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AlexC



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:04 pm    Post subject: Mounting Camera/Rail to Base Reply with quote

Just purchased a Bellows (PB-5) and focusing rail. I'm curious as to what would work well for mounting everything. I've tried a tripod and there is far too much vibration. I've seen people use plates of aluminum, wood, etc. which would be set on a table to minimize any movement caused by the shutter or other forces. Are there any commercial products, or DIY strategies that work well? Any help appreciated!
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catchsoul



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Mounting Camera/Rail to Base Reply with quote

AlexC wrote:
Just purchased a Bellows (PB-5) and focusing rail. I'm curious as to what would work well for mounting everything. I've tried a tripod and there is far too much vibration. I've seen people use plates of aluminum, wood, etc. which would be set on a table to minimize any movement caused by the shutter or other forces. Are there any commercial products, or DIY strategies that work well? Any help appreciated!


Here's my set-up, take a look.

Gear2 by Nguyen Kelvin, on Flickr

Hope it's useful for you!
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AlexC



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Mounting Camera/Rail to Base Reply with quote

Yes it does! Thank you! I Definitely underestimated the need for a very solid configuration of the rail/camera/bellows to sit on. I'll have to source some aluminum. Did you have tap threads yourself into the base plate?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum, Alex!

If you haven't done so already, I strongly suggest you study the macro rigs in this thread: FAQ: Example macro rigs. Don't be surprised to find so much useful information that you find yourself compelled to stop and read during every spare hour you have for several weeks. It's like putting one's mouth to a fire hydrant and turning on the valve. But this is a good thing--you'll get the results of thousand of hours of experimentation for tens of hours of reading.

What you'll see is a bunch of macro rigs that have been tried. You'll get a lot of ideas--some great, some not. If you have any questions, come back and ask them: "I see examples of both Y and Z. Is one better than the other? Please explain."

It's a tremendous resource set. If you peruse it--and even better, ask questions about what your see--no doubt the rig you build will be better for it.

Cheers,

--Chris S.
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AlexC



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the kind welcome! This is perfect, I'll definitely be spending some good time going through those posts! Appreciate it! Very Happy
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Yawns



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

an easy thing you can do with gym weights 4x 10 pounds (5kg) and 2 boards (got my boards at DIY store - shelf boards)
quick, easy, inexpensive... you only have to drill a few holes for the screws and the rail.
This can have you started at low cost while you look for something better or more elaborated, like a stone slab or so...

FLK_000064 by antonio caseiro, on Flickr

FLK_000063 by antonio caseiro, on Flickr

IMG_20190419_230340 by antonio caseiro, on Flickr
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Location: Rocky River, Ohio, U.S.A.

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 2:22 am    Post subject: Re: Mounting Camera/Rail to Base Reply with quote

catchsoul wrote:
AlexC wrote:
Just purchased a Bellows (PB-5) and focusing rail. I'm curious as to what would work well for mounting everything. I've tried a tripod and there is far too much vibration. I've seen people use plates of aluminum, wood, etc. which would be set on a table to minimize any movement caused by the shutter or other forces. Are there any commercial products, or DIY strategies that work well? Any help appreciated!


Here's my set-up, take a look.

Gear2 by Nguyen Kelvin, on Flickr

Hope it's useful for you!

Mine is going to look quite similar when it's finished, at least regarding the base.
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can hammer and saw five planks together, concrete is the material. You can cast it any size and shape you like, with predrilled srewholes, well-anchored blocks of wood to fix things to, etc.
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