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show user profile  kunoichi
I will be shooting a time lapse video from a building with strict security protocols. They don't want me to use a tripod and I obviously can't handhold my DSLR (Canon 5DMKII) or use a monopod. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to best secure my camera?
I'd also like to know what people here use for their DSLR video rigs and their setup when shooting tethered to a laptop while working outside of your studio. Thanks
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2/20/2011 5:58:21 AM (last edit: 2/20/2011 5:59:34 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Gorilla pod.

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2/20/2011 11:03:17 AM (last edit: 2/20/2011 11:03:17 AM)
show user profile  Bolteon
and if that is still over the limit..

a bag of rice. 3/4's full.

-Marko Mandaric

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2/20/2011 12:02:26 PM (last edit: 2/20/2011 12:02:26 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
Here are the parts for my setup:
Manfrotto Super Clamp:
Tripod Head Mounting Plate:
RRS Ballhead:
and an L-plate for your camera:

I've used it on rails, tables and window sills when I can't use a tripod for some reason and the camera and lens don't move at all which is exactly what you'll need for time lapse.

This may also come in handy:

I'll take a picture of my setup when I have the time and I'll post it here.
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2/20/2011 10:31:39 PM (last edit: 2/25/2011 7:05:11 AM)
show user profile  nm8r
I just reread your question and realized I only answered one part.
For DSLR Video rigs I use a combination of products from Zacuto, Red Rock Micro, Cinevate and Jag35.
I think Zacuto's viewfinder is the best out there. Letus makes a pretty good viewfinder too and Jag35 has a good product called the Monitor X. Jag35 has pretty good, less expensive rigs that mate well with Zacuto.

For working on a laptop that's tethered, I use a Really Right Stuff camera support bar:

with 2 quick release lever clamps and laptop table from :
and a ballhead mounted to one side of the support bar.

These guys have a similar table setup, much like what Joe Mcnally uses:

On ebay, Gini (Korean) makes pretty good rigs as well -
but I have no personal experience with them.

A very good Korean manufacturer of ballheads is Markins :
I use Markins, Really Right Stuff and Arca Swiss ballheads.
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2/22/2011 1:17:13 AM (last edit: 3/6/2011 9:28:25 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
maybe a silly question but what's the reason they don't allow a tripod ?

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2/22/2011 4:32:58 AM (last edit: 2/22/2011 4:32:58 AM)
show user profile  hiostu
that's probably cause the tripods these days can be very easily modified into a rocket launcher. And you really don't want that in a building with strict security protocols.
My Photographs @ Flickr

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2/22/2011 8:47:58 AM (last edit: 2/22/2011 8:47:58 AM)
show user profile  kunoichi
thanks for the replies. I just ordered the new toys nm8r!
Security personnel love to give photographers a hard time. Especially when they're carrying modified rocket launchers. This is a time when everyone with a digital camera is a "pro" so it won't get any better.
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2/22/2011 10:08:01 AM (last edit: 2/22/2011 10:08:01 AM)
show user profile  nm8r
Here are some photos of my setup.
On window sill with clamp -

My handheld DSLR Rig. I'll post my shoulder rig when I get it back from my friend.

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2/23/2011 10:04:59 PM (last edit: 3/5/2011 10:16:03 PM)
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