I designed this collapsible tripod at 2 AM one morning when I couldn't sleep. Everything else in the photography world is expensive - a simple tripod doesn't need to be.
Existing designs were short and not sturdy enough to hold my heavy zoom lens. I use this as a compact alternative to a full pod when I hike.
It's holds the camera 12" high when fully expanded, and is 9" long when folded.
What you need to print:
3x large legs
3x small legs
Optional - 1x whatever swivel mount you choose (see below)
4x - 1/4"-20 x 5/8" length HEX bolts and nuts are needed to attach the leg extensions, and to attach a camera or swivel mount to the top. This is a common size in the US - check your local hardware store.
Steps to assemble:
- Snap the 3 brackets to the carrier with the corner chamfers all facing the same direction.
- Slide the shaft through the carrier, starting from the non-chamfered side of brackets.
- Set the shaft into the indention on the head and bolt together (use a nut to hold it place for now).
- Snap the legs to the head, then to the brackets.
- Press metal bolts through the printed 'nuts,' and press metal nuts into the small legs.
- Screw the small legs to the assembly - viola!
I paired this with walter's Mini Tripod ball head, found here:
Print the ball and whatever mount you plan to use with it, then screw it to the top. He's got mounts for a standard camera or cell phone.
This additionally requires:
M4 x 50mm length hex bolt
1/4"-20 x 3/8" length hex bolt (for standard cameras)
3D Solutech PLA
Black, Yellow, and Teal