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#1 Francesco Glavina

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 03:56 PM

What is the best way to rotate the camera on lens axis smoothly (and cheap)?
I tried with tripod head rigged to position the camera on the pan control knob, and it work, but it's not clean, because of the camera weight(and it's a 5D).
Do you have suggestions?
Thanks

Edited by Francesco Glavina, 29 December 2017 - 03:57 PM.

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#2 Jaron Berman

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:02 PM

heavy-duty steel L bracket from hardware store - mount the camera lens to the sky on it, and your tripod plate to the other side of the L.  Lay your tripod on a table/platform/box of some kind and strap it down so the head is hanging off the end a short amount.  Use the pan axis of your tripod to spin around the lens - adjust the fore/aft slide on your tripod plate to center the lens on the center of the sticks.  Real "improvised" but cheap and effective with a lightweight camera like that.


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#3 Akos Baranya

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:41 PM

You could rent a Lambda head for this task as well.

 

On a recent job production rented a letus helix (or something similar) for because they needed this effect on a steadicam.


Edited by Akos Baranya, 17 January 2018 - 03:42 PM.

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