Cannot change battery with camera mounted on tripod - any solutions ?

Discussion in 'Canon EOS M Forum' started by Judderman62, May 7, 2015.

  1. Judderman62

    Judderman62 SC Regular

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    Mar 24, 2013
    Greater Manchester, UK
    Mike
    Hi all

    As the title says. When my Eos-m is mounted on my tripod I cannot access the battery / card door - it opens a little but not enough.

    Does anyone know if there are any (cheap non DIY) solutions out there ? Some sort off tripod socket offset plate or similar ?

    I know there are hand grips but they're £ 30 or more I think. Any cheap solutions anyone is aware of ?

    thanks

    Mike
     
  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I'm genuinely not trying to be funny, but...

    Surely the cheapest solution is investing in the second or three it takes to remove the camera from the tripod...?
     
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  3. Judderman62

    Judderman62 SC Regular

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    Mar 24, 2013
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    Mike
    it's pretty darned fiddly to remove the qr plate off the bottom of the camera so no I'm looking for a solution that allows me to swap batteries with the camera on the qr plate, on the camera.
     
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    There are aftermarket grips/QR plates that allow battery access for some brands - I have one on my RX10 and also when I had Fuji X's. They are sometimes called an L-bracket.

    Google turned up these although they are not cheap.
     
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Does the camera still function with the camera door open? You could just tear the door off.
     
  6. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Try rotating the mounting plate 90 degrees?
     
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  7. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Is it possible in some way to modify the mounting plate? These two images show how I've done that for a Leica D-Lux Type 109, not the first time I've done such a thing to accommodate a particular camera.

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    141201-1110198
    by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr

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    141201-1110197
    by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr

    These modifications were achieved with the use of everyday hand tools.

    Barrie
     
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  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Well ... exactly
     
  9. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Something I've never had to do, ever. Is that good luck or planning ?
     
  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2015
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    Andrew
    'Chance favors the prepared mind.'
    --Louis Pasteur
     
  11. Judderman62

    Judderman62 SC Regular

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    Mike
    thanks for the helpful / sensible responses :thumbup:

    Surprised there aren't cheapish adapter type plates without having to go the whole hog of getting a full grip.
     
  12. Judderman62

    Judderman62 SC Regular

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    Mar 24, 2013
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    Mike
  13. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Just be careful with Pana-Leicas not to exceed the thread length of 5.5 mm (I think that's the limit).