• metal bracket (designed for posts) to provide stability and protection for the bottom camera when the unit is placed on a flat surface
  • bottom section of the Omega Eikon protrudes
  • Bencini Universal Pistol Grip. removed the leatherette and polished up the aluminium to make it look like the rest of the camera
  • Nikon D300 with AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G
  • rainwater pipe to avoid light falling on lens or viewfinder. Spray-painted silver to make it look less weapon like. I would have preferred black, but felt the colour might be too risky given the plethora of over-zealous security guards these days
  • logo sticker to make it look less 'weapon-like'
  • Nikon GPS-1 unit
  • perforated, angled construction steel segments, rivetted
  • chromed steel cup-board handle, to serve as aid in side-ways shots. doubles (a tad awkwardly) as carrying handle
  • Gitzo G1285 Quick Release Adapter
  • Gitzo Quick Release plate Type A, to fit my GH2750QR off-centre ball head
  • cable tie to release stress on the tripod mount of the Omega Eikon (which is a tad weak)
  • 3/8-inch bolt and fly screw (from an old tripod head) to fasten camera to unit
  • www.flickr.com/photos/heritagefutures/4260785953/
  • behind... digital shutter release triggered by the manual cable release, and plugged into the GPS unit for command throughput to shutter (the digital release is one for a Nikon D-90, Nikon MC-DC2) www.flickr.com/photos/heritagefutures/4260785953/
  • pipe connector, slides up and down, thus exposing the top of the bottom camera (for change outs)
  • pipe connector, slides up and down, thus exposing the lens of the top camera (for change outs)
  • hose clamp to fine adjust the angle of the top camera (which very heavy (1
    1,790g, 790g of which are the 105 Micro-Nikkor and 20g the GPS unit...)

NikΩlbia TTV 910

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The NikΩmega TTV910 through-the-viewfinder camera is an 'in-service' development of the Nikolbia TTV812 camera, based on ten months' experience of taking photos with the initial design. See here for the complete set of design specifications.

The NikΩmega TTV910 through-the-viewfinder camera, uses a Nikon D300 with AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G as top camera and an Omega Eikon as the bottom camera.

Total weight: 4.76kg (1.79kg top camera, 2.97kg bottom camera and rig)

For air-line travel I can break it down, by removing the top and bottom camera (into a LowePro Slingshot bag) and put the unit into the suit case. I unscrew the pistol grip to avoid misunderstandings by the X-Ray personnel. I have hand-carried the whole thing,, but sans the pistol grip, in broken down form onto aircraft in Australia, Taipei and the USA (Anchorage). Have not done this yet with the unit as is.

See here, here and here for the camera in action in street photography at Harajuku, Tõkyõ.

© Dirk HR Spennemann 2010, All Rights Reserved

ausphoto, ( R.I.P. † ) yOuKfOu, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. heritagefutures 52 months ago | reply

    oblique bottom view:

    lens view:

    and details of trigger mechanism:

  2. esch* [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

    Very fancy indeed!!!! Alas using 5 different bottomcameras I've gone back to cardboard and gaffatape :-).The trigger mechanism looks great!!!

  3. heritagefutures 52 months ago | reply

    I can actually swap out the bottom camera... the cable tie is only needed for the historic for the Eikon with it's weak tripod socket.. I have settled on the Eikon, but if I were to swap up regular, I would have a velcro band instead of the cable tie (just looks too untidy, so cable tie is better...am actually looking for a silver cable tie to match the color.. ;-)

  4. poissoncarnassier 52 months ago | reply

    That is a nice thing!

  5. heritagefutures 52 months ago | reply

    self portrait with camera:

  6. ( R.I.P. † ) yOuKfOu 51 months ago | reply

    I like that kind of crazy camera-weapon-TTV ^^'

  7. { lillith } 49 months ago | reply

    i'm drooling over your contraption. and laughing about the "less weapon-like". friggin' kickass.

  8. heritagefutures 49 months ago | reply

    easy to build... as to weapons like.. not much I can do there..

  9. heritagefutures 37 months ago | reply

    See here, here and here for the camera in action in street photography at Harajuku, Tõkyõ.

  10. gibheid 28 months ago | reply


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