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    Side mount horizontal-only camera

    hi,

    here I have an old german plate camera that I modified to accept an 8x10 back.
    Because the new back is larger, it can only be used in horizontal orientation. To shoot vertical, I have to tilt the camera 90 degrees on the tripod head. But with all the weight (camera is about 10 pounds) pulling down asymmetrically, its not very stable.

    So I wanted to ask , if there's is some kind of bracket, like there is for dslrs, that allows vertical mounting of the camera. I'm thinking about building something from an angled piece of steel or so. But it has to be sturdy and not too heavy of course.

    Thanks for any suggestions, maybe there is a commercial product available.

    pjotr

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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    ok,

    to make it more clear. Here is an image of the camera.
    What would you do, to mount it sideways on the tripodhead,
    for vertical composition?

    thanks,
    pjotr



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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    I do remember seeing an image of a massive bracket for a 8x20 panoramic camera to mount it vertically.

    As you are no doubt now aware that the trick is to get the lateral centre of gravity over the centreline of the tripod.

    I remember it being a massive bracket with stiffeners to ensure it did not open up.

    I think the bracket was being offered for sale here or on APUG.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    Quote Originally Posted by pjotr View Post
    ...So I wanted to ask , if there's is some kind of bracket...that allows vertical mounting of the camera...
    See the Vertical mounting device at the center right of this page


    and its price of 250 Euro at the bottom right of page one here:


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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    Here ir is and very similar to the Lotus: http://www.largeformatphotography.in...rtical+bracket

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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    Thanks very much for your answers!

    that's about what I was searching for. Expensive. But rightnow I am thinking about using a stronger head, maybe the Gitzo PL.5 could handle it.

    regards,
    pjotr

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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Middleton View Post
    Here ir is and very similar to the Lotus: http://www.largeformatphotography.in...rtical+bracket
    That one is welded/brazed together, thereby occupying lots of space when being transported. The Lotus version folds up.

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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    I really don't recommend that you try this with an antique camera. You can easily find a modern bracket that is strong enough to hold it, that doesn't mean the camera itself can withstand the stress of being on it's side, held only by a tripod socket. They are simply not designed for that.

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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    Hi,

    thanks for your concerns. But I attached a strong base plate that covers the whole bottom part to the camera (you can't see it in my poor photograph). Inside this plate I put new tripod sockets, so I think it should work if I find an appropriate head or a bracket. the camera is quite stable.

    pjotr

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    Re: Side mount horizontal-only camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal Santamaura View Post
    That one is welded/brazed together, thereby occupying lots of space when being transported. The Lotus version folds up.
    Sal,

    Good point, as it was not obvious with the quick look I had at the Lotus site.

    For a big panoramic camera (8x20, 12x20, 7x17) one might be dragging out into the field, that would be a major bonus...

    So too might be the location of the supplier versus the location of the OP.

    Another alternate and another consideration,

    Len

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