So, I never leave my cameras at home. My backpack with various lenses and a D7000 body is on the front seat of my 1 Ton pickup and my D800 with a Nikkor 70-200 f4, mounted used to be packed nearby within easy reach, but protected by a jacket or blanket. Like anyone who does this I have experienced my camera and lens rolling onto the floor. So I needed a solution offering quick access and protection.
By chance I ended up with an extra base 357 Manfrotto Universal Sliding Plate base. This is used for the 393 Manfrotto Gimbal and for some video camera mounts. One day I noticed that the depression in my between-seat console was about the size and shape of the plate base. An idea came to mind. Mount the base receiver to the console and the plate to the camera, which it normally was, and presto I should have a mount.
After about an hour of playing around finding the right bolts (remember town is an hour away), some rigid foam for a filler and drilling some test holes I came up with this system.
|Console of a Dodge Ram 1 Ton. Driver's seat is at top so the mount is at my right side, |
with the mount facing forward. The knob on the far side is a lock-down and
the brass button on the near side is a safety which must be pushed for plate release.
|Lens and camera mounted on the Manfrotto plate.|
|Moose in a roadside swamp. Richard Wright photo.|
|Black bear feeding on spring plants at roadside. Richard Wright photo.|