Gitzo Tripod Head QR Cover - On Camera
by rtrski, published
PLEASE DOWNLOAD BOTH PARTS This is a simple contoured cover for the wedge-shaped quick-release plates for Gitzo tripod heads. The QR plates are kind of 'sharp edged' so if you have one mounted at the bottom of your DSLR, yet want to use your left hand to cradle some of the body weight, they hurt...especially at that delicate web between your thumb and forefinger. This is an attempt at making a more contoured shell that slips over it so you can leave the QR plate on the camera, yet still shoot comfortably. Print at as low as 0.15 infill and you won't even know it's there, it's weight is so insignificant.
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This is a two-part print. The first part ("top")provides the wedge shape to grip the QR cover, and has some slight contouring to it, but a flat bottom. The second shape, ("bottom") prints inverted, so as to not require any support that you'd have to shave away from the contoured base. The two parts glue together with acetone or superglue or whatever at a planar surface. The holes are to assist glue alignment - I couldn't do a hole-and-peg arrangement since I wanted the bottom of the 'top' part and the top (after flipping) of the 'bottom' part to be face down and flat. Maybe someone smarter than I can figure out a way to create an alignment feature other than just some holes as visual fiducials. In retrospect, if I decide to edit it further to increase the taper to the left hand, I'll probably also increase the holes to a long channel so you've got access to the QR screw head thru the bottom of the cover as well.
I made this for a Sony SLT-A99 FF DSLR (well, DSL<b>T</b>), and this does allow the moving rear LCD hinge arrangement to clear.
Slide this over your QR plate from the left side, so your left hand gets the padding. Your right hand doesn't need it, so don't sweat the lack of rounding on the right edge of the part. Should be a fairly tight fit so as not to slip off (my first version needed some sanding, this one slipped on after just shaving a few string blobs from perimeter crossovers).
The wedge shape for the QR engagement is about a 1:2 slope, so it does not need support on printing! I didn't have any dropped loops on mine, just some crossover marks as mentioned. Pics (to be uploaded soon) below.
I'm still debating increasing the length on the lefthand side and tapering it thinner still. I guess something like this could even morph into a type of vertical 'grip' shape, but that's a whole lot of wasted space just to cover a QR plate...