Minolta S414 Tripod Mount Issue

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Dreamer, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Dreamer

    Dreamer Guest

    One of the big weaknesses in the Minolta S414, which most of the reviews
    mention, is the absurd placement of the tripod mount screw. I didn't like
    it, so I made a new mounting plate. I cut a piece of plastic the same shape
    as the camera's bottom (I scanned the camera sitting on a scannerglass, then
    traced it) only I enlarged it a bit. I used a laser cutter, so I had it cut
    the hole for the tripod screw at the same time, but if I'd cut it by hand I
    would have used a drill press to make it. I countersunk the hole so the
    screw I used wouldn't stick out the bottom. Then I drilled (can't laser cut
    a hole to be tapped - not precise enough in this thick a material) and
    tapped a hole in the dead center of the plate for a tripod screw. (Most
    tripod screws are the VERY common 1/4:20 thread size.) Finally, I attached
    some latex-impregnated cloth that's sold in drugstores for sports bandages
    to the top of the plate with some double-faced sticky material called
    twin-tack.

    Now I can fasten the camera to the plate and the plate to the tripod head,
    which means the camera's kiester isn't hanging out in the breeze because of
    the weird location of the tripod screw.

    Here's a picture:

    http://www.dreamstrike.com/images/tripodmt.jpg

    I did something similar with the flash bracket I had for my Kodak DC290 so I
    could mount it on a tripod without taking it out of the bracket. I'm not so
    much bragging - well maybe a little - as I am showing that it's not too hard
    to get around problems with the physical aspects of a camera with some
    imagination.

    D
     
    Dreamer, Jul 24, 2003
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  2. Dreamer

    Dreamer Guest

    "WebKatz" <> wrote in message
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    > "Dreamer" <> wrote in message
    > news:bfpkq8$64c$...
    > > One of the big weaknesses in the Minolta S414, which most of the reviews
    > > mention, is the absurd placement of the tripod mount screw. I didn't

    like
    > > it, so I made a new mounting plate. I cut a piece of plastic the same

    > shape
    > > as the camera's bottom (I scanned the camera sitting on a scannerglass,

    > then
    > > traced it) only I enlarged it a bit. I used a laser cutter, so I had it

    > cut
    > > the hole for the tripod screw at the same time, but if I'd cut it by

    hand
    > I
    > > would have used a drill press to make it...

    >
    > Very clever modification. I may have to do something similar. What is a
    > laser cutter?


    A laser cutter is a device which uses a laser beam to cut and shape
    materials. The one I used is essentially a computer printer - you send it
    print jobs from CorelDRAW, AutoCAD, or any other suitable program, and it
    cuts, traces or rasters (depending on colors and commands) the image with a
    CO2 laser into the material on the cutting bed. It's way cool. See more at:

    http://www.ulsinc.com

    D
     
    Dreamer, Jul 28, 2003
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