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Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build by Dan Selakovich

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The Third Man Tripod

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Oh, sure, it looks like a lightweight surveyor’s tripod, but it is so much more. In this section, I’m going to show you how to butch this baby up so you can throw a crane on it. (And if you’re never going to use a crane, this tripod is plenty heavy duty for DV camera work.)

I found this tripod at a big home center for about $80. It sure beats $500 for a “cinema” tripod, doesn’t it? In the next section we’ll be building a tripod spreader for this and any other cinema-style tripod.

By the way, when I say “cinema-style” tripod, I’m talking about double legs that have the ability to fold all the way out to get the camera as low ...

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