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#1 Kevin Stiller

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 04:59 PM

A Steadi newbie here with a question that has been frustrating me..

 

Because of the lack of funds, I decided to build my own weight plate, however, I am not so talented when it comes to building things. I had someone machine me the weight plate and they did an excellent job. The holes are both 3/8 and 1/4. All of which are threaded. When I stopped at Home Depot to figure out how to attach my quick release, I just completely fell short of the knowledge to do so. Could anyone care to explain in detail how I can achieve this? 

 

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#2 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

Take the screw put it in the hole, screw it in?
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:07 PM

Take the screw put it in the hole, screw it in?

that should work ...


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#4 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:39 PM

If you have trouble screwing a quick release to a weight plate Steadicam may not be for you
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:54 PM

Wait till you have to build a steadicam shot. That will be fun for you.

 


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#6 Bryan Fowler

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:18 PM

the 1/4-20 shouldn't be threaded. It should be smooth get screw long enough. Get long countersunk screw, slide through smooth 1/4-20 hole. tighten. Then put dovetail on top of the countersunk screw, using 3/8 threaded holes.


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#7 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:19 PM

<p>Either your weight plate or your quick release will need to have a pass-through or clear hole (no threads) that is either 3/8&quot; or 1/4&quot; in diameter so you can pass whatever screw you have through it and tighten it to the other plate. This might seem obvious to some. Most professional Steadicam dovetail plates are clear, not threaded and will allow you to attach it to the bottom of a camera or threaded weight plate. I'm not sure what that quick release plate you have there is for. If you have a drill with either a 1/4 or 3/8 bit you can drill through one of these threaded holes on your weight plate and attach from the top to your qr plate</p>
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#8 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:06 AM

I am guessing what you have in your hand is the quick release for your camera ?

So you need to screw your Steadicam dovetail (which should have slots and through holes) under the weight plate, and the quick release on top of the weight plate.

To screw the quick release on, you will have to use an appropriate length screw with the treads near the neck stripped off, so that the screw doesn't engage with the quick release while tightening into the weight plate.


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#9 Chris Van Campen

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:46 AM

Hi Kevin - I've used that version of Manfrotto plate before. Once you figure out what screws to use, you also have to shim something between your weight plate and that Manfrotto plate. The lever that tightens on the right side of the pic won't spin without some clearance below the plate. I shimmed with a couple of washers and some rubbery material for grip.

 

Good luck... 


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#10 Kevin Stiller

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:45 PM

Take the screw put it in the hole, screw it in?

 

It's not that simple. Because the quick release is threaded, it doesn't align with the weight plate when I screw it in from the top.

 

If I screw it in from the bottom, the quick release will not be secured down unless I use a nut. In which case the camera wont fit into the quick release.


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#11 Kevin Stiller

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:47 PM

<p>Either your weight plate or your quick release will need to have a pass-through or clear hole (no threads) that is either 3/8&quot; or 1/4&quot; in diameter so you can pass whatever screw you have through it and tighten it to the other plate. This might seem obvious to some. Most professional Steadicam dovetail plates are clear, not threaded and will allow you to attach it to the bottom of a camera or threaded weight plate. I'm not sure what that quick release plate you have there is for. If you have a drill with either a 1/4 or 3/8 bit you can drill through one of these threaded holes on your weight plate and attach from the top to your qr plate</p>

This answered my question. Thank you


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#12 Kevin Stiller

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:50 PM

If you have trouble screwing a quick release to a weight plate Steadicam may not be for you

 

Thanks


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#13 Kevin Stiller

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:26 PM

Wait till you have to build a steadicam shot. That will be fun for you.

 

 

I am guessing what you have in your hand is the quick release for your camera ?

So you need to screw your Steadicam dovetail (which should have slots and through holes) under the weight plate, and the quick release on top of the weight plate.

To screw the quick release on, you will have to use an appropriate length screw with the treads near the neck stripped off, so that the screw doesn't engage with the quick release while tightening into the weight plate.

After a trip to home depot with that in mind, I found exactly what was needed. I was definitely over thinking the solution :P Thank you very much. 


Edited by Kevin Stiller, 18 June 2013 - 05:26 PM.

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#14 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:57 AM

 

Wait till you have to build a steadicam shot. That will be fun for you.

 

 

I am guessing what you have in your hand is the quick release for your camera ?

So you need to screw your Steadicam dovetail (which should have slots and through holes) under the weight plate, and the quick release on top of the weight plate.

To screw the quick release on, you will have to use an appropriate length screw with the treads near the neck stripped off, so that the screw doesn't engage with the quick release while tightening into the weight plate.

After a trip to home depot with that in mind, I found exactly what was needed. I was definitely over thinking the solution :P Thank you very much. 

 

 

No problem ... 22 years as a Grip comes in handy sometimes  ;)


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