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Old 12-01-05, 05:58 AM
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Who's got a cool camera mount? I was thinking of mounting my DCR-PC9 DV, but came up with another idea, still uses the same mount. I have an old pc camera from Sony, the CCD-Z11. It runs off 4.5volts or can use 2 AA batteries. Its uber light and is the size of a pack of smokes. I can run it into the DV camera and carry the DV in a safer method like a bike bag, backpack if I were to use this little camera on a helmet, etc. You get the idea. Just wanted to see some cool mounts.

What I found that I am gonna use is this from an old Cateye light, they sell it for $4.50 plus shipping brand new. It locks on and is a tight safe fit. It's the mounting kit for an older HL-500 light. You will need a new bolt from a hardware store that is the same size as a tripod hole. Get that and you might need to cut it short, and file it. You need a bolt with a shallow head and it will work perfect. Awesome.



I upped it a little in quality by unscrewing the head from this tripod below. The screw and adjustment knob unscrews from the ball in the mount. The part that screwed into the ball just needs a nut to go on the mount part that would normally lock into the light itself. This allows easy direction adjusting.



Now heres some pictures.







So I have like 10 bucks worth of parts and have a safe camera mounting system that locks, and is quickly removable just like taking a light off a bike.

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Old 12-01-05, 08:17 AM
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You little Truffaut, you! I personally wouldn't ride with a digital camera on a bike handlebar, but the remote CCV I sure would!

I just discovered I can take half hour videos with my new waterproof Pentax digital camera, the whole thing is the size of a pack of smokes!
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Old 12-01-05, 09:29 AM
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I use a Manfrotto arm and Superclamp. I removed one section to make it lighter and sturdier. The weak link is the camera attachement. Eventually, I'll just put an Arca-Swiss plate screwed directly on the arm's end (it has threads), and when I get rich, a RRS small ballhead. The clamp is heavy but it works anywhere on the frame.
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Old 12-01-05, 09:48 AM
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I did that for the NYC century and showed mine in an earlier thread.
Worked out beautifully. The trip head I used was an old one that was metal.
Now, I simply bought an inexpensive tripod ($7!) and the new mount is plastic.
I use my lesser digital on the bike. (Panasonic FZ-1) excetptional camera for the money if you can find one.
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Old 12-01-05, 12:20 PM
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That's pretty nice looking Eric. I'll have to keep that in mind in case I ever decide to setup a camera mount on my bike.
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I'm working up a mount too, but instead of being on top of the bars I'm going to have it hang below. Figured the point of lowest potential energy would be best since if the clamp was loose, or it rotates due to vibration, hanging would already be at the location it'll end up in. I want to make videos from inside a crit, should be good training to analyse the action later too.

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Old 12-01-05, 01:13 PM
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I rode with a digital camera on the bars for a couple of years. After a while you get sick of only being able to take pictures only from that point of view. You can get better pictures if you strap a camera case to the stem or the head tube, find one that works like a holster and use a small digital with good quality. You can shoot in all directions without having to use the view finder or the screen, just blast away and delete later. I have lots of good shots from upside down under my arm backwards etc, you can just turn the picture around later. You can shoot sideways up over your head etc. Plus if you stop and want to bring the camera along or take scenery etc. it's much better. Much.
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Old 12-01-05, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
(Panasonic FZ-1) excetptional camera for the money if you can find one.
Leica lens is the best. Great zoom too! I'm shooting with FZ5
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+1 on the Superclamp. Screw the weight! I want it to hold tightly to my camera, and it does. I own an arm but don't use it on the bike.
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Anybody try mounting a camera to a helmet?
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I didn't purchase from here, but I ordered up one of these recently:

http://www.cycoactive.com/ram/ramsp3.shtml
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Here's a photo I made using the mount. The arm had two sections then. Too many adjustments. And I carried it for 650km for 3 shots I'm not very happy with. It was worth it. It's a 17% descent over 1km:

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Kudos EricDJ for ingenuity. I like solutions that work with expending less dollars and more gray matter. Erik L has quite a professional solution; I own the same gear but never tried it on a bike. That photo descending the hill looks like a glorious time.
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I think I wanna look at more on this camera. Fun looking to use on bars and helmet. Firewire too.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...lm=M8817LL%2FC



How about some night riding? Add a light around the camera

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Try the Ultraclamp from Campmor.
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I tried mounting the camera above the top tube once, worked pretty well. Then it broke, so I put the camera on a tripod in my rear pannier. I think I like that shot much better, although in commutes it can be dangerous.




I think some may have seen the videos. I don't understand why people want to mount a still camera on the bike though, I guess it is needed for heavier ones. On tours I just keep cycling handless and shoot away
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**major edit** let see, i think it's OREGON Scientific or someone that's offering entirely self contained sports 'helmet' cams at brookstone, toys-r-us and the like for about 100 bucks.

Looks like a little smaller than a red bull can, shock and splash resistant, 32MB hard memory, shoots 640x480 video, but only at 15 frames/sec. and has a SD card slot so you can record to a 1GB secure digital card.

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