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Quick release for H3-3D and GoPro?

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by MookieNYC, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. MookieNYC

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    Sometimes I want to fly my Phantom 2 without the camera and gimbal but it's a pain to take the cam off, then unscrew the gimbal in the field. is there a quick way to get the rig on/off so I can fly with/without camera?
     
  2. tbwester

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    I agree. Such a main to remove the gopro. Not to mention the gimble!

    I don't know an easy way.
     
  3. OI Photography

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    I pop the gimbal on/off my Phantom constantly, just removing the dampening balls and everything below them and leaving the mounting bracket screwed in to the body of the Phantom. In fact I have one mounting bracket on my Phantom and one on my 550 and I use this method to swap the gimbal between them easily.
     
  4. MookieNYC

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    I'll give it a try, thanks. BTW the instructions say the gimbal mounts with only two of those plastic clips holding the damping balls, does that mean the other two aren't firmly secured to the plate? They give you four with the H3-3D, are those spares? And how do you unclip the plastic clips without breaking them?
     
  5. OI Photography

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    They're one-use only, and the extras are spares. However many of us have abandoned those and use cheap zip-ties in their place.
     
  6. ddublu

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    I use this - http://www.shapeways.com/model/1644897/ ... d=17226227 but have also used a wide rubber band with great success.
     
  7. MookieNYC

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    That's cool but I was told if you power the gimbal without gopro attached you might burn out gimball motors. I'm reluctant to leave gimball and take off cam for non-filming flying. I guess I could just detach cable from gimbal but then gimball will flop around in-flight, no? Stupid that those plastic clips are one use!
     
  8. Original poster

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    I also use cable ties as opposed to those awful clips that come with the gimbal.
     
  9. britchris1

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    I second this - been using it for a while now, I couldn't imagine going back to the stock bracket with the screws!
     
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    I use two small flat rubber bands for the GoPro but have stuck to using the clips as I don't ever fly without a camera. Having said that, I believe the use of the plastic screws serves the purpose of being able to "break away". Zip ties may hold the Zenmuse securely during flight... but in the event of a crash, the inability to break away may make the difference in a destroyed gimbal or one that can be salvaged... IMHO of course...
     
  11. Original poster

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    That looks great!

    Will get one ordered now.
     
  12. xtonex

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    keep in mind that snap on gopro holder is for the h3-2d and when using it on the h3-3d it will hamper the gimbals ability to point straight down. they are supposedly releasing a h3-3d version soon
     
  13. tom3holer

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    An elastic band works very well.


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  14. kupua

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    Has anyone tried to use small swatch of velcro on the back of the Gopro? I'm thinking 2 round or square dots on the back of the gopro and zenmuse. 99 cents stores have a package and can be affixed by the peeling off the sticky backing??? I am thinking of going this route if no one post any negatives on this approach.

    I've tried to do a search of but didn't find anything posted in 10+ pages of searching of key words gopro quick release.
     
  15. Buckaye

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    THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT. Caps lock on purpose because that is how stupid I feel :oops: ... what a great idea! :D Thanks!
     
  16. Buckaye

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    Man... that's a lot of $$ to have held on by velcro. That said - I would also point out that the self adhesive on velcro can often be affected by heat (meaning the adhesive loses it's grip in high temperatures) - so I would definitely stay away from dollar store stuff.

    Maybe look into those velcro straps that are used to keep Lipo's fastened to Heli's in conjunction with velcro on the back?
     
  17. kupua

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    Ok point taken. but there is also industrial velcro that I have access to that is super strong... dunno about the heat comment as you'll be flying and roughly speaking, always have air flow to cool off any heat concern. Though I've never noticed that GoPro getting hot on the back side and never measured temps on that nor the gimbal/gopro location. Add to that if rubber band from that other post???
     
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    Won't velcro allow a bit of vibration and the dreaded jello effect ??
     
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    Been thinking of instead of the bracket that holds the gopro in place on the gimbal, to use a few rubber bands instead for quick and easy gopro removal. And on the rubber balls I use the cable ties instead of the plastick clips.