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Project by Maclegno posted 01-13-2010 04:16 AM 3580 views 27 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I joinrd FLICKR some months ago, and since joining Lumberjock I have become more aware of the inadequacy of my Photography. I decided, therefore, to take it more seriously, especially with regard to photographing my woodwork which is my main interest.

One problem is how to hold the camera in any fixed position:

- for long exposures
- to avoid camera shake
- to enable repeated shots with varied camera settings

I looked around for something suitable. I wanted something like the robot arms seen in videos of car manufacture for example, but could find only the usual tripods which I find wanting as they are not flexible in use. Therefor I designed the “Macpod”. (apologies to Apple Computers and Macdonalds)

Macpod - Base

I made most of this with 3cm X 1cm walnut and Mahogany stock from the local DIY store since at the moment I don’t have a thicknesser.
Arrange and glue some pieces to form a roughly circular shape about 7” diameter, leaving two spaces 3cm long for the uprights later

Macpod - Base

Hollow out the waste side

Macpod - Base

Hammer some nails at odd angles into it (to hold the cement ballast later). Laminate some veneer round it.

Macpod - Base

Fill the base with quick drying cement

Macpod - Pantograph

Cut all the stock to length, round ends and bore holes for bolts There are also spacers of 1cm square walnut not shown here.
I used 8mm hardware, a bit bigger than 1/4” I recommend great care at this stage (e.g. use jigs)

Macpod - Pantograph

Check rounding and holes alignment Glue in walnut spacers as shown
Macpod - Base

Detail of joint

Macpod

Completed Macpod, the camera holder I cut off an old mini-tripod and apoxy-resined it in a hole I cut in the small piece. With this and the flexible arms, the camara can be pointed in ANY direction

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This is the setup in my studio for photography with a black sheet on a roller hanging down over my workbench forming a horizon free backcloth
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-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy





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OutPutter

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 04:29 AM

Great project Mac, and fully documented. What else can a man ask for?

Best,

-- Jim

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ajosephg

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 04:36 AM

Good design and workmanship.

BTW – is that a Mamiya Sekor 35mm?

-- Joe

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ChrisinOttawa

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 04:37 AM

Very nice! All your effort was well paid off. The funny thing is, one of the most famous camera tripod companies in the world is Manfrotto in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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Maclegno

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 05:01 AM

Thanks Jim
No Joe it’s my old film Canon with a Tamron 35-80 zoom., I just dusted it off to use as a model
Thanks for the info chris

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 06:20 AM

I like your design. There are so many times when a tripods legs get in the way of photographing a subject.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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hannes

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 11:15 AM

Great design en very useful. Well done!

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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hunter71

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 02:15 PM

I can see many uses for it around the shop besides holding a camera. Nice work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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MrsN

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 06:00 PM

That is awesome!!!

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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FunnelStudio

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 06:32 PM

Did you make 2 so you could take a photo of one while using the camera on the other? (that was a dumb joke…)

Looks rad! Did you consider putting a swivel in a the connection between the base and first “arm” piece? I guess the tripod attachment solves the rotation issue…

-- -Shaun M. Baer, http://www.craftedphiladelphia.com

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#10 posted 01-13-2010 10:54 PM

great holder you have done there it realy can be adabbed to a lot of other uses too

thankĀ“s for sharing

Dennis

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Bradford

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#11 posted 01-14-2010 03:06 PM

Excellent post. Well documented and great photography. Thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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dmann

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#12 posted 01-18-2010 05:20 AM

I love a piece of art (Macpod) that helps you create other pieces of art (your photos). Nice work!

-- David / Durham, NC

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#13 posted 01-26-2010 01:55 AM

Very nice work!

-- Having fun...Eric

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Jeison

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#14 posted 01-30-2010 04:11 AM

thats nice!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 01-30-2010 04:14 AM

Super design and great build

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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