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    Small tripod substitute

    I have a small dilemma with regard to a video-conferencing setup I'm trying to finish. We use a Logitech Group system and the (very cheap) AV trolley has the camera shelf at the wrong height (it's not adjustable). Photos below




    I need something to raise the camera between 12-15cm (there's a bit of leeway here as I can lower or raise the height of the monitor. The camera has a standard tripod female thread and articulates which means that a conventional mini-tripod is not steady enough (the fact that they are normally designed for static shots with small point-and-shoot cameras doesn't help in this regard). Ideally a small, nice and heavy MDF cube with a bolt sticking out of the top might fit the bill but I don't have either the time or facility to make one. Can anybody offer an example of some kind of mount that would raise the camera by the desired amount and be absolutely solid?
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    We do something very similar at work. Weíve found that most small tripods are too unstable but GorillaPods are better. Because the legs donít extend they seem to be inherently stable and about the right height for your needs. Hope that helps.

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    I think this might be designed for the job:



    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LX4G2..._kUJcCb19Y5QWC

    Failing that, I find one of these can do the trick.


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    I'd also suggest a GorillaPod. You can bend and splay the legs to whatever height you need, I often attach mine (with a DSLR attached) to railings, street signs etc. They aren't expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    I think this might be designed for the job:



    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LX4G2..._kUJcCb19Y5QWC

    Failing that, I find one of these can do the trick.

    Thanks - I have one of those but it's not high enough (although I will have another play with it later). We're using a cardboard box at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    I'd also suggest a GorillaPod. You can bend and splay the legs to whatever height you need, I often attach mine (with a DSLR attached) to railings, street signs etc. They aren't expensive.
    I've got one of those - it's too wobbly.

    Thanks for the answers so far.
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    Telephone books. Mind you, you might have to travel back in time to get the right ones.
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    Surprised your Gorillapod is wobbly. Mineís @ 250mm folded up and for the height you need makes an equilateral base triangle of @ 300mm, wobble free. You could always blutac the feet. I think Joby, who make the Gorillapod make a range of supports, could be worth a look.


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    I think the problem is that the camera is quite a heavy moving mass as it pans around.

    How about one of those rigid camera mounts that clamps onto a car roll bar? Could that clamp to one of the vertical bars?

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    Problem solved. You're welcome.


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    Serious answer, I think that a small rostrum/copy stand will be much more stable than a tripod, provided that the base will fit onto your existing shelf. It might need a bit of bracket modification to allow a horizontal rather than vertical mount, but I'm thinking along the lines of something like this:

    https://www.thedarkroom.co.uk/cs-320...ax-height.html


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    Hide clamp

    https://www.wexphotovideo.com/opticr...iABEgIX3_D_BwE

    Manfrotto also make one

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    Thank you all for the helpful contributions. I've gone with this for the time being:

    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    I've reduced the height of the monitor and I'll see what the feedback is - I have a feeling that it might be a bit low but there's nowt as queer as users. If we need to go higher then a hide clamp is the preferred alternative.
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    Fingers crossed.

    At least they arenít all Skyping into their laptops, looking down their noses like angry chinless owls.

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    Gorilla grip - Joby GorillaPod Original Tripod - Charcoal https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0087FFT..._UspmCbH8BSYWX

    Use mine for loads of things

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    How about one or other of these:



    The two Novoflex tripods, superb but expensive, are all sturdy enough to support a Kirk BH-1 ball head, plus my DSLR, plus a 150mm macro lens, plus two flash units!

    The other is a cheap Chinese version from eBay, which will take the DSLR plus lens with no issue.

    How quickly do you need something?
    Last edited by willie_gunn; 5th January 2019 at 19:45.

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    Otherwise a Manfrotto Magic Arm combined with a Manfrotto SuperClamp would do the job, and give much more versatility in terms of positioning the camera.

    Edit: Have just seen the date of your Original Post, so guessing you are all sorted now. If you find the same requirement going forwards drop me a PM and I'd be happy to help.

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    Thanks for the helpful suggestions but it would appear it's sorted. I'm not entirely happy with the viewing angle of the lowered monitor but it appears that I'm the only one.
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    I have both measured ultrapods and I like the littler one better with my 4/third lumix G6 with a 14-140mm focal point on (so sensibly powerful).

    You can overlap it to be line with the base of the camera when not being used, for while conveying.

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