MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Suitable cams for use as nv, with specs here too. Wiring help for cam viewfinders.
azz
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MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by azz » 10 Jan 2012, 14:20

MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

there are a few different methods of making a DSA for your camcorder but this is how i made mine.

i use a piece of plastic pipe for the body some slices of pipe cut to use as shims and a macro filter set of four rings these come with lenses which i remove to leave just the rings which screw together to form a short tube (you may need a stepup ring also depending on the thread size in the camcorder's lens)
the short tube that is made is clamped into the plastic pipe using the shims where needed and electrical tape to pack out to get a good tight fit then do same to fit the other end to the scope.
the cam then screws onto the filter threads which are left sticking out of the pipe.

hope this helps and makes sense if you need any more info get in touch
atb mark

here's the pics of the DSA shown in steps from all the pieces to fitted to my gun

http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt11 ... C00614.jpg
http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt11 ... C00615.jpg
http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt11 ... C00616.jpg
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http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt11 ... C00613.jpg
http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt11 ... C00617.jpg
http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt11 ... C00620.jpg

rwatkins1968
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Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by rwatkins1968 » 11 Jan 2012, 13:45

hi mark can you please tell me what camera it is in your photo's. looking at the photo the camera has a view finder, as i am a lefty i would rather use a view finder and not turn the camera upside down. have you any suggestions as to the best compact camera with nv and view finder

atb
richard

PESCA

Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by PESCA » 11 Jan 2012, 15:24

I also need a cam with a viewfinder, Richard, though mine is because I dislike having to put my specs on to look at an lcd screen.

The cam I use for this is a Sony HDR-SR11e. Specs are in the list within this section.

George

azz
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Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by azz » 11 Jan 2012, 16:56

rwatkins1968 wrote:hi mark can you please tell me what camera it is in your photo's. looking at the photo the camera has a view finder, as i am a lefty i would rather use a view finder and not turn the camera upside down. have you any suggestions as to the best compact camera with nv and view finder

atb
richard
hi richard
there are a few cams with both screen and rear view finder that have a very good spec for n/v
here's a couple to look out for
hdr-sr7e
hdr-sr8e
and the one george mentioned
atb mark

edit- sorry forgot :oops: the cam in the pics is a dcr-dvd908e which was also a very good cam and does have a rear view finder ;)
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verminfilmer

Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by verminfilmer » 11 Jan 2012, 22:38

hi mark, cracking DSA mate and good advice, il go through one of my cams in the morning the pc9e and see what the setting are ive got it set at and will post it on your bit of this form as i know people have asked about it. ATB john

azz
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Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by azz » 11 Jan 2012, 22:57

verminfilmer wrote:hi mark, cracking DSA mate and good advice, il go through one of my cams in the morning the pc9e and see what the setting are ive got it set at and will post it on your bit of this form as i know people have asked about it. ATB john
yeah nice one john there's one of the lads having a bit of trouble with the picture on his pc9e.
cheers for that
atb mark

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Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by Craggrat » 15 Jan 2012, 19:09

Hi azz
Really helpful this help room, I've tried making a DSA, the pipe I used was the grey waste pipe like you see hanging out of the kitchen wall down pipe.
Mistake, the wall thickness is too thick and you've got to file forever. I think the best piping is White piping that takes glued fittings not push on. John brought me a piece it seems to be a harder plastic and easier to work with, but I suppose it's down too the diameter off your scope your attaching it to.
Just glued my step up ring on with epoxy resin. Waiting for that to set, then I'll try it.
Where do you get you pipe clips from, I'm using jubilee clips yours look better.
Cheers Kevin

davyt63
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Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by davyt63 » 15 Jan 2012, 23:04

hi AZZ's
her is how i have attached my Sony handy cam

http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/to ... msearch__1

regards

Davy

azz
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Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by azz » 16 Jan 2012, 07:49

Craggrat wrote:Hi azz
Really helpful this help room, I've tried making a DSA, the pipe I used was the grey waste pipe like you see hanging out of the kitchen wall down pipe.
Mistake, the wall thickness is too thick and you've got to file forever. I think the best piping is White piping that takes glued fittings not push on. John brought me a piece it seems to be a harder plastic and easier to work with, but I suppose it's down too the diameter off your scope your attaching it to.
Just glued my step up ring on with epoxy resin. Waiting for that to set, then I'll try it.
Where do you get you pipe clips from, I'm using jubilee clips yours look better.
Cheers Kevin
hi kevin
i got the off e bay if you just search for mikalor W2
they come in different size so just buy to suit the pipe your using.
cheers mark

azz
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Re: MAKING A CAMCORDER DSA

Post by azz » 16 Jan 2012, 07:57

davyt63 wrote:hi AZZ's
her is how i have attached my Sony handy cam

http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/to ... msearch__1

regards

Davy
hi davy
thats another great way of fixing the cam i was out with a lad the other day who had done it the same way on his mamba he had probably seen your thread.
it's especially good for the MTC range that have the threads in the scope and also have the reticule illuminator switch at the rear of the scope that would foul a normal DSA.
it makes a very neat job to.
thanks for posting this up and a great link showing step by step instructions.
cheers mark

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