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post #1 of 12 Old 05-14-2007, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Fiddling with your camera

Went on a ride the other day and took a few pictures. I found it quite awkward fiddling with my camera while riding. I would like to mount the camera on the bike with a mount that allows the camera to easily be pointed in different directions.

What are you doing to take pictures while riding? Can I see pics of your mounts and/or any tips or suggestions.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-14-2007, 03:29 PM
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Go to this thread to see a mount I made for stills and video. Works great for stills and not to bad for video, but I bit the bullet(pun intended) and bought a bullet cam. Might still use the mount for the bullet cam cause it won't bounce around as much due to the lighter weight jof the camera.

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It's too bad someone doesn't make a left handed camera or a bracket that makes it compatible with the left hand. Could make one if digital cameras had a cable release.

I took a keychain real(clips to your belt and lets you pull your keys out to use, then reals them back in), connected the real to the inside of my tankbag and connected the other to the camera. I grab the camera with my left hand so my index finger is over the button, pull it out, take the picture, then the real guides the camera back to the bag and holds it there without me having to look. It's not the best, still working on aiming with this awkward handhold, but it allows me to protect the camera from weather and bugs, plus I can't loose it if I drop it.

I would go with a bullet cam is it took decent stills, but I haven't seen that yet.

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That's brilliant Nachodaddy. I've been trying to figure out a way to tether my little digicam. I never would have thought of a retractable keychain.

A small ballhead on a long arm RAM mount would probably do the trick as long as you didn't need to adjust camera position on the move. I have a bunch of these and have used them for mounting my digicam to shoot video.

If you're using an SLR or digicam that has a remote release you can really go overboard. A Bogen pistol grip head would let you adjust the camera while riding, and I bet with a little creativity you could ziptie the remote release to the grip so it was point and shoot. :mrgreen:

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I have a digital SLR-shaped camera(LXI-Panasonic), but it doesn't have a cable release on the button like my old SLR. If it did, I could make a trigger grip that would be ideal. Unless there is an electronic way of having a remote trigger, I'm stuck with what I have.

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Panasonic does make electronic remote releases for several of their cameras. I'm not actually sure if any of the digital SLRs on the market use mechanical releases. When you're already spending 3 or 4 grand what's another 70 bucks right? :mrgreen:

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You could always mount the camera upside down and trigger the shutter release with your left thumb under the camera.
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Panasonic does make electronic remote releases for several of their cameras. I'm not actually sure if any of the digital SLRs on the market use mechanical releases. When you're already spending 3 or 4 grand what's another 70 bucks right? :mrgreen:
You don't need to spend that much, just look around and find a used Minolta 5D, it uses a wired remote. Sony bought Minotla's digicam part of the business and came out with the Alpha 100 which is their version of the 5D. Not sure if they kept the wired remote or not. Nikon uses a wireless remote on the D70, not sure about Canon, Pentax or Olympus.

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Personally I think getting rid of a threaded shutter button in favor of a fancy electronic release is annoying. I'm not sure any of Canon's EOS film bodies used a mechanical release and the digital bodies sure don't. At least the remote release I bought for my 10D works with all the bodies I've purchased since. I'm not sure Canon ever made a wireless release. IIRC the original Digital Rebel had an IR shutter release widget but it didn't work with any of the professional bodies. I guess it's assumed you're using Pocket Wizards and don't need any help from Canon.

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+1 on the cable release. I used to have a Minolta X700 that I mounted on the crash bars of a Gold Wing and just wire tied the cable release right by the grip, worked great.

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