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Francois Xavier
Hanging EX3 upside-down for overhead shot
on Nov 23, 2008 at 6:59:10 am

We need to shoot a chef cutting vegetables in his kitchen from directly overhead. There is a rail system for lights in the kitchen and little trolleys with rods and pantographs (foba.ch/pdf/FOBA_ceiling_rail_system.pdf) used to hang lights that weight more than the Sony EX3, so we want to use this.

Short of making some L-bracket from scratch, is there an existing device or tripod part to screw the camera on and then screw the device to the rod?

Thanks for any help!


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brian young
Re: Hanging EX3 upside-down for overhead shot
on Nov 23, 2008 at 3:21:17 pm

this work?

http://www.vfgadgets.com/grip-camera/hdv-handle-bracket

another option would be to suspend/hang a mirror above the talent/cooking area and shoot the mirror.


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Francois Xavier
Re: Hanging EX3 upside-down for overhead shot
on Nov 23, 2008 at 3:33:01 pm

Thanks Brian, unfortunately neither would work for me. The bit that I'm missing is something that can be screwed to the back of the camera, angled and then screwed into a vertical bar hanging from the ceiling. This probably exists as an accessory of some kind.

Mirror shooting is not too good for me, with hot steam coming up it's bound to catch some, and I'd rather hang the camera itself above.
But thanks a lot for your advice anyway!



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Bruce Rawlings
Re: Hanging EX3 upside-down for overhead shot
on Nov 24, 2008 at 7:48:48 am

How about a magic arm?



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Francois Xavier
Re: Hanging EX3 upside-down for overhead shot
on Nov 24, 2008 at 12:42:40 pm

Thanks Bruce
Manfrotto's Magic Arm holds only 6 pounds of weight, but could I use a Manfrotto/Bogen Superclamp? How could I screw the camera baseplate onto the superclamp? What screw/plate would I need for that?




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Ben Hall
Re: Hanging EX3 upside-down for overhead shot
on Nov 24, 2008 at 10:55:33 pm

I wouldn't hang it as much as I would consider tilting it downward. To mount there are a variety of options in terms of using a high hat and head. You can also cheaply build a "high hat esque platform" with small lumber.



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