Shoot on a beefy DSLR? You might want to check out this DIY GorillaPod 3K tutorial.
If you haven't seen the awesome things DIYCameraGuy can do with Nite Ize Gear Ties, you should really get up to speed on his DIY tutorials. He has not only utilized these durable wire ties to make a DIY microphone shot mount but also a DIY GorillaPod, and neither one requires any hardware to put together. This time around, though, his latest tutorial aims to replicate a GorillaPod 3K, a flexible tripod just like the original but with added support for bigger, heavier DSLRs, and all you'll need is two Gear Ties. Find out how to put it together in the video below:
Okay, here are the supplies you'll need:
- (x1) 64" Nite Ize Gear Tie: $6
- (x1) 64" Nite Ize Mega Twist Gear Tie: $12
- (x1) 3/8" -16 carriage bolt
- (x1) washer (optional)
- Ball head ($20-$60)
If you already have a ball head that you use with your camera, then those Gear Ties are really the only supplies you'll need. If you don't have one, they range in price depending on the build quality, but you can usually find a good one for around $30 to $40.
Now, the GorillaPod 3K is so named because it has a 3kg carrying capacity (6.6lbs), meaning that it can handle larger full-frame DSLRs along with a lens and other accessories. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that this DIY alternative can do the same. The DIYCameraGuy says that it can "hold up a massive camera" like the Canon 1D C, but before you take this thing out for a spin with your big and beautiful shooter, you might want to do a little testing to make sure it won't bend or fold up on you.