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Making a hide clamp from a tripod. Can it be done? (1 Viewer)


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I have a Manfrotto tripod, and am principally a photographer. I'm not looking to get some dedicated spotting scope equipment, because that all seems to have different fittings to those on my camera/tripod setup.

What I was wondering is...is there anyway of using the removable central column of my Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod with a clamp type thingy? I'd need a clamp that holds onto hide shelves, but that also clamps round the column. Problem is that the column is not round, but a semi hexagonal and semi round shape. Good for use in tripod, but difficult to marry up with anything else.

Is there anything out there that I can use?

Jon Turner

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I made one out of an old tripood a few years back. Free! I can't show you a pic as it is my house in Spain! I clamp it to the balcony rail so I can watch the raptors go over, and the beer is closer!


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The problem with using a hide clamp is they all depend on the strength of the shelf you fix them to. Very few hides have shelves that are strong enough to give good support to a camera with a long lens.

The best way to do it is to use a monopod with a clamp fixed to it. This way you have the clamp firmly fixed to the hide shelf and the leg of the monopod going down to the floor. It makes a really solid support.

I've made a few for friends. When I can remember where I bought the clamps that attach to the monopod from, I'll post a link to them.

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