Introduction: Detachable Holders for Quick & Perfect Camera Angles
Hey! In this instructable, I will show you how I made quickly detachable filming equipment holders. One part is placed permanently on a wall near your workspace or near a commonly used stationary tool. And on the other portable part goes your filming equipment. You can make many of those wall holders and quick swap locations of your gear very easily. This is only for lightweight filming equipment with a total weight of around 1.2kg/2.7lb.
If you have a tiny workspace and tripod always gets in a way or is impossible to place to get good shots, these holders should help a lot. After using them for a week, I couldn't believe I didn't make them earlier and struggled with a tripod all the time.
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Step 1: My First Bad Design
My first design worked really well, except for one big flaw - when equipment is positioned to one side it easily unscrews because of the load and doesn't hold in place. By knowing that I could just NOT to position equipment that way and live on, but no I can't live with that, it always keeps reminding that design is bad and I hate that. So... I had to come up with a slightly different design.
Step 2: V2 Design Solves the Problem
I come up with this. As the 11-inch articulating arm on a previous design could be raised or lowered all the way (I liked that very much, it gives a lot of adjustment), I needed the same on the new design. And it was pretty simple to do, I just made the slide-in slots on the top and the bottom. This way you'll still have a 56cm/22inch height adjustment range. For quick mounting you can use a quick-release plate, this is especially great on a camera.
You can make multiple holding parts that go to different spots on a wall or anywhere you want. This way you can transfer and quickly adjust the gear to get fast and best shots!
Step 3: Dimensions
In the picture, you can see the dimensions I used for my ~1.2kg/2.7lb gear. For the build, I used 12mm thick high-quality baltic birch plywood. With a jigsaw, I cut the pieces to size, and those which will have a bevel, I cut them slightly larger and made an angle with a bevel router bit.
Step 4: How to Make It - STEP 1
First, on the holding part, we should glue beveled pieces only on one side, like in the picture.
Step 5: How to Make It - STEP 2
Next, we need to glue two blocks that will make the portable part and then drill matching holes for the aluminum 1/4 to 3/8 screw adapter. Mix some epoxy glue and glue those adapters. Ideally, you want to get a flat surface on top, so add epoxy in all gaps.
Step 6: How to Make It - STEP 3
When epoxy finishes curing, we need to glue the bottom beveled rail and add a few screws. Screws must go through all the plywood parts. Make sure the heads of the screws are below the surface of the rail.
Step 7: How to Make It - STEP 4
We need to place the portable part and glue the other beveled piece. Use just a little bit of glue, that the glue doesn't squeeze to the inside and glue the portable part. Repeat the same on the bottom. By doing this way you will get a tight sliding action without a wobble and this is very important.
Step 8: How to Make It - STEP 5
Finally, we need to add more strength to the beveled pieces with screws. Make sure to use as long as possible screws that they at least go through the two middle parts. Make sure the heads of the screws are below the surface of the beveled parts.
To secure the part to the wall or to anything you want, use two big screws.
And that is basically it, pretty simple and really convenient way to quickly get perfect shots in multiple spots at different angles where a tripod is not an option.
Step 9: END
I hope this instructable was useful and informative.
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