I took on the challenge of creating a tripod that would work with my new PixProAZ525 because I could not find where to buy one anywhere. What good is a 52+ zoom lens if you can’t hold the camera still and have no tripod? I spent the afternoon trying to rig one of my current tripods to hold my camera. This one is called a “Max 2000.” It has a snap in platform for some other camera and no place to screw my camera onto the tripod.
It was really tricky and it was a trial and error project. The threads to screw into the camera will only go so far in and the “bolt” I was using had a round top and I needed it to be flat or recessed into the wood on the other side so it could sit in the tripod slot which was designed for a clip on camera of some kind. Not being a carpenter, and not having all the fancy tools, this was not an easy problem to solve.
I sliced of the end of a 1×1 and drilled a quarter inch hole into it, then put the bolt into the hole. I hammered the round end of the bold down into the piece of wood as far as it would go, but it still was not flat or flush with the wood.
There were not enough threads coming out the other side to attach to the camera at that point. I removed the bolt, and using a nail sinker, I pounded out a recess into the wood and got the head of the bolt down further into the wood until it enough threads were protruding out on the other side to attach to the camera. The bottom of the piece was still not flat enough to sit squarely in the tripod slot.
I cut another piece of wood that fit better into the base of the tripod and recessed a spot into it that the head of the screw could nest into it and then I glued them together and added a few tiny nails. It was not exactly what I had planned, but it worked and I did not have to use a hacksaw on a longer bolt. Here is the picture. The cool thing about it is, you just screw the block onto the camera … real tight, and then it snaps in and out of the tripod very nicely when you want to remove the camera. The X marks the direction for putting it in, because it does not fit the other way.