Transforming Your Camera Tripod for Binocular Use

If you have an extra tripod at home, and you want to convert it into a binocular tripod, then you should be able to do this without too much trouble. Binocular tripod accessories can be quite expensive, and they are not always as good and secure as the tripods which are used on cameras, so it makes sense to try and adapt one before you take off the other. Another way to change this is to convert it, which can be done easily if you have some fairly basic home improvement or DIY skills. Changing the camera tripod to a binocular tripod should not take you more than a few hours.

Materials Needed

  • Saw
  • Solder
  • Soldering Iron
  • Metal
  • Binoculars
  • Tripod
  • Wood
  • File
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

Step 1: Create a Quick Release Plate

You should begin by removing the camera plate from your tripod. This is usually used so that you can get the camera out of the tripod easily, and you can use this to make a similar device for your binoculars. Take a piece of your wood, and saw it into an appropriate shape, so that it matches your camera plate. The wood has to be the same thickness as the camera place, although it can be slightly larger if you like. Once you have the size and thickness correct, you will need to angle the sides until they look like the sides of the camera plate. You can test this by fitting the new plate against the tripod, and locking it in place. Once you can do this, it is correctly shaped.

Step 2: Add the Binocular Support

You will now need to fit the binocular support. This is a wide piece of wood which should be deep enough to hold the binoculars, but not so deep that you cannot fit your nose into the space. The wood should also be wide enough that you don't have to spend half an hour carefully balancing the binoculars when you come to fit them. Take this wood, and attach the new plate that you just made to the wooden support. Put the wood plate right in the center of the support.

Step 3: Screw the Pieces Together

Drill or screw holes for your attachments before you screw the wood together, as this will prevent wood splitting. The holes should be diagonally opposite each other, so as to distribute the pressure equally. It will also prevent slipping. File the screws down so that they don't penetrate through the other side of the support.

Step 4: Finishing

You may want to consider varnishing or painting the support before you put it onto the tripod. You can also make the support and plate out of metal, rather than wood, in which case you will need to solder the edges together, rather than screw themselves into place. Once you have a fully prepared wooden support, you can fit it onto your camera tripod (and try if out).

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