2009 February 4th, 02:05
DIY Track Dolly + DIY 35mm DOF Adapter
Hey, I just finished my Track Dolly, and paired it up with my 35mm Adapter, Manfrotto Tripod, and HV20. I think it looks pretty promising... I may have to put something under the PVC pipe on rough pavement to make it roll smoother. Have a look, comments and criticisms are more then welcome.
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2009 February 4th, 04:28
Woah, random... fellow Victoria guy here! So there's at least two HV20's in town.
Looks really nice, kind of a scary look from the dude at the end, though.
What DIY methods did you use for your "upgrades"?
2009 February 4th, 08:24
I think that turned out great... would love to hear the details of your DIY pieces.
2009 February 4th, 08:38
I love these dolly shots, it gives an very professional look to the shoot.
Do you have an pic of your setup?
2009 February 4th, 11:19
Really nice. Good job man
Show us your rig and dolly.
2009 February 4th, 16:39
Haha, yeah, I'm actually from Sidney, but since I'm at Uvic I'm staying in Victoria.
Originally Posted by Snarpo
Hey! That GUY is me jk, to be honest, I didn't plan on making it look creepy, but after I had the footage captured it seemed like that angle might work. I shot it all myself in about 20mins, and at the end I was just looking really intently on the Hv20 LCD while I rolled the rig into proper focus with a squeege on a broom stick.
The 35mm DoF Adapter was built using Daniel's design and GG holder > http://www.jetsetmodels.info/news.htm
The Track Dolly was built using the Digital Juice Track Dolly design >
Other then that, its just an Hv20 with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, on a Manfrotto tripod (I have 701 RC2 tripod head, but it wasn't nessicarry for these shots, becuase I didn't do any pans durring the rolling shots).
I'll post shots of my setup when I get a chance.
Oh, if any of you Victoria guys out there happen to have a Canon f/1.4 or Nikon f/1.4 lens, any chance we could meet up and give it a try?
Often times there is too much light loss with the 1.8 lens indoors, I'd love to see what a faster lens is capable of indoors before i shell out the $$ for it.
2009 February 4th, 16:56
Did you build a 3'x'3 platform or go with something smaller?
2009 February 4th, 17:08
Yeah, its 3' x 3' ... i used a 3/4 " piece of ply-wood and a 6' peice of angle-aluminum, which i cut in half, thus producing two 3' lengths fo each side of the track dolly.
Originally Posted by 151
One thing that i would like to add to it however, is a inch high wall around the edge of it to brace the tripod in. The tripod legs, when full extended only have about an inch each of room to move toward the outer edge. I frequenly worry that one leg will slip of a side and the life of my camera will end a half-second later.
2009 February 5th, 19:59
I see that that guy in the video build a 1" platform by using 2 1/2" pieces of plywood glued together...Do you find the 3/4" to be strong enough or do you now wish you would have went with the 1" set up?
2009 February 5th, 20:57
3/4" is perfectly fine. I can stand or sit on it no problem... infact, its pretty fun to run and hop onto it, and ride the rails
Originally Posted by 151
However... most places I've been to sell plywood in only 4' x 8' sections... so it makes sence to get an 1/2" thick sheet, and cut out 3' x 3' squares, and fasten them together to keep excess to a minimum.
That being said, I was able to buy a half-sheet (4' x 4') of 3/4", so I went with it and have no regrets.... infact, it perfectly stable, and abit lighter than a 1" would have been.
Also note, I went for the premum PVC... 'Sched 40' I think it was called... the cheap stuff they had at home depot 'non-csa' (whatever that means) was the same diameter, but really thinly walled, and I don't think it would have supported the weight of me and by rig without cracking, or flexing to the point where the wheels would bind.
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