I just recieved a new Kodak Zx1 camera. During my initial trials, I wanted to alternate between tripod shots and hand-held shots. It is a little tricky to mount and dismount the camera on a tripod each time which is just the nature of the beast, I guess. So I thought about it for a while, and decided to make a mount where I could just slide the camera in and out, and save that little bit of time and effort. By changing dimensions of the mount, it can be adaptable for most cameras.
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Step 1: Draw Out a Plan to Follow
By laying the camera on a piece of cardboard, I could judge the dimensions of my mount. I measured the thickness of the camera with a ruler, so that I could include these dimensions in my plan.
Step 2: Cut and Score Cardboard for the Mount
Cardboard fits the bill very well, is easy to work with, and is plentiful...This is a very light camera, so major strength is not a consideration. To cut out the piece, I just used a ruler and cut with a box cutter knife.
Step 3: Make Hole for the Mounting Screw
See pictures for the result of making the hole. I just used a paper punch that was 1/4in. in diameter.
Step 4: Strenghten Bottom of Mount With Additional Cardboard
Here, I used traditional cardboard (as opposed to corrugated) for the additional strength I thought was needed. There shouldn't be too much stress on this opening, but wanted to be sure. The hole has to be punched in this added piece as well, so I just put it in place on the mount to be sure the holes lined up perfectly.
Step 5: Tape and Glue Mount in Final Configuration
After mount is cut out and punched for the mounting screw, tape and glue as shown in the image notes.
Step 6: Use a Nut to Secure Mount to Tripod
The nut used is a standard 1/4 inch nut, easy to find at the store.
Step 7: Make Safety or Keeper Strap(s) From Cardboard
In this step, it's much easier to just use a rubber band to hold the camera in the mount. I like the idea of a sliding strap, so made a couple from cardboard as well.
Step 8: Place Mount on Tripod and Install Camera.
Once the mount is bolted on the tripod, it is simply a matter of sliding the camera in and out of the box when you want to use it in the hand held mode. Again, it is a small savings in time and effort, but worth the time devoted to this project. As anyone who uses a tripod can testify, video quality is vastly improved by doing so. Also allows for easy self portraits, group photos with you in the shot, and/or as a second pair of hands during other photo shoots.
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