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cheap, diy video stabilizer made from PPR tubes...

Inspired by a design online (PVC Fig Rig) I decided to build one myself. A couple pipes, connectors, some black paint and it was done about 3h later.

The main problem I had was using 25mm PPR pipes. I found the needed connectors, and whatnot, all in 25mm size, but when I got home I noticed they are actually 24mm inside diam. The pipes are 25mm so they don't fit as such. The PPR pipes are meant to be assembled with heating/melting/welding. Since I didn't have a welding machine for PPR pipes at home, I used the gas stove (with some minor protests from my wife). The joints are not very sturdy, but enough to keep the weight from the camera + grip (see weight info).

For the handles I used insulation foam for the same pipes, and I covered it with black insulation tape. The same tape I used over some of the joints which are in contact with the ground or are easier to scratch. The spray on paint didn't adhere very well to the PPR fittings, maybe I should have done some sanding for a rougher surface first. Maybe next time, for now it'll do just fine.


Update: added a Giottos MH 652C quick-release plate






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