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Post Options Post Options   Quote pdeley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2011 at 22:53
My DIY substitute for a properly machined and expensive gimbal:



I've decided to nickname it the "Gimbaloo"   

Cost about $120 for all the parts, so far works very well as support for my super-heavyweight 600 f4. More details over here in dyxum and over there in photo.net
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cool daddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2011 at 23:17
I don't know if this project really fits here because I used a machine that not everybody have in there toolbox

But maybe you get some inspiration from it....

photo case insert thing

A700+VG | A350+VG |sig 10-20|sig 18-200|sig 24-70 2.8|sig 70-200 2.8|min 28/2.8|min 50/1.7|min 28-135|min 70-210/F4|min 100-300apo|2x F42am and 2x F56am|and lots of M42 stuff...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2011 at 08:51
Originally posted by Fuzzphoto Fuzzphoto wrote:

That looks quite ingenious! I guess you could even record sound during macro filming this way. I'd be worried about the sticky tape though. I'd use tie wraps.


I think tie wraps would work for the bottom part of cable, where you want and need to allow movement when extending or retracting the aerial, but the top part needs to stay static so that the microphone doesn't move during use. I'm not sure tie wraps would make a tight enough fit to avoid the potential movement at the 3.5mm microphone jack socket.

Why worry about duct tape anyhow? You are not taping against or with any item of material value. OK, you might get sticky residue on removal, but no risk to camera or optics whatsoever.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote derettahs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2011 at 09:52
AH!!!
Fuzzyphoto!! that case is gorgeous!
I have half a mide to make one myself!!

well done!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DeX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2011 at 15:18
Man there are some pretty cool project here, I especially liked zbozic's flash bounce holder as well as berlin steve's simple mic solution for the SLTs.

I'd like to contribute with my A100 infrared conversion for about 50$. I've made a tutorial on how to do it, step by step, from cutting the glass to properly apply it on the sensor. You can view it on flickr by clicking on one of these images:




I'd also like to make it a thread in the knowledge base with all the pictures and explanations in the same post... I hope this inspires someone to do it themselves because I cannot state how easy it is, no soldering, just a bit of patience.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fem2008 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2011 at 00:15
I added this post (full post) about modifying the Seagull right angle finder to help with loose diopter adjustment barrel and prevent accidental movement.


Modified Seagull Angle Finder 1X-2.5X with friction strip added to aid in preventing diopter adjustment shifts between uses or even while using.

 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pdeley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2011 at 20:44
Ok here's another one: I'm one of those people who leaves a trail of little things around the world, including lens caps. So when I stumbled on some magnetic "Laura Ljungkvist Öliclip" packs on clearance I just knew there had to be a photo-use for those somewhere!



Woohoo, it's a lens cap hÖlder! In combination with the steel screw of the quick release plate on my a700, that is. Oh wait, if you had to turn one screw then it does count as DIY right?

And even if you don't particularly enjoy the benefits of a permanently attached QR plate on your cam, you can also wrap this Öddly-shaped-clip around one of the fingers on either hand & do this:



I cant wait for the rÖyalties to rÖll in for this brilliant idea...

Edited by pdeley - 30 July 2011 at 20:48
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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2011 at 05:51
Hi Pdeley,

I like the idea, but as an avid DIY alternative fan I am a little nervous of using magnets on electronics or precision mechanics- of which the cameras have both- incase of damage caused by those fields.

Perhaps I'm just over cautious.... I never fried any electronics, but did fry cassette tapes back in the day after standing them on some loudspeaker cones...

My lens cap holders use the older Minolta caps on my beercans primes and handshake where there is hole where you can thread and tie a length of fine cord. I tie this to the cap, and the other end is loose but with a small knot at the other end.

When I mount the hood I feed the knotted end under and have the cord running back toward the camera, but outside of lens view.

The purists will remind me of the flaw of rotating front element and swinging lens caps, and I only use this option when I am out and about and don't have a save dry place to lie the caps. But I haven't lost a cap yet... so it does work, and saves the couple of $$$ that commercial stick on lens cap retainers.

