A few years back I came up with some DIY rig I designed and built with things that I bought at The Home Depot. However at that time it was not as neatly put together as it is today. The only original pieces I keep are the Sony Alpha A6000 and the suction cup.
For this new rig I am using the following gear:
- SmallRig 1661 (155 g)
- Sony Alpha A6000 (ILCE-A6000) (343.89 g)
- Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens (SEL1670Z) (308 g)
- MeFOTO Q00 ball head (taken from a MeFOTO DayTrip Tripod Kit)
- MHD 2.0 Action Camera Suction Cup Mount
- Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter
I chose to use a tripod ball head for 2 main reasons:
- Easy to frame the shot
- Quick release
Why is this important you ask? Well, I travel a lot with my car, and I like photography, I also like to record my adventures when I travel, mainly from the inside of my car. I need a system that I can easily attach/detach from the mount so that I can take a photographs and record videos without loosing too much time setting things up. Also this comes in very handy when I just go somewhere and I need to quickly pack my camera and take it with me.
The ball head makes it very easy to level the camera in order to frame the shot, although this is not my favorite type of ball head. I much rather have the Manfrotto 496RC2 or Manfrotto 494RC2 because it is way easier to release, this is by far my favorite quick release system, but I guess it will have to wait.
The circular polarizing filter gets rid of the annoying reflection of the dashboard on sunny days, and also enhances colors. Definitely something to keep handy.
There is a few things that I need to address though. The screw that holds the ball head in place belongs to the same tripod. I should get a proper hexagonal screw to be able to tighten it down properly. For now it is secure but is not the way I would like it to be. Also I am considering getting another suction cup, maybe one that has more flexibility.
Anyway, here are some photographs of the rig setup in my car.
Here is a video I created using this setup. Please note that it combines footage recorded with both rigs, the old one and the new one. I am starting to setup this YouTube channel so expect more videos taken with this new gear. In any case, you can see how well this works and the results you can get out of it.