how to make a weight
Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:10 PM
I am thinking about a rectangle piece of steel about 3" by 10" depending on the weight (it needs to be about 5lbs) and drill holes down the center alternating 1/4-20 and 3/8-16. my question is do they all need to be counter sunk and which ones should be tapped? thanks for the input
ps this one is for my flyer
Thought I would share my current weight creation. I went to home depot and picked up a 5" piece of pipe, then took a smaller diameter one and put it inside of that. then got another one even smaller diameter and put it inside of that, so now I have 3 pieces of pipe inside each other. then I got 2 end caps for the larges piece of pipe put one on and filled each pipe with expanding foam so they wont rattle around, then put the other end cap on and covered the whole thing in a rubber truck bed spray in liner.(to help protect the camera from the pipe) Next get a worm clamp and connect the weight to the top of the camera handle to move the c.g. of the camera up.
its about 4.5 lbs cheap and easy but does not fit on all cameras. theres my idea feel free to use it if you want.
Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:45 PM
Posted 02 August 2009 - 06:40 PM
The weight plates I am currently using are actually much much simpler because I made them in a pinch using only my cordless dewalt tools. Just drilled a hole through the steel plate and I use extra long 1/4" screws that go through my plate and the weight plate and into the camera. Works fine for me but my topstage has a lot of adjustment room so some people may need more hole options. Also you need to make sure that the bolt you use is storng enough to hold everything together and keep in mind that the camera screw thread is holding the weight plate as well as the camera which it wasn't necessarilly designed to do. In cameras with pathetically week bottoms low mode might be a bad idea.
Posted 07 August 2009 - 03:10 PM
how about some pics of your "homemade" weights.
It's pretty simple, really... 9 pounds, and I didn't make any changes to the shape, I just found a piece of steel at Industrial Metal Supply (Many convenient locations throughout southern California!) that was the basic shape and weight I wanted, then I may have drilled the holes (I have a mini mill) or they may have done it for me, don't really recall... Here it is with the quick release plate
Makes it 10 pounds with that.
I've had a couple of guys much more steadi-experienced than me use this thing, and no complaints. In fact, I made this thing too
but based on the opinions of those same experienced guys, they tell me my plate is much more useful than the cage is, so I never bothered making it black.