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earlj
03-11-2010, 09:32 PM
Today I was given a tripod substantial enough for my biggest cameras. It is a heavy wood surveyor's tripod. I rigged a 1/4-20 thumbscrew and plywood attachment setup. I might end up buying one of those fancy tilting view camera mounts, but this will do for now. The thing weighs about the same as my 12x20 camera - somewhere between 15 and 20 lbs.

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earlj
03-11-2010, 09:32 PM
A closeup of one of the feet.

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earlj
03-11-2010, 09:33 PM
A closer look at the top.

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earlj
03-11-2010, 09:34 PM
One last shot. I won't be backpacking with this beast in the high Sierras.

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JoeVanCleave
03-11-2010, 11:26 PM
That sure is a nice looking rig. Something about wooden box cameras on wooden tripods that looks ... timeless, I guess.

My new nested box camera, I don't even want to think about transporting it, except from the trunk of the car to a nearby venue.

~Joe

Marv
03-12-2010, 06:47 PM
Sa-weet Earl. If it's on that beast and moves, check your seismometer! I think you may yet become a card carrying member of the "...if it's further than 100 yards from the car, it ain't worth photographing club.... ;)

DRC
03-12-2010, 09:39 PM
Sa-weet Earl. If it's on that beast and moves, check your seismometer! I think you may yet become a card carrying member of the "...if it's further than 100 yards from the car, it ain't worth photographing club.... ;)

Well said, Marv.

I feel a bit glum, though, as no one gave me a tripod today, small or large. Come to think of it, no one's ever given me a tripod. :'(

renon
03-13-2010, 04:48 AM
The camera looks small on the tripod. Really a big boy! One of the famous large format landscape photographers, unfortunately I forgot the name, mentioned in one of his books, that he seldom has to go away more than a few meters from his car to take a picture. And getting older he couldn't do it anyway. He mentioned this in the context that you can take great pictures almost everywhere, you have to see the right subjects only. On the other hand there were photographers in the past taking pictures on huge format glas negatives and these guys were climbing even on mountains. But I suppose they were younger than we are (or richer having some people carrying everything for them). :)

Jim Jones
03-13-2010, 11:59 AM
Edward Weston in his prime was about 5' 5" tall and 140 lbs. His 8x10 camera in its case weighed 30 lbs, probably without the tripod. Ansel Adams scampered up and down mountains, although often with a lighter camera. Ah, iron men with their wooden cameras!

Delio
03-13-2010, 04:41 PM
Man, oh man it looks good, solid stuff. It makes my Berlebach look like toothpicks.

Tom Persinger
03-13-2010, 08:25 PM
fantastic! love it!
joe, is there a pic of your new sliding box camera somewhere? love to see it!

t

JoeVanCleave
03-13-2010, 11:46 PM
fantastic! love it!
joe, is there a pic of your new sliding box camera somewhere? love to see it!

t

See this link:

http://f295.f295.org/uploads/Blah.pl?m-1268266965/

Jim Jones
03-14-2010, 02:25 PM
. . . I might end up buying one of those fancy tilting view camera mounts, but this will do for now. . . .

We can learn much from the technology of a hundred years ago. This was fabricated from hardware store items and scrap plywood. Two T-nuts permit mounting in either of two positions on the tripod. A thumb screw and wing nut are retained by a stop nut under the big fender washer, and secure the camera. Threaded rods were epoxied into tapped holes on the sides of the base plate. Wing nuts on these clamp the lid brackets at any angle from 0 to 90 degrees.

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earlj
03-14-2010, 02:49 PM
Outstanding, Jim. I will think seriously about a setup like this. I am finding that it is easier to get the left right level correct than it is to adjust the tilt once the left-right has been achieved. This looks like a good solution, and the price is right.

Mike68
03-29-2010, 09:01 PM
Just found this thread Earl. This is really a great find. You probably remember that Fred Picker was selling a very substantial tripod through his Zone VI Studios. I always wanted one but they were pretty expensive. The surveyors tripod you have is very similar. Have a great time using it in your pinhole work.
Mike