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  1. Need your help in developing custom camera plates

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    I have been working on custom camera plates that feature
    • reproducible mounting
    • strong anti-twisting
    • multi-camera compatibility
    • automatic alignment with quick release clamp and hence lens axis

    I will have one plate for all mid range Canon DSLRS from 20D to 60D, 7D and 5DII and another for the rebel from 300D to 600D. I will have a few for Nikon DSLRs that utilize a anti-twisting flange. To design the plates, I have bought many cameras.

    In order to design camera plates with wide compatibility, I need to know the shape of cameras in the market. To save my cost, I need to get some preliminary data before I get a real camera for measurement and testing. I can then rent a camera or buy a camera and sell it quickly. I can skip some models with similar shape. Your help will reduce my cost and time of camera plate development. I will put higher priorities for models with your input. Because of highly irregular shape of "point & shoot" cameras. I badly need data for them.

    Here is how you can help me.
    You need to have a flatbed scanner. Please send a scan of camera base at 600dpi to
    design.fanotec @ gm ail. co m. Remove spaces in between.

    Here are cameras I already have the data. So no scan is needed.

    Canon
    5D/ 5DII/ 7D/ 10D/ 20D/ 40D/ 60D
    300D/ 350D/ 450D/ 550D
    G9

    Fujifilm
    S2Pro/ S5Pro

    Minolta
    D7D

    Nikon
    D70/ D90/ D100/ D200/ D300/ D700/ D7000
    P5100

    Olympus
    E-1/ E-330/ E-510

    Panasonic
    G1H/ GF1/ Lx2

    Sony
    A900/ Nex 5


    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Nick
    Last edited by nick fan; 08-27-2011 at 10:25 AM.



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  2. RE: quick release plates on new camera plate.

    #2

    Please, Please, Please -- make the quick release plate optional for the new camera plates. I don't need any additional hardware other than a bolt to attach my camera to the arm of my NN3. I don't need quick release capability but I do need a non-twisting plate with reproducible alignment.

    I'm looking for a scanner to scan the bottom of my LX3...
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    Hi Nick,

    will send D3100 and D3.

    Heinz
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    Hello Heinz,

    I have a flatbed scanner and Nikon D3100 so have sent a 600dpi scan of the D3100 to Nick, but I don't have a D3 to scan and I see he already has data for a D300.

    Best regards, Hugh.
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    Thx Hugh,

    I have already sent D3100 and D3 scan to Nick.

    Best regards,
    Heinz
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    Hello Nick,

    I told Mauro in Italy before that I have some ideas for "the perfect plate".

    The Plate I use for my Nikon D3 has a round edge at one side to fix the body in every position, that's a must! What I miss are some marks for the center of the body (Front/backside). It is really important for me to find an arcaswiss-compatible plate which never moves, nor in landscape neither in portrait format... AND...

    Very important also: Have a look at backrapid. This is a fantastic solution to use your camera on tripod and with a strap. It's really comfortable. Perhaps you can build an arcaswiss-compatible plate with such a connector? I would buy some!!!

    If you need a beta-tester - send me an email

    I found some connetors which are to small to fit proper, so the FR-T1 is the best size I found. Unfortunately (for me) there is no arcaswiss-plate on the market which fit the FR-T1.

    Best regards.

    Norbert

    NB: How I can upload some pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobsch View Post
    NB: How I can upload some pictures?
    When you post a message, push Advanced mode button near the Post button (bottom right under message field) then you'll find Attachments section where you can upload pictures and attach them to messages



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobsch View Post
    Hello Nick,

    I told Mauro in Italy before that I have some ideas for "the perfect plate".

    The Plate I use for my Nikon D3 has a round edge at one side to fix the body in every position, that's a must! What I miss are some marks for the center of the body (Front/backside). It is really important for me to find an arcaswiss-compatible plate which never moves, nor in landscape neither in portrait format... AND...

    Very important also: Have a look at backrapid. This is a fantastic solution to use your camera on tripod and with a strap. It's really comfortable. Perhaps you can build an arcaswiss-compatible plate with such a connector? I would buy some!!!
    Hmm, Mauro forwarded your request to me and I listened. our plate with appropriate model will be the "perfect plate" for you based on your requirement.
    Not for D3 because I have yet to buy a D3 do a 3D scanning.

    Nick



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    any one with the large sensor compact cameras such as micro 4/3, Sigma DP1/ 2, Fijifilm X100 or the Leica?

    thx a lot

    Nick



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  10. #10

    Quote Originally Posted by nick fan View Post
    Not for D3 because I have yet to buy a D3 do a 3D scanning.
    I can sell you mine second hand good price



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  11. #11

    Quote Originally Posted by nick fan View Post
    Hmm, Mauro forwarded your request to me and I listened. our plate with appropriate model will be the "perfect plate" for you based on your requirement.
    Not for D3 because I have yet to buy a D3 do a 3D scanning.

    Nick
    Good to know! Mauros Service is really fantastic!!! Every time again!!!

    You can use the D3X instead

    If you had a look at the Blackrapid-Connector, unfortunately you can not see the screw. Since it's primary made for Manfrotto it has a special form. If you like I can post a picture of it (but before I need an instruction to upload pictures on this forum.)

    Cheers

    Norbert
    Last edited by Nobsch; 09-01-2011 at 02:13 PM.
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    Norbert,

    > Reply, >Go Advanced, go down to next Block Additional Options: Attachments, Click > Manage Attachments, new window pops up:"File upload Manager". In the top right corner Click >Add Files, Click >Select Files, choose your file in new pop up window, >open, now the new file should to be seen in the "upload files from your computer" window. Now click upload files from tab row below. May take some time but you can follow the upload. When this is done you see the file in the Attachments area. Sometimes it takes time....Now >Select all, or click the single pic.

    Now you have to decide to place the attachment: Insert Inline: places the attachment to the place of your cursor. May be it is placed on top, then "CUT And Plug" it to the right place.

    Insert Attachment places the pic to the end.

    Viel Spass,
    Heinz

    BTW: Norbert I have placed a video but changed to "everything else". We are in the wrong thread to discuss these questions.

    http://www.nodalninja.com/forum/show...5026#post35026
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    Hello Nick

    I have sent you a scan of my micro 4/3 Panasonic DMC-GF1.

    Regards
    Andrew
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