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Melanie Easton
Attaching accessories to side of DSLR?
on Nov 18, 2015 at 1:29:49 am
Last Edited By Melanie Easton on Nov 18, 2015 at 1:30:40 am

Hello fellow DSLR shooters,

I came across this great camera + audio setup in this article where the author has built their own side mount to attach their Zoom recorder to the side of their camera in a way that actually allows them to look at the screen and monitor the levels while recording.

http://dpexperience.com/2010/03/18/recording-audio-with-your-video-dslr-par...

The author has built the mount themselves in this case, but I was wondering if anyone's seen something like this (or similar) that you could buy?

I've been googling away but can't find anything like it. Thought I'd toss it out here in case anyone has seen one.

Thanks!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Attaching accessories to side of DSLR?
on Nov 18, 2015 at 4:58:37 pm

If you scroll down in the article to:

My Zoom H4n to camera mount

...he describes the entire setup.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Steve Crow
Re: Attaching accessories to side of DSLR?
on Nov 18, 2015 at 5:08:02 pm

I use a bracket from Bracket 1 to hold two lav mic rcvr packages but it could just as easily be the Zoom if i attached a mini cold shoe pivot thingy - cant come up with the right name but its about 2 inches long

Steve Crow


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Steve Crow
Re: Attaching accessories to side of DSLR?
on Nov 18, 2015 at 5:57:46 pm
Last Edited By Steve Crow on Nov 18, 2015 at 5:58:20 pm

Oh here's a link to an old video of mine showing the setup I was talking about:



and the thingy I was trying to describe is like this (Multi-Function Ball Head or Ball Joint or....? ):

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/818219-REG/Vello_cs_bh_1_Multi_Functi...

Steve Crow


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Melanie Easton
Re: Attaching accessories to side of DSLR?
on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:12:12 pm

Thanks Joe, I did actually read the article, was just hoping to be able to find a single piece of gear or something that was already assembled to do the job. I'm in Australia and tracking down specific individual bits of gear to assemble can be a frustrating process. I'm perhaps being a bit lazy about it.

Steve - thanks for the video, that's a great setup you've put together. It helps to see all the different steps/parts used and how you've rigged it all up. I've never needed an audio setup till now so struggling to work out where to put the bits and pieces, and creative rig assembly isn't really my strong suit. So thanks!

Also... I think "bracket" was the search term I was missing. Finding a lot of different options now on ebay that I hadn't seen before.

Thank you!


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Steve Crow
Re: Attaching accessories to side of DSLR?
on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:23:53 pm

No worries Melanie. The other, similar, approach are dslr "cages" which you can combine with rails and even shoulder pads. Cages can also give you an easy way to add a top handle if you see yourself doing lots of low to the ground handheld type shots.

The cages have many connection points to attach accessories but for me I needed to be able to work with two lavalier audio receivers at the same time and while it's probably possible to do so with a cage, I think some workarounds might be required.

Steve Crow


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Attaching accessories to side of DSLR?
on Nov 20, 2015 at 5:21:11 pm

Here's a good source for all sorts of rig components, and they won't break the bank:

http://www.coollcd.com/

Although they're in China, the shipping is fast, and the quality is exceptional. They'll even fabricate custom stuff.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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