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Securing a Remote Camera Lens
Thomas Moriarty, Photographer
West Hatfield | MA | USA | Posted: 2:39 PM on 10.19.09
->> I will be setting up a remote camera on top of the cross bar of a football goal post. The camera will be used to shoot a field hockey game. My question is how do you secure the lens. I can secure the camera, variable friction arm, super clamp with wire cables, but what can I do to secure the lens (Canon 24-70)?
Thanks
Tom
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Guy Rhodes, Photographer
East Chicago | IN | USA | Posted: 3:02 PM on 10.19.09
->> Could you use some sort of a hose clamp around the lens? You could probably clip into the metal band that runs around the hose clamp (what tightens it).

Something like this:

http://www.stainlessclamp.com/fittings145287-rapidpipeclampwithepdm.htm
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Brian Cripe, Photographer, Assistant
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 3:53 PM on 10.19.09
->> I don't really know that you need to secure the lens - it's already attached to the camera pretty well. The only times I've worried about securing a lens is on an overhead (i.e. basketball) where the lens is secured with a tripod collar and the camera is also cabled. In the unlikely event the lens becomes separated from the body on a goal post cam, it's not going to seriously injure someone, especially if it's outside the field of play.

On another note, I've put a remote on a goalpost for football (before I get flamed by people, it was approved by the referees and the SID, and was mounted on the underside of the support pipe and outside the field of play) - you probably won't be able to do it with a superclamp since the pipe is about 6 inches in diameter. What I've done is cut a PVC pipe in half (get the largest size you can, in at least schedule 40 - 4 inch will work and is pretty common). Drill a hole in the center for a 3/8-16 bolt and cut a few slits to put straps through. You can them put a ball-head on the bolt and run straps through the slits and around the pipe to secure the assembly to the crossbar. Total cost will be around $8-10 for pipe, straps and a bolt. If you'd like photos of my setup, let me know.
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Thomas Moriarty, Photographer
West Hatfield | MA | USA | Posted: 4:35 PM on 10.19.09
->> Guy, thanks for the idea of the clamp, I think that is quite doable.

Brian, the camera will be mounted in the middle of the crossbar, there is a flat plate where the base post connects the crossbar that I can attach the super clamp on. It will be about 15 yards back from the playing field. I would like to see your setup for the post. I will see what type of view I get from around 11 feet above the goal. The next time I mount a remote I could mount on an upright post and be able to get the camera higher up. I may like that angle better.
Thanks
Tom
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Guy Rhodes, Photographer
East Chicago | IN | USA | Posted: 4:44 PM on 10.19.09
->> Thomas,

I didn't post this in my first reply, but I also agree with Brian with the idea that safety'ing a 24-70 is probably not necessary given that it's already locked onto the camera body.
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