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#1 MagicDruid


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 12:22 PM

Are there special brackets that will allow me mount my Canon 5D on D type mount that will hold the camera so that the lens is parallel to my refractor scope. Using a 400mm lens with camera that also has a tripod mount, but neither camera or lens has more than one screw hole. This allows a point of pivot and I can't be sure things are in alignment with scope

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:06 PM

I use this adaptor for my 5DII


I have attached a 70-200 2.8 II to it and it has been very stable.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:09 PM

Re-read your post and don't think it is what you are looking for. Sorry.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:56 PM

With all the accessory gear companies are making to support DSLR video I expect there's already a bracket combination of some sort designed to do something almost exactly like this, or at least close enough. The name that comes to mind is "Really Right Stuff," but I'd be there are also other makers/options. From them you'd need something like a quick release bracket, plus a base plate that would screw to the bottom of the Canon. Some of these companies make a baseplate specific for the 5D, to hold it pretty rigidly, but if not, I think there's a standard pattern where there's an alignment pin in addition to the screw hole to keep a camera lined up straight.

Then you'd need to screw the quick release bracket to your refractor mounting rings, perhaps with some sort of dovetail plate and/or clamp in between. But it sounds doable?

If your lens is heavy enough it needs independent support, you're probably in need of something more complicated, but I bet you could find something workable from among the stuff they make for DSLR filmmakers. In that case, you might start with a blog by a filmmaker named Vincent LaFloret... I only stumbled on it because of some film he made back when they were moving the space shuttles around to various museums, but I got curious and looked through it a bit, and I remember seeing reviews on a bunch of gear that might be relevant.

Good luck,

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:38 PM

You could do something like this.


With a 400mm lens you would attach to the lens not the camera. You could upgrade the ball head if you camera and lens are too heavy.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:19 PM

Samir has successfully mounted a range of DSLR lenses onto mounts. Have a peruse of his website, especially the second link for some examples..


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