Edited by berlin steve - 31 July 2011 at 05:54
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KeithW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 March 2012 at 05:40
I made myself a camera sling from an old seatbelt. You can find the instructions here
http://www.petapixel.com/2011/06/27/how-to-turn-an-old-seatbelt-into-a-useful-camera-sling/

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pdeley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2012 at 07:35
This is something I've wanted to do for a while now, ever since opening my 30 f2.8 macro for reasons discussed here last september. The local drugstore carries these little toy LED lights for $3 a piece:



I bought three and opened two of them to see what's inside, then modified one for mounting on a 49mm step-up ring. The intact one is on the left in the following shot, the opened second in the middle, and the modified third is on the right - I widened up some extra space around the led to allow it to be angled, and inserted a piece of plastic coated paperclip to serve as a permanent on/off switch instead of the original switch, which kept the light on only as long as it was pressed.



Here's what it looks like when screwed onto the 30 f2.8; by way of miniature diffuser I glued onto the led one of those tiny translucent sticky feet that come with some external drives.



Angling it properly for centered fill-in light at 1:1 magnification took some tweaking, here's a 1:1 shot of a cooperative subject in a shady corner, taken at a point when the led's angle was not yet centered properly:



By the time I had things properly centered it was evening, here's a shot of some "tower of jewels" flowers just after sunset with pretty good fill-in from the tiny led.



And here's another stoic mayfly, by this time it was already well into dusk so the tiny led was just about the only light source left:



I'll probably add the two other thumb lights onto the step-up ring to make it a trio, once I've found a good diffuser solution to minimize any vignetting effect. Including the casing these button lights are still a little too big to fit directly into the open space around the front element, but it's so easy to take out the leds and batteries that I might try a little more improvisation to mount a built-from-scratch assembly into the lens front, using two or three leds extracted from their casings, along with an appropriate number of the equally tiny batteries.

Edited by pdeley - 14 May 2012 at 07:41
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What a resourceful lot you all are. Had not caught up with this thread for ages.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SvenJTD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2012 at 09:32
Great ideas in this thread.
Its not much, but I didn't see anyone post this idea before so here goes - lens cap storage the cheap and simple way.

Self adhesive velcro (hard side) on the camera strap.


Self adhesive velcro (soft side) on the lens caps.


I think you get the rest, take the cap off and just attach it to the velcro on the strap. If you get a quality velcro, the glue wont come off and trust me the caps don't fall at all even when you fiddle with the strap.
(sorry the pictures where taken with my phone, as the a200 is the only camera I have)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifreedman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2012 at 01:50
I love this thread, and I'll bet that there are several other Dyxumers out there who've done DIY stuff and not noticed this particular thread or just haven't thought to post to it yet.

I might re-post this info at a later date with more details and/or pictures. But some of the DIY projects I've done so far include:

1. Built a homemade DIY lens from magnifying glasses, duct tape, PVC pipe, rope, etc. It's about 115 mm, f1.9. No aperture controls yet. Link

2. Turned a 50mm 2.8 vivitar into a "bendycam" tilt shift lens.

3. Turned a broken Bronica Zenzanon 75mm 2.8 into a "bendycam" tilt shift lens. I quite like this one because IQ is good and aperture controls are easy. Main challenge is, like all bendy cams, it's tough to focus correctly.

4. Modified a Rokkor 58mm 1.4 to fit on my alpha camera. Unfortunately it doesn't have infinity focus. Focuses only to about 15 to 20 feet. I'm sure I could achieve infinity focus by filing down the mount, but I'm reluctant to do this. I'd much rather find a way to achieve infinity and keep the original lens intact, so the process could be reversed if so desired.

5. A few other minor things. I've disassembled some old digital cameras to try to get them to fit on the rear of an old rangefinder, for example... with very limited success. I have a broken zoom 35-70 lens that I'm trying to turn into a tilt-shift lens. I'm also working on a wide angle bendy-cam. There are some other projects in the works as well.

DIY is a lot of fun. I encourage everyone to try it! Although it can sometimes be slow and frustrating, the process and the results are worth it.
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