Dual Cameras Setup




About: Let's break things and put it back together!

Do you hate it when you want to capture the fleeting moment with a different camera but all you do is juggling cameras, in and out of your bag? Then this guide is for you! It'll show you how to mount two cameras together with a few simple items and only a minute of your time.

Step 1: Supplies

1. Two cameras with 1/4 inch tripod. (most camera's tripod socket will be this size)
2. Double-sided 1/4" bolt. (you can also cut a head off the 1/4" bolt and use that instead)
3. Rubber o-ring

Step 2: Putting It Together

1. Screw the bolt in the first camera's tripod socket.
2. Place rubber o-ring on the bolt.
3. Screw the second camera on. Careful to not over tighten.
4. If the second camera pointing in wrong direction, add more rubber o-ring or washer.

Step 3: You've Made a Franken Camera. Now What?

The choices is your!

This is my favorite combination for the Franken camera:
- Fish-eye / wide angle and portrait lenses. For beautiful head-shot plus environmental portrait.
- Film and digital. For maximum AESTHETIC with digital redundancy.
- Portrait lenses and a video playing mobile phone. For photos of babies and pets.



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    8 Discussions


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks. The photo of your dual 1/4-20 hardware led me to finding the same part at B&H Photo, although it took a bit of searching. There's a link to it in the final step of my instructable.


    1 year ago

    If at least one camera has a hot shoe: search "1/4 Inch Dual Nuts Tripod Mount Screw to Flash Camera Hot Shoe Adapter" on eBay. That setup keeps both cameras upright, and having two nuts lets you lock the cameras to the threaded rod without using spacers. Or you could get a section of 1/4x20 threaded rod from the hardware store and hacksaw it to the length you need; look in the bits & bobs drawers and you should be able to find two 1/4x20 knurled knobs to lockup on each end.


    1 year ago

    Very nice and very professional! What are some of the uses for this technique? Does it take duplicate shots in different lens styles/magnification?

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes! If you mount difference lens on each cameras, you quickly switch between styles, for example: first, a wide angle shot of the family gather around a birthday cake then you rotate the contraption to shoot a telephoto portrait of the birthday boy.