locking off on a budget

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billtekker
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Hi,

Has anyone got any innovative ways off locking off a camera on a tripod without spending a lot on special kit? I'm going to being a time-lapse over a weekend and need the tripod to be secured firmly in one position.

Thanks.

Alan Roberts
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If it's not at risk from tampering, just hang a heavy weight under the camera mount to stop wind shifting it. If there's any risk of tampering, your only option is to man it all the time, but still have a heavy weight holding it down.

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foxvideo
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:confused:

Stills or video? - Locking off as in getting nicked or just not moving in the weather?

Last time I did this, I used the biggest tripod I had, centre weighted with bricks/bag, tightened all screws + 1/8th turn with molegrips and used yards of gaffer tape!

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DAVE M
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I Use both of these units

http://www.cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/info_45.html

and

http://www.cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/info_46.html

But as said above, if it's security you need then the only option is a big bloke with a stick

billtekker
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Cheers Fellas. I'm going to do a site visit on monday so I'll know more about where I'm able to situate the camera (Sony V1 so not stills) but the person I'm dealing with says that we should be able to rig up some scaffolding for me to get a good vantage point. I may therefore be able to tie it to the poles or maybe even G-clamp the legs to them. In terms of the centre weighting, I take it you mean bricks in a bag just hanging down the centre of the tripod...any idea how many bricks or what sort of weight would suffice? Am I right in thinking that even if the wind blows the bag from side to side it would not affect the stillness of the tripod because it's centred?(unles there's so much wind that the bag starts to rock the tripod).

I'm only concerned with keeping it still in the weather, not theft as I'll be with it.

Many thanks.

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If you can do a site visit first and scaffolding is available, I'd probably go with Dave M's suggestions and use a Superclamp setup direct to the scaffolding.

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Dodge
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I think your biggest problem could be the scaffolding moving in the wind, if its a scaffolding tower then i can tell you from experience these move a lot if the wind gets up. With regards to the tripod/camera, i always use sandbags to weight the tripod.