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Camera Support

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DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY---- Using PVC to stabilize a DSLR camera is designed for use by individuals with limited strength in their upper extremities as a result of fractures or neurological events such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Step 1: Gather Materials.
Two PVC pipes (length 70 millimeters, diameter 32 millimeters).
One PVC pipe (length 170 millimeters, diameter 32 millimeters).
A PVC T-piece that can accommodate the PVC pipes.
A hinge. In the picture it's the rectangular aluminum beam that will be cut to shape a hinge.
A bolt and a nut (50 millimeters long, 5 millimeters thread).
Step 2: How’s Its Made.
Cut slots at the end of both pipes. The width of the slot should correspond with the dimensions of your neck strap. Cut one end of the longer PVC pipe at 30 degrees.
Make matching slotted end caps.
The hinge has to operate at a 30 degree angle as well. Cut the hinge at this angle. This step can be shortened if one would start with a U-shaped beam (instead of a rectangular beam, but I did not have a U-shaped beam available that fitted nicely over the PVC pipe).
Drill holes on both sides and drill a hole on top for connecting the camera.
Place the hinge on top of the PVC pipe and drill through the hole. The hinge has to rest flat on top of the pipe.
Step 3 Assembling.
Assemble the T-piece. This picture shows the hinge in one position. From this position it can only rotate clockwise (the other direction is locked). The width of the base of the T-piece (the part that rests on your chest) should be slightly larger than the width of your camera. In my case: 180 millimeters.
T-piece with the hinge in both positions.
Glue the vertical pipe. The other pipes don't have to be glued or at least glue them once you're confident about the set-up. Be aware of the orientation of the slots with respect to the T-piece!
Step 4: How it works.
Hang the camera around your neck. Bolt the hinge to the camera and place the T-piece between both sides of your neck strap.
In normal operation, the camera hangs around your neck as it normally would and the hinge is "open".

If you want to take a picture, lift the camera until the weight is supported by your chest. The hinge is now locked in place and your camera should be nicely horizontal. If the camera does not rotate neatly close to your face, adjust the length of your neck strap.


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Camera Support