DYI 3D Shooting Rail & Bracket

Discussion in 'Do-it-yourself (DIY)' started by johnsey, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. johnsey

    johnsey Site Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

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    I figured I'd share a fun do it yourself project I made. About a decade ago I was working on a project shootin my hometown's downtown area in 3D. I made a very simple low tech rail system to obtain the images on the same plane but spaced apart.

    Its simplicity was its beauty really:
    1 2x2 bar cut down to maybe 2 feet with threaded nut inserted in the center so i could bolt it to my tipod head quick release.
    1 piece of angled steel about 6inches long that i mounted to the bottom of the camera.
    1 C Clamp to lock the angled steel to the wooden rail if needed.

    The great part was i could just rest it on the rail for many shots because of shutter speed, and quickly grab images from a variety of distances apart. Since 3D images take a bit experience and trial and error to find the sweet spot based on subject distance.

    Anyway, it was a fun DYI rig and a real fun project. I'll see if i can find the parts and set it up for a photo if people are curious, I fear the wooden bar used for the rail may be long gone.
     
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  2. Phil

    Phil Administrator Staff Member Site Supporter

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    I'd like to see photos of how you did it. I've been thinking building a slide rail for video/time lapse photography
     
  3. johnsey

    johnsey Site Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

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    I'll see if i can locate the parts to show it off. Sadly it would not be suitable for video as it wasn't really a rail system, it was far more simple, just a wood bar on a tripod with a camera c clamped to it. Which was more suited to the purpose I was using it for.
     

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