CAMTREE G-51 Gripper Car Suction Mount for Photography/Videography
|Price:||$202.71 & FREE Shipping|
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- Professional grade Car Cam Mount - Supports cameras upto 9lbs in weight
- Shock-absorbing properties allow vibrations to be absorbed throughout the mount while driving
- Ball Tilt joint Camera attachment allows for wide spatial adjustment
- Made of industrial grade impact resistant, weather-proof materials - great for outdoor use
- CAMTREE GRIPPER G-51 can be set on any glass or smooth surface on interior or exterior of any vehicle
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|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 15.5 x 15.75 inches|
|Shipping Weight||9.95 pounds|
CAMTREE GRIPPER G-51 camera-mounting system grips solidly on any automobile, boat or other vehicle to smooth surfaces on the exterior or interior. The system is adjustable to any height and position & allows you to fix a camera/camcorder (suitable for HDV/HD-size cameras, max camera weight 9 lbs) on a moving vehicle in a variety of configurations by means of different size rods and ball tilt heads.
Weight Bearing Capacity : 3.5 kg
Release Lever : Just pull out the lever of the Suction Cup to release it.
* Extension Rods : Solid AMS Pastic Black in Color with 1/4 Screw
* Camera Hub is Aluminum Black Anodized.
* Ball Tilt Head : Ball head is made of Aluminium powder coating.
* Screw Size : 1/4 inch
* Rods Length : 3, & 6 Inch
* Ball Tilt Head length : 70mm, Width : 60mm
*6" Rods : 6PC
*3" Rods : 3pc
*Gripper cups : 3pc
*Ball Tilt Head : 6pc
*Hub : 1pc
Top Customer Reviews
The materials and construction are sturdy in a "Bogen" sort of way -- a little on the heavy side, a little coarse, a little loose here and there, but strong and functional. But typical of a lot of photo products made in China, there are things that have been left out or that will need to have you make modifications.
One example here is that the 1/4X20 cap screw supplied to attach a camera is too short -- only about 1/8in projects over the plate, not enough to secure a camera. This same screw has no retainer so you have to be sure to carefully stow it and its hex key when disassembling. A real professional grip product would have a knob on one end of this screw and a retainer to keep it where it belongs.
The camera is intended to mount on a large aluminum forged hub for the arms. The surface where the camera is mounted is smooth, flat, metal and unless you add some sort of material to this surface, the camera is at risk of slipping out of alignment. A professional grip product would have added a little non-skid material here but you'll need to do it yourself with this product.
As mentioned by another reviewer, the manual supplied with the system is very sketchy and only begins to explain the most obvious combinations and setups. But the amusing part of the manual is that about a quarter of the document is a long discourse on what a wonderful product it is and that purchasers are encouraged to contact the manufacturer with any problems...but there is absolutely no contact information for the vendor or manufacturer anywhere in the manual or in the packaging. A Google search for Camtree produces no company website or other vendor information.
Overall this is a sturdy rig and about as good as a car mount as you are likely to find on Amazon, but expect to spend a lot of time figuring it all out. The suction cups seem strong enough...and if they aren't and my 5DMkII falls off at speed, I will update this review.
- Cheap for what it is
- Holds my Sony FDR-AX33 and FDR-AX53 pretty stable at high speeds (over 100mph tested)
- Comes with carrying case, however it's a VERY cheap carrying case
- Difficult to assemble and tear down, easy to make mistakes
- Requires a tool to tighten the camera down to the platform
- Suction cups are not very high quality, double and triple check them every few minutes during your shoot
- Insanely heavy, be careful not to attach this to panels that are thin
- Sometimes the parts tighten themselves under use and make disassembly a nightmare
- Seems like the kit is thrown together from a bunch of random inexpensive parts, you could easily build this kit yourself from loose parts.
I've came to my decision to buy the CAMTREE G-51 Gripper Car Suction Mount. When I bought it, I tested it out when shooting a friend's film. We've placed the mount on a side of a truck (shoot with T2i). The suction mount lasted for about 5 hours. It did not fall, (we took it off). The video was wasn't shaky AT ALL. It would also depends on how you place it.
It would take you some times to set up the Suction Mount on the car (depend on where). And if you set it right, the CAMTREE G-51 Gripper Car Suction Mount for Photography/Videography is worth the Price.
I've also used the same suction mount to test out the Opening (title) sequence for my upcoming short film.
Here is the link to the video, shot on T2i. vimeo.com/54955675
I tried this out on the hood of my car going up a canyon. Three suction cups were put in place. Winds were howling down at 40 mph while I sped through going 45 mph. It... survived! I was reluctant at first, but with the rig in place I couldn't rip it off of my car for the life of me. Holds really really well. Going up the canyon was the real test, at least for me. This rig took it like a champ!
-Wipe off the spots of your car in which you're mounting the cups. I used Windex and a soft cloth on the hood of my car, in three spots.
-Make sure each screw, knob, and cup are securely fastened before driving. I used my arm strength to verify the rig had a solid hold.
-Try to use a lens or camera with some sort of stabilization. Roads aren't always smooth, and neither is the rumbling of your engine.
-Leave the camera microphone turned on while using this rig outside of the car. You'll get a nice video with audio that sounds like horrifyingly loud rushing wind. That isn't good for your mic, so turn it off if you can.
-Trust that your car or cups won't get dirty. They will, and that negatively impacts their suctioning, so wipe and dry them with a damp cloth.
-Lose your parts!
Notes for the product itself:
It would be nice if there were more stabilization. It's hard to be helped, especially at this price and product design, but even with my best stabilization lenses I could still notice every little bump. The second thing is that it's hard to tilt the camera up and down, but that could probably be solved with a tripod head screwed to the top. These are more minor points. They'd certainly be nice additions, though!
Pros: can handle a lot of different size cameras, suction cups stick on great as long as the surface is clean, can customize setup for a lot of angels, and cheap compared to professional models.
Con's: like a lot of mounts, you have to place it in certain areas for smooth shots like the corner of hood, can not drive over 5mph according to manual, the manual is poorly written, and there are not a lot of training videos for this mount. You can watch others to get a feel of what to do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
if car has normal stabilization it works fine.
good price also.
I did have a slight issue with one of the cups not staying suctioned down all the way (might be defective) but thankfully the 2...Read more