Thread: DIY Camera Protection
03-14-2012, 02:23 PM #1
DIY Camera Protection
made of foam to protect my camera in a bike basket?
I was wanting to buy a basket for my bike, which is gonna look really stupid on my road bike, but whatever, solely for the purpose of putting my camera in there. Problem is, I don't want my camera flying and bouncing around in the basket, which I know it will do at the speeds I ride. I have a camera bag that is a backpack, but it's kind of a PITA to stop, get the backpack off, unzip, etc. it's fine when walking, not so much when riding.
So, I was thinking about lining the basket with a garbage bag, wrapping my camera in a zip-loc bag, and then using that spray foam stuff to create a custom padded bike basket. I figure maybe I would mount my 85mm prime and just be resigned to that lens only for the basket.
Is this a hugely bad idea!! It would really suck to be me if I got that crap all over my camera. anyone have a better idea?
03-14-2012, 03:02 PM #2
03-14-2012, 03:06 PM #3
Spray foam is very stiff once it has set and although the form fitting basket liner would stop the camera from actually bouncing around it would not minimize the shocks the camera would receive. I would be more inclined to try a dense soft foam (like memory foam) with a cutout to fit the camera (sorta like what you would find in a custom hard shell camera case). You could also incorporate a top to protect the camera in case of the bike going down.Clare K.
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03-14-2012, 03:19 PM #4
Might sound weird but, if you know the classic 'egg-drop' for kid's physics classes, those might have some neat DIY designs that could work.
03-14-2012, 03:36 PM #5
I'd probably make the cradle with pluck foam. Make the opening in the foam a bit smaller than the camera, so the camera doesn't bounce out when you hit a bumpy spot, and similarly make the insert a bit larger than the basket for the same reason.
I'd recommend pulling over rather than shooting as you ride—unless you have someone running video of the ride, in which case make sure they post the wreck footage.
03-14-2012, 03:59 PM #6
I would buy a cheap holster style camera case, hold it in the center of your basket and fill around it with spray foam, making a sort of case around a case. That way you don't risk the camera itself and are making a soft lining for your DIY basket.
03-14-2012, 04:06 PM #7
Not DIY, but here is one fairly cheap.
Rhode Gear used to make one back in the day when I worked in the bike shop, but I can't find it now.
03-14-2012, 04:34 PM #8
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