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#1 Old Man

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:31 AM

Davetavt01,  I would love to see your DIY solution for the counter weights on a C5+ mount. 

  My original post was deleted due to the rules in TOS. If you can still post the pics I would like to see your solution.

 

           Thanks,  Mike



#2 Daveatvt01

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 03:05 AM

Hi,

 

My solution uses a long bolt (1/4-20) with the head cut off, two nuts, one wing nut, two large slightly bent washers, and one or more weights. The end of the long bolt is notched so it can be unscrewed with a flat head screwdriver. You do have to make sure that the weight is positioned so it does not come into contact with the the drive base or the wedge.

 

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#3 Old Man

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 01:50 PM

That is not to bad. I had not thought of a weight quite that big in diameter. How long is the threaded rod you are using?

   I may have to make up something similar.

 

     Thanks,  Mike



#4 Daveatvt01

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:37 PM

The rod is about 5.75 inches long. Sometimes i use sockets from a socket set or stacks of washers too for more precise balance in addition to the weights.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 04:14 AM

Hey Mike,

 

the thread on the C5+ arm is 1/4 that is common in Photo Equipment. So on my C5+ I use Gimbal Counterweights. They came in different sizes. You can screw them directly to the mount and add as many as you need by stacking them on top of each other. 

 

I use these Counterweights:

https://tinyurl.com/y4uzg5o3

 

I also build myself a "plug & play" slidable solution out of a rod and clamp (Also Photo Equipment). The rod is screwed to the C5 arm. The counterweights are stacked onto the clamp that slides on the rod.

Rod: https://tinyurl.com/y3hhf2dy

M12 to 1/4 adapter for the rod: https://tinyurl.com/y6xs5rfj

Clamp: https://tinyurl.com/y4e4uhuy

 

But I mostly stick with the counterweights directly screwed to the C5 arm if needed.

 

Greetings from Germany,

Stefan


Edited by StefanM, 13 January 2021 - 07:58 AM.

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#6 Daveatvt01

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 04:19 PM

The gimbal counterweights are neat!



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Posted 17 January 2021 - 06:38 AM

Yes and installable right of the box. wink.gif I use the 3 different available sizes to set approx. the weight I have added with extra equipment and then make a test by turning the mount by hand from one side to the other. If it feels right and balanced I’m pretty sure the motor can handle it. It’s a sturdy little mount.

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