No 56k: Want to make a car rig? Here's my story . . .

Are you driving on publich roads like that? :D

So this is a no-no? :p

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Not sure what german traffic or cops would say to that :p
Dont really care, since i dont live in ?rmani . . . :p
 
Did a little rig session yesterday. Still learning the rig, pics have flaws, some a bit shaky, some butchered in PS :p But overall, I'm happy with them. Friend pushed the car on all the pics, will try the cable pull next time.

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Not sure why I cant find PM system. Sorry to revive this thread, but do you know the diameters and lengths of all of your pipes? and I assume they are aluminum? Im trying to build my own rig from your inspiration. So cool. thanks!
 
Not sure why I cant find PM system. Sorry to revive this thread, but do you know the diameters and lengths of all of your pipes? and I assume they are aluminum? Im trying to build my own rig from your inspiration. So cool. thanks!

Of course i know :D

Pipes :


IMG_9586 by Boobo_oobo, on Flickr

3 sections of 2m aluminium, 50x2mm (or it could be 50x2.5mm, not 100% sure). One section has two 20cm, 60x5mm aluminium, pipes welded on the ends (you can see one end on the pic). So the other two pipes just slide into the connecting part.

You have more pics here http://www.flickr.com/photos/96355686@N05/sets/ so check that out. For any more info, shoot.
 
How are your poles held together? Or do they stay in with friction? You mention that they just slide into the larger pipes. How do they not fall out?
 
How are your poles held together? Or do they stay in with friction? You mention that they just slide into the larger pipes. How do they not fall out?

Friction. Also tapped some holes for screws (you can see one in the pic), but i never used them, the weight if the pipes holds everything in place.
 
Something about hanging 3000 dollars of camera equipment on the end of a boom attached to moving car tells me that I need to secure each and every last bit of my rig. Just sounds scary to let friction play a role in rig photography. Not to mention if one of the poles slips out and hits a client's car, I'd be ruined.
 
I noticed you use a compact digital. Have you ever tried a dslr with a wide lens on your rig? Think it would be able to hold it ok?
 
Just how fast do you think these cars are moving? When we did the shots of my car, we just let the car roll back or forth down a very small incline with the engine off and someone was on guard to catch the rig if something let go.
 
I know the car isn't moving more than pushing speeds. I just feel uncomfortable hanging so much of my hard earned money off the side of a car on a boom that isn't completely secured. I'll use some form of securing the boom pieces together thanks. I can still be on guard to keep it safe should anything go wrong. But I was the possibility of disaster to be as minimal as possible. Just sayin
 
I know the car isn't moving more than pushing speeds. I just feel uncomfortable hanging so much of my hard earned money off the side of a car on a boom that isn't completely secured. I'll use some form of securing the boom pieces together thanks. I can still be on guard to keep it safe should anything go wrong. But I was the possibility of disaster to be as minimal as possible. Just sayin

Been making rigs now for 2 years. Use what you want, im just telling you how it is. No way the poles are gonna slide out, the friction it too large, especially when you put a huge DSLR on the end, the force is huge, since the lever is so long. Physics. Ive been driving with it, not just pushing, done all sorts of dumb stuff, never had issues. Is something is gonna give, its gonna be the suction cup, not the poles.
 
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Well, you just have to make sure the tolerances are small enough.

And when are you going to make a rig that can support my DSLR "properly"? :p
 
Well, you just have to make sure the tolerances are small enough.

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Close enough.

And when are you going to make a rig that can support my DSLR "properly"? :p

Didn't see any mayor issues, but i did make a cable support system for it. Every rig bends, that's a fact. And its gonna bend when you put 2-3kg on the end of an 6m pole.

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(now i see a bug in that setup :D)

But the poles are more than enought to handle the weight. Like I said, its the suction cups that will go first, if something gonna go wrong . . .
It handled your DSLR just fine, so stop complaining. You took like 2 shots of each angle, and got all of them sharp as fuck. The weight actually helps with this, more inertia, less bounce.

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With my setup its like this :


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And made one more thing in the meantime, just to help with the transport, DIY foam cases.
Always wanted those, but they are pricey. So, made them myself. Quite happy how it turned out.

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Finally a proper test with my new camera. Took me a while to get a new camera, but here we are :D For this setup, 6D+17-40 i only need 4m of pipes, instead of 6m. Its more rigid, less bounce, sharper images. Cases i made make setting up this thing a joy. Love it. Happy that I did this shoot, need to do more rigshots and practice . . .

Results :


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Why can't the rest of Europe have such pretty plates :(
 
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