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DIY Mic stand camera mount

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Ever been in need of a photo tripod, but only had a mic stand? – yup, been there too. Consider this instructable for building your own simple adapter to secure the shot. Perhaps somewhere on Earth an obscure adapter exists for this express purpose, but just grab some PVC caps, hose and nut/bolts and you’re set – Mic Stand Camera Mount

12 thoughts on “DIY Mic stand camera mount

  1. Question…

    Does anyone know of an opposite to this? A mic stand mount adapter for a tripod?

    I have a little mini tripod and a mic clip that I want to attach to it for desk-top recording.

  2. hmmmmz … well you could probably create a functional hole/thread inside of the mic clip. I might try nearly filling it with grey epoxy putty – then (before the putty sets) create a thread for the tripod bolt by twisting it in a few times. Not sure as to epoxy putty’s expansion/contraction while hardening tho – def try a couple practice attempts.

  3. One should be aware that according to Wikipedia “The de facto standard threading for the screw that attaches the camera to the tripod is Whitworth 1/4″-20”, not Unified Thread Standard (UTS) 1/4-20.

    That said, if you are not a stickler for perfect fits and don’t mind slightly screwing up your tripod mount, you can get away with standard UTS 1/4-20, however it may influence the ability of you to mount it to “standard” tripods again solidly.

  4. I decided I wanted a monopod for my DSLR with telephoto lens 10 minutes before I had to leave for my daughter’s track meet last spring. I unscrewed an old Atlas stand from its cast iron base, wrapped duct tape around a 2″ long 1/4-20 stove bolt, jammed it into the top of the tube, stuck a 1″ “crutch tip” from Walmart that I had laying around on the bottom to protect the threads, and had 5 minutes to spare.

  5. I built something like this yesterday: I JB Welded a 1/4″ bolt to a 5/8″ nut. I’ll probably go with this other design now, because I haven’t used JB Weld much, so I’m not ready to trust my camera to it.

    1. I used my JB Weld adapter for a couple of weeks. It worked great, until I dropped it. The camera was not mounted at the time.

      I’m making an upgraded one, a little more like this. It seems my bolts fit snugly inside a PVC plug I have, which should eliminate the shear strength problem.

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