full Sail? I ask because the bridge in the background of your first picture looks like the one that crosses Semeron a little ways near the Steak and Shake.

manuelmasc (author)CB20012014-08-25

thanks ;)

no i'm in Italy. and it's a bridge near the the 2015 EXPO

tgonzález-crespo (author)CB20012014-07-29

I studied in Full Sail, awesome school!!!

Let's agree to disagree!

Ok. I don't know what your experience was, but at least mine was great I got my MFA in Media Design (totally online) and I got my money's worth. They were on top of their game (it was one of the hardest things I've done in my life). They took care of us, gave us everything we needed (Mac Book Pro + Creative Suit and Office) tech support was there for us 24/7. Professors were excelent, knowledgeable, the courses were challenging. 15 people started and only 7 of us graduated.

Eh, I'm just poking fun. I too enjoyed my time at Full Sail, but looking back I have mixed emotions. It's good to hear they're failing people who don't meet requirements now, because plenty of my classmates barely participated.

Ok cool - BTW nice instructable (Iknow it is not yours toekneebullard)

puzzdog (author)2014-07-29

I've been looking for a way to mount an extension pole to my tripod so I can get my video camera 10+ feet off the ground to shoot over crowds. What can I add to the other end of the pole so it will attach to the top of my tripod? Thanks.

sue.centeno (author)2014-07-27

awesome.....thanks for sharing :)

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