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Attempting to make camera heavier

srivas285
Apprentice

Hello all! 

 

So I recently purchased a EOS M50 and I really do like it as it's my first camera so entry level felt right. However, I hit a slight snag and instead of trying to back track on it, I'd like to make it work. 

 

I purchased the DJI Ronin S stablizer. However, I learned that that stabilizer really favors heavier cameras so properly setting it up isn't working becaue it's too light. 

 

I thought to add balance weights between the camera and mounting plate but I can't find any 1/4 screws that are long ehough and have the correct threading in order to do this.

 

So I'm looking for guidance / suggestions! 

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If you went to a workshop that does digital printing or cutting, you could get them to print a metal plate for you that fits the bottom of the camera, with holes for the various ports - e.b. threaded for a tripod and an opening for the battery.  That is likely to keep the balance of the camera on the body rather than pushing the C of G forward with a heavy lens.


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srivas285
Apprentice

Also, I know if I got a bigger lens I would be able to balance it, but I'm looking to use some of my other lenses such as my 24MM and 50MM. 

If you went to a workshop that does digital printing or cutting, you could get them to print a metal plate for you that fits the bottom of the camera, with holes for the various ports - e.b. threaded for a tripod and an opening for the battery.  That is likely to keep the balance of the camera on the body rather than pushing the C of G forward with a heavy lens.


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me


@Tronhard wrote:

If you went to a workshop that does digital printing or cutting, you could get them to print a metal plate for you that fits the bottom of the camera, with holes for the various ports - e.b. threaded for a tripod and an opening for the battery.  That is likely to keep the balance of the camera on the body rather than pushing the C of G forward with a heavy lens.


Note, though, that nothing that doesn't stiffen the front of the camera body will help to counteract the strain placed on the camera body by a heavy lens. Simply moving the CoG rearward will not do it. I recognize that that's not necessarily the issue in this case, but it's worth keeping in mind.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Absolutely agreed Bob. I would favour the plate solution rather than committing to a heavy lens. Not only would it put strain on the mount it would throw the CofG forward. A custom-made base plate for the body would seem to me to be the best solution. It's a pity there doesn't seem to be a battery grip for this body, that might have been a solution.

 

The closest I can find is the Really Right Stuff BCM5-L Set L-Plate for Canon EOS M5 - it would add about 50gm of weight, but we don't know how much weight is wanted...

   


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me

I'm gonna look in to getting a custom base plate. I had a Roxant stabilizer and I tried to somehow mount the weights that it came with to the camera but I couldn't find a screw long enough to put all 3 weights plus the Ronin S base plate on. But this seems easy enough. Just get a base plate that would cover the rectangular portion of the bottom of the camera and make sure that it's heavy enough. 

 

I appreciate everyones help! 


@srivas285 wrote:

I'm gonna look in to getting a custom base plate. I had a Roxant stabilizer and I tried to somehow mount the weights that it came with to the camera but I couldn't find a screw long enough to put all 3 weights plus the Ronin S base plate on. But this seems easy enough. Just get a base plate that would cover the rectangular portion of the bottom of the camera and make sure that it's heavy enough. 

 

I appreciate everyones help! 


There is a name for a “custom base plate.”  It is called a set of rails.  Mount the camera on a set of 15mm rails.

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Ray-uk
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Perhaps a housebrick and a piece of gaffer tape might do it Smiley LOL

Waddizzle
Legend
Try mounting the camera on rails.
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