Filmaker Scott Eggleston has a love for low budget accessories. Eggleston is also an avid DIYer and he loves to come up with cool things you can do with low cost parts which can help your photography. This time around he takes a few PVC parts a cheap tripod, some wheels and in a very simple way create a simple – but useful – small dolly.
One thing to keep in mind – Eggleston mentions that the dolly is small and the tripod head will probably not hold a full DSLR camera – so don’t build this to put your 5D MKIII and 27-70mm lens. However if you have a small camera and a small lens (think NEX 5 and a light small lens – even a small DSLR with a small lens might work) this can really be a low cost option. Alternatively you can try and find a more robust head that fits – but it could be hard to find one and probably more expensive.
Here are the parts that you will need:
- A cheap tripod such as this one (which isn’t available, but you can find similar ones on ebay).
- 2x 3/4″ PVC pipes, 3″ long
- 7x 3/4″ PVC pipes, 1 1/2″ long
- 3x 3/4″ PVC T-joints
- 2x 3/4″ PVC elbow joints
- 5x 3/4″ PVC couplers
- 1x 1/2″ to 3/4″ PVC adapter
- 1x 1/2″ PVC pipe, 1 1/2″ long
- 4x 3/4″ PVC plugs
- 4x Rollerblade wheel
- 4x 1/4″ bolt, 2″ long
- 8x 1/4″ nuts