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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:48 am 
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Woody Meristem wrote:
I use a steel stake called a concrete stake; they're solid steel rods available from 18" to 3' long pointed on one end and with a series of holes drilled along their length on the other end. Like John, I won't put a camera out unless it's cable locked to something immobile; usually that's the trunk of a tree or large shrub but sometimes a large rock will do. I've used a cable with loops at both ends to effectively extend the length of a Python lock (using plastic-coated 5/16" cable and cable clamps to make the loops).


I use the same stake as Woody but I weld a 6"x1"x1/8" tab on the bottom to keep it from turning in the ground. To hold the camera I use a 1.5" RAM ball and short arm.

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I like that.... I just got done making something similar, but a little taller, and not a ram ball mount, but I may switch to that..... Does the 1.5" Ram Ball support a 1300 Pelican, and camera unit? Just a little worried it won't stay in place, but maybe they would...


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:58 am 
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My favorite stand is from Stic-n-pic

Those are nice looking rigs, but a concrete stake is less than $5. I fasten my steel camera boxes to the stake with a 1/4"x20 bolt and wing nut. That way the camera can be tilted side-to-side so the photos are vertical -- here's one at a very low setup -


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:11 pm 
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Some nice ideas on here. I use a salvaged steel angle with a tripod-sized threaded bolt welded to the top and a cheap (but sturdy) ball mount. I got a few different sized lengths of steel cut so I could vary the camera height too.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:17 pm 
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Bones wrote:
Nice setup, but isn't that a lot to carry with you out to the field?

I should have mentioned this is the rig I use for DSLR on steep rocky slopes in high wind areas.
Nothing beats it for that. Can be broken down to fit in a large backpack with DSLR, housing, triggers, and flashes
I use it when the plan is to leave the set in the same place for a couple of weeks.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:37 pm 
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Never any good trees where I camtrap. I build a small oak sled and attach 1.5" Ram mount.
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I've used a couple different things...a 2x2 stake with a 1.5 ram ball, 1 inch re-bar with a u-bolt 1.5 ram ball, wooden stand made from 4x4 post with a 2x6 4 leg base. My intentions with these stands was mainly for winter sets when the ground is frozen and pounding a stake is next to impossible. They a sturdy, stable and free standing...but a pain in the butt to pack in. Image
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:33 am 
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I've tried making my own stands over the years but they were bulky and difficult to pack in. Most of my setups are at least 4 miles from my vehicle in difficult terrain. I now have a solution that is easy to pack, very flexible in use, lightweight, and works 100% of the time. I don't have to sell much footage to pay for stands for all of my cameras.

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Inspired by Pred I put this together this morning. I have a location I can't drive anything into the ground so this should work with a few rocks on the base legs.ImageImage

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:56 pm 
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Never any shortage of creative and innovative folks on this site. Wish I had something cool to add, but I just take a cordless drill (and some screws), camo duct tape and a hatchet start looking around for what might work (trees, stumps, rocks etc), then go from there. The Ram Mounts make a world of difference and they are worth every penny.


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