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huntingfanatic
11-30-2006, 09:53 PM
After seeing several of my buddies "trophytool" camera mounts and seeing Howards thread on his camera mount I decided to build my own. The key was to find a smooth inexpensive ball head like the one "trophytool" uses. After some searching online and ebay I found the perfect size to use on a clamp. Here are the specs and some pics. I have used it for several weeks now and it works great. I simply drilled a hole through the clamp, put the nut on and tightened it up snug. Then all you have to do is to screw on the clamp. It took me about 5 minutes to build. I may camo spray paint the clamp just for fun but it is certainly not necessary

Clamp - $ 2.00

Giotto Ball head- Between $10.00 and $14.00 depending on where you get it. I got mine on ebay for 14.00 but found it later for 10.00 on www.adorama.com

Screw and bolt- $1.00

TOTAL- $12.00

hillcountryhunter
12-02-2006, 11:34 PM
Awesome idea. I actually saw this and went ahead got me the parts. Thanks for the idea. A little camo tape and it should be ready for the feild. Thanks.

Chew
12-04-2006, 08:55 PM
That looks great. How do you pan and tilt the camera? Just grab it by hand and move it? Any ideas for putting a pan/tilt handle on it? Looks great. Where did you buy the clamp?

huntingfanatic
12-05-2006, 09:48 AM
Bobby,
I got the clamp at Lowes. On that one I just move it by hand. I also built one that uses Howards idea but it is just about as easy for me in my hunting situations to move it by hand just like a normal "trophytool"

Here is the link to Howards idea
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1060

Big_gun
12-08-2006, 05:47 PM
I built 2 of them ... thanks for the info!!!!

huntingfanatic
12-08-2006, 09:11 PM
BG,

I am glad it worked for you. Pretty simple huh. Did you get the head from Adorama??

Big_gun
12-09-2006, 01:05 PM
Yeah bought to of them to reduce shipping cost... figure one for the video one for the still... wasn't sure whether to use the 1/4" bolt or remove the little adaptor and go with 3/8".... I found a 1/2" bolt that was 1/4-20 so that is the way I went. ...

But after I got it together I was thinking I could use a lot longer bolt and make the mount sit up about 2-3" from the clamp, but don't know if that would gain anything or not.

Rattler
12-09-2006, 11:51 PM
Here is mine I have been using for 2 seasons with no problem:

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195

woody
07-08-2007, 11:34 AM
I just ordered my swivel head from the same company and will go to lowes to get the clamp. Thanks for the idea !!! Woody

woody
07-21-2007, 06:39 PM
Finally got mine put together. I could not find the hard plastic clamps, so i bought a strong metal one, seems to work OK. My wife thought it was a waste of money. She told me that i was not Dan {Fitzgerald} and no one would pay to see my videos. Obviously opposites attract, I love that woman. I can mount this facing out 1 window of my stand and get a video of my hunt. Now I just need a digital video camera. I think i will make that her Christmas present. Woody

http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/7442/cameramount002fr3.th.jpg (http://img259.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cameramount002fr3.jpg)


http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/6317/cameramount001af0.th.jpg (http://img72.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cameramount001af0.jpg)

TXPalerider
07-25-2007, 05:18 PM
Finally got mine put together. I could not find the hard plastic clamps, so i bought a strong metal one, seems to work OK. My wife thought it was a waste of money. She told me that i was not Dan {Fitzgerald} and no one would pay to see my videos. .............. Woody




Heck, I'm thoroughly impressed with your wifes knowledge. My wife would have absolutely NO CLUE who Dan Fitzgerald is. :D

I gotta get to work on a camera mount. The season is coming quick!