Filmtools Ball-Leveling Head / Suction Cup Camera Mount Kit for Cars
- Professional automotive camera vacuum/ suction cup mount kit
- Available for anyone who needs to make Major Studio shots from car and boat exteriors.
- Six full sized Matthews grip heads
- Full sized 10" x 7.5" cheese plate that's 3/8" thick
- Comes with a foam padded Pelican Case
- Note: This photo shows the mount with optional 36" supports (not included)
Filmtools has packaged our own products, 5/8" standard grip hardware and 6" Vacuum Cups to create the first professional camera car mount kits of their kind.
The kit starts out with our ball-leveling head that comes with a 3/8" and 1/4" camera mounting plate, capable of supporting over 50 pounds.
With our mounting system, your custom camera mount installations are limited only by your imagination. Each 6" cup, when mounted on a horizontal surface, can hold seventy vertical pounds. When combining them in triangular arrangements, the load factor is staggering 210 pounds. For safety's sake when mounting the suction cups on a vertical surface we under rate a standard 3-cup mount load to 50 pounds total. The camera mount kit is designed for prosumer lightweight video cameras and camcorders and for professional videographers and 16mm cinematographers as well. Owners have found a new freedom since they don't have to hire grips and their heavy-duty equipment just to rig a camera on an automobile. An average mount takes less than ten minutes to set up, saving valuable production time.
The kit consists of:
- Three Filmtools 6" Cups w/ 5/8" Baby Spuds
- One 7.5" x 10" x 3/8" Cheese Plate
- Ball-leveler (Camera Platform) w/ three 5/8" diameter mounting spuds
- Three 5/8" Stainless Rods, 12"
- Three 5/8" Stainless Rods, 24"
- Six Matthews 2.5" Grip Heads
- One Safety Strap
NEW. Pelican Case included.
Remember: Always utilize a safety strap when using suction cups.
The mount weighs 31 lb: Shipping Weight, including the Pelican Case is 65 pounds total.
View all of our camera mounts here. PLEASE NOTE. This professional grade camera mount is intended for the serious user who plans on shooting cars during their career, and not for those who want to use it only once and return it. This item has a 30% restocking fee for all components returned in MINT condition and a 75% restocking fee for all components showing any marks or wear within ten days of your receipt of the product. Sorry, no exceptions.
Vacuum cups employ the force of atmospheric pressure to grip a surface: When a vacuum exists between the cup and the surface on which it is attached, the weight of Earth's atmosphere holds the cup in place with incredible force. Unlike suction cups that produce a vacuum as they pull away from the surface, Powr-Gripﾮ vacuum cups use a hand-actuated pump to efficiently remove air from between the rubber pad and the attaching surface--thus creating a much more reliable hold. Because the full face of the pad is brought into contact with the surface, distortion is reduced, allowing the cup to be used on materials of almost any thickness with little risk of damage.
The vacuum cup's pump features a plunger with a red line, which serves as a vacuum indicator. Introduced by Wood's Powr-Grip in the 1960's, this safety device is still recognized as one of the most reliable warning systems available. A few strokes of the plunger evacuate the vacuum pad, causing it to seal securely to the attaching surface. When the cup is attached completely, the plunger stops moving and the red line is hidden within the pump. A visible red line indicates that air has leaked back into the pad, making vacuum insufficient to use the cup. However, if the red line becomes visible while the cup is in use, a check valve allows the user to repump the cup without losing the remaining vacuum.
Lifting on the release tab near the edge of the pad allows air to refill the evacuated space, so that the vacuum cup detaches completely.
Guide to Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair