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TechieJustin
03-30-2009, 07:39 PM
Yeah, that's pretty much what it is. however I am hoping to improve it a bit. I want to replace the "knuckle" piece with something that allows the standard tripod mounting piece to fit in there. This way I can keep the mount locked and quickly connect the camera.
Is there such a thing?

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GoneTomorrow
03-30-2009, 08:14 PM
Sorry, not trying to be flippant, but what would a car mounted camera be used for exactly?

K1W1
03-30-2009, 08:26 PM
Manfrotto 323 Quick change assembly.

Includes the base plate and the rectangular camera plate and will scew straight onto the existing ball head mount.

http://www.manfrotto.com/webdav/site/main/shared/products/323/D0010_2880003b7957d5b41674afd63924f940_main.jpg

TechieJustin
03-30-2009, 08:53 PM
Sorry, not trying to be flippant, but what would a car mounted camera be used for exactly?

To get a view of what the driver/passenger is seeing during a race.
Ever see the in car camera of F1?
Anyway this would be more for camcorders but since most stills have some sort of video capabilities I figure somebody here might have some insight.

TechieJustin
03-30-2009, 08:55 PM
Manfrotto 323 Quick change assembly.

Includes the base plate and the rectangular camera plate and will scew straight onto the existing ball head mount.

http://www.manfrotto.com/webdav/site/main/shared/products/323/D0010_2880003b7957d5b41674afd63924f940_main.jpg

I was actually thinking of getting rid of the ball mount. No matter how much I torque that ball high lateral Gs will cause it to move. I'm also hoping to get the camera a bit lower to keep it away from the window glass.

Prospero
03-31-2009, 12:56 PM
A good ball-head, like the ones made by Manfrotto would not move. You would need a very heavy camera and several latteral Gs for that to happen. I have a 488RC4 myself, and when fullly tightened, it will take a lot of force for it to move.
I think a ball-head with a quick release plate would be the easiest sollution, although that will not help in getting the camera a bit lower.

K1W1
04-01-2009, 04:51 AM
Getting the camera lower is easy. Just shorten the arm and modify the design so the base of the ball head is horizontal rather than vertical then have the actual camera mounting part with the QR plate on it sticking up vertically i.e. at 90 degrees to the base. That way you will have the base of the camera not much higher than the arm itself.

TechieJustin
04-28-2009, 10:03 PM
A good ball-head, like the ones made by Manfrotto would not move. You would need a very heavy camera and several latteral Gs for that to happen. I have a 488RC4 myself, and when fullly tightened, it will take a lot of force for it to move.
I think a ball-head with a quick release plate would be the easiest sollution, although that will not help in getting the camera a bit lower.

So if I don't roll the car over I should be OK.

TechieJustin
04-28-2009, 10:13 PM
Getting the camera lower is easy. Just shorten the arm and modify the design so the base of the ball head is horizontal rather than vertical then have the actual camera mounting part with the QR plate on it sticking up vertically i.e. at 90 degrees to the base. That way you will have the base of the camera not much higher than the arm itself.

and I should be able to reach the controls easier... I'll have to try that.

Prospero
04-29-2009, 04:10 AM
So if I don't roll the car over I should be OK.

Even then it should stay in the same position :D

Rhys
04-29-2009, 08:44 PM
I have a car window mount. I've never ever used it though. It just sounded a neat idea at the time.