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Ciao!

I'd like to mount my G7 with a lens which protrudes from the body on a FlyCam HD3000 (a Glidecam-like steadicam).

I tried several methods with the plates I have, but no one worked.
I saw a couple of guy (YouNuts) that use a GH4 in a similar situation (I have not the CP2 unfortunately) but I don't understand how the do it.

Could you please help me with a similar (or different) solution?  

Thank you very much!

Simo :)

 

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I used to have that glidecam.  You just need a spacer to lift the camera a bit, yeah?  Suggest going to a hardware store and pluck around in the bins for anything that'll lift your cam enough and then get a bolt to fit.

You could get a machinist to fabricate something for you in a matter of minutes as well.

Or, honestly, looks like a Manfrotto quick release plate might give you enough.  If not, it's pretty easy to add a spacer to the Manfrotto receiver too. 

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I solved a height issue on my rig by first mounting the camera and cage on a Sliding quick release plate.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JLK5Q4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This in turn is then mounted on the Zacuto Universal Base/Shoulder plate...gives me room for a FF  and up and down adjustments and finer balance depending on lenses used on the Zacuto

I have a Sony VCT-14 plate permanently mounted on the tripod...the whole rig comes off in a couple of seconds and on your shoulder

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Thank you very much to you both for your patience!

This is one of the solution I tried: I mounted the quick release plate in avery possible position, but did not work :/

I think I need a spacer, but I'm not able to find it on Amazon or similar. If you have a pic of yours or a link I'll be grateful (anyway thank you very much for your kind help!!!).

The VCT-14 is great, but too expensive for me :)

 

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Personally I use arca swiss quick release plates on my cameras so what I did was I got this arca swiss clamp and mounted it to the top of my Glidecam with a stack of alternating large metal washers and large neoprene gasket washers (both of witch can be purchased from any hardware store for a few cents each).

The key is to alternate the metal and neoprene washers so no two metal surfaces touch.

Metal on metal = low coefficient of friction
Metal on neoprene = high coefficient of friction = harder to slip and spin.

The other benefit of the neoprene is it compresses slightly so if you torque down the 1/4-20 screw to take all the compression out of the neoprene it acts sort of like a lock washer and helps maintain the torque.

I have though about using some SA glue as well but have yet had any issues with my current set-up so have not done so yet.

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24 minutes ago, aldolega said:

You could see if there's a vertical bracket available for the G7. This will extend the bottom of the camera a bit (kind of like a battery grip) and give you more height.

That would be perfect!

1 hour ago, MountneerMan said:

Personally I use arca swiss quick release plates on my cameras so what I did was I got this arca swiss clamp and mounted it to the top of my Glidecam with a stack of alternating large metal washers and large neoprene gasket washers (both of witch can be purchased from any hardware store for a few cents each).

The key is to alternate the metal and neoprene washers so no two metal surfaces touch.

Metal on metal = low coefficient of friction
Metal on neoprene = high coefficient of friction = harder to slip and spin.

The other benefit of the neoprene is it compresses slightly so if you torque down the 1/4-20 screw to take all the compression out of the neoprene it acts sort of like a lock washer and helps maintain the torque.

I have though about using some SA glue as well but have yet had any issues with my current set-up so have not done so yet.

Thank you! :) 

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Bought my VCT-14 plate on eBay virtually New for $160...will work equally well with an Alexa as my set up and last a lifetime...

You can see how the adjustments are done fore and aft to keep the camera and lens and all else like a mount or monitor you may hang...this setup works easily between 10 & 30 lbs.

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38 minutes ago, Fritz Pierre said:

Bought my VCT-14 plate on eBay virtually New for $160...will work equally well with an Alexa as my set up and last a lifetime...

You can see how the adjustments are done fore and aft to keep the camera and lens and all else like a mount or monitor you may hang...this setup works easily between 10 & 30 lbs.

IMG_0056.JPG

Oh yea! that is some good camera porn right there :astonished:

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23 hours ago, Fritz Pierre said:

Bought my VCT-14 plate on eBay virtually New for $160...will work equally well with an Alexa as my set up and last a lifetime...

You can see how the adjustments are done fore and aft to keep the camera and lens and all else like a mount or monitor you may hang...this setup works easily between 10 & 30 lbs.

IMG_0056.JPG

Wow, great price and awesome solution! Thank you Fritz!

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5 hours ago, JazzBox said:

Wow, great price and awesome solution! Thank you Fritz!

I knew I wanted this  set up because I looked at both the Varicam LT shoulder Pad and the Zacuto...they are both used with the VCT-14 plate...there are knock-offs...but if you're patient, this will last you a lifetime. Below is an old one on Ebay...the Sony's work especially well as you get heavier cameras or rigs on and off...I would not hesitate to get an old one...professional piece of rigging you'll only buy once!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-VCT-14-/182485692194?hash=item2a7cfeaf22:g:Q64AAOSwTM5YxGCt

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8 hours ago, Fritz Pierre said:

I knew I wanted this  set up because I looked at both the Varicam LT shoulder Pad and the Zacuto...they are both used with the VCT-14 plate...there are knock-offs...but if you're patient, this will last you a lifetime. Below is an old one on Ebay...the Sony's work especially well as you get heavier cameras or rigs on and off...I would not hesitate to get an old one...professional piece of rigging you'll only buy once!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-VCT-14-/182485692194?hash=item2a7cfeaf22:g:Q64AAOSwTM5YxGCt

Thank you!

 

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