car clamps

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DAVE M
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I was wondering....

I've got a pair of magic arms and a superclamp with a tilt top as well.

The Times was offering a buy one, get one free, dent removal system the other day - this consisted of a vacuum mount that is strong enough to pull out dents in cars.

I wondered if they could be used as car mounts with odds and sods from manfrotto?

Anybody used these dent removal things? I assume they must have good suction?

I know that Hague sell the proper thing but this might be a chaeper alternative

shellgrip
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The only dent puller I've ever used was a 'manual' one where you make a hole in the middle of the dent then 'hammer' backwards up a shaft. I would have thought it'd be dodgy to trust a vacuum mount if only because in it's proper usage (as part of a dent puller) it wouldn't actually matter if it fell off every now and again so it's unlikely to have many safeguards against it.

If it was me mounting a couple of grand of camera equipment I'd want nuts and bolts. :)

J

Wisz
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I shouldn't think you would need much of a vacuum to pull a dent out of a modern car, after all the metal is so thin and particularly easy to dent in the first place.

Personally I wouldn't trust a vacuum mount without some other sort of fixing as a back-up.

Richard
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DAVE M
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yes - i had a cheap one once but always used a safety cord (as I do when flying any camera) but actually, nothing ever fell off

shellgrip
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I just don't trust vacuum; after all nature abhors it, apparently.

:)

J

Christian Lett
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One TRV 900 + polarising filter
Two bungee ropes
One mini-tripod
One thru-window camera solution :)

http://brainstopping.fotopic.net/p19257081.html

This worked remarkably well with very smooth results (we did wrap Chris's jumper around the camera just in case!).

If you fancy a laugh, check out the rest of the photos - they're from our adventures shooting our sitcom pilot last year.

Christian

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com