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Tripod Acessories

Posted by Jonathan on August 4, 2009 in Projects, Tripod Mount |

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This will be a short post about what accessories I’ve modified or made to use with the new iPhone tripod capable cases I have.

Since most tripods are made with the thought that the tripod adapter will be on the bottom of the camera we need a way to make this happen on the iPhone. On all my mods the iPhone Tripod adapter is located on the back of the iPhone as it just makes the most sense and has the lowest profile impact. That’s why I made some L Brackets.

My Low profile L Bracket is made up of:

NOTE: A lot of the parts at McMaster-Carr are sold in Quantities. You usually can not just buy one or two of a item from them.


(1) 1″x1″ L Bracket I got at Wal-Mart and I rounded the Corners with a belt sander. I then drilled out the holes to .260 inches ( Using a 17/64″ drill bit)

You can get this part at McMaster-Carr with pre-rounded corners , Part Number “1556A11”

(1) Low Profile 1/4″-20 Nut. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “90494A029”

(1) 1/4″-20 Coupling Nut. I got mine at Lowes. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “90268A029”

(1) 1/4″-20 All thread rod, 1/2″ long. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “91565A541”

(1) 1/4″-20 Thumb screw with shoulder. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “99607A184”

(1) 1/4″-20 Neoprene Rubber Washer. I got mine at Lowes. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “94733A715″

I then used red loctite to attach the coupling nut and the low profile nut onto the 1/2″ long all thread rod with the L bracket in between them. I also ground down the threads on the thumb screw by about .120” to make it shorter. I use the rubber washer to help keep the thumb screw in place and give some grip for when you screw it against your iPhone’s tripod mount adapter.

I also made a Longer Version using:

(1) 1″x1″ L Bracket I got at Wal-Mart and I rounded the Corners with a belt sander. I then drilled out the holes to  .260 inches (Using a 17/64″ drill bit)

You can get this part at McMaster-Carr with pre-rounded corners , Part Number “1556A11”

(1) Low Profile 1/4″-20 Nut. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “90494A029”

(1) 1/4″20 Coupling Nut. I got mine at Lowes. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “90268A029”

(1) 1/4″-20 All thread rod, 3″ long. I got mine at Lowes. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “95412A554”

(2) 1/4″-20 Lock Nuts. You can get them at Lowes, I had tons of them. McMaster-Carr, Part Number “91831A029”

I then attached the all thread rod to the L Bracket with a lock nut in-between. I did the same on the other side of the all thread with the nut coupler.

What I like using:

I like using the short L Bracket with the 4″ tripod extension I got at Thought Out. This is what you see in ALL my pictures. I just think it looks better.

I Also:

I also added a 1/4″-20 tripod mount to the bottom of a X-Shot that allows you to do extended self shots: See Video Below

You can also watch a video I did using the iPhone & XSHOT with no wireless microphone here: Youtube XSHOT Video Take 1

I used a 1/4″-20 weld nut (same one I use in the case mods) McMaster-Carr, Part Number “90611A350” and some Epoxy Putty that I got at Lowes, though I might try some Titanium Putty. I packed it in real tight and then after it was fully dried I screwed a 1/4″-20 bolt into the weld nut and put that in a drill. I then used the drill spinning as a Lathe and used a belt sander to sand the Epoxy putty smooth. Shaping it to the same diameter as the X-Shot to make the transition seamless.

I actually sanded off the hand Strap as I had left it attached, but I used my Dremel to drill a path through to the part it attached to and re-attached it.

I also took a metal fence stake (I got at my local Lowes) , some epoxy putty, a 3″ 1/4″-20 all-thread rod, and using some washers I had I made a stake that has a tripod mount on the top. This allows me to attach my XSHOT to it after I stick it in the ground and thus making a very sturdy outdoor iPhone stand.

I LOVE MY XSHOT NOW, it makes doing videos on the iPhone so cool, it looks like you have a cameraman and you get a further out reach than if you held it out with your arm. Plus using a cheap mini tripod I got with a camcorder kit I am able to make a three foot tripod that it about eye level when I’m sitting down. It’s very portable and a MUST-HAVE for any person that shoots iPhone movies on the go.

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