Ever want to mount your mCAMLITE to a bike or moving vehicle? Here are some great tips how to do so from our good friend and professional iPhone filmmaker, Dan Czerwonka:
1. If using a Gorilla Pod, I would recommend ONLY the GorillaPod Focus (the full-sized one for DSLR’s)—anything smaller will not be sturdy enough.
2. You should also have a ballhead (like the GorillaPod Ballhead X) on it for adjusting the camera, and the adjusters need to be tightened down pretty well.
3. You MUST safety-tie your rig so that you don’t destroy your gear or impair your ability to operate the vehicle if the rig falls off or gets dislocated because of vibration or bumps. For example, I had a different camera setup come unhooked and get stuck between the tank and a handlebar on a motorcycle before and it prevents you from being able to turn or avoid obstacles. Very scary. If it were safety-tied with a piece of cord, it would have just dangled harmlessly. I’ve also used a GorillaPod with mCAMLITE, external battery, shotgun mic etc. and because it wasn’t secured properly for bumpy gravel/dirt road, it fell off while in motion.
Luckily the mCAMLITE is rock solid and with the silicone bumper it will protect your iPhone amazingly well, but the rest of the stuff took a beating.
4. If you don’t have access to other sturdier camera rigging (such as bar clamps, etc.), duct tape is your friend. Apply liberally. The GorillaPod is an outstanding tool, but you need to work within its limits and don’t ask it to do stuff it can’t handle. You really can’t hurt the mCAMLITE, so the other thing you can do is test your proposed setup beforehand—assemble your camera rig (whatever you’ll be putting on the GorillaPod) and weigh it. Then take it apart, remove the lenses from the mCAMLITE housing and then duct tape or gaff tape an identical amount of weight to the mCAMLITE body and screw it onto the GorillaPod and go for a test ride (again, safety-tie it). Make adjustments as needed, and of course, if you have something else with tripod threading, don’t use the mCAMLITE body for the test either, but if it’s all you have…
5. For car use, I would suggest the Fat Gecko Dual Suction Cup Car Mount. It’s $69 but it is super-solid and will let you mount outside of a car with piece of mind that it will stay there and stay solid at speed. STILL though, always SAFETY-TIE it to be safe. They have a cheaper $30 single-suction cup mount that I use occasionally in a pinch and it works just fine, but it is more susceptible to vibration.
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