Looking for a way to attach video camera to dSLR for sporting events (swim)

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Looking for a way to attach video camera to dSLR for sporting events (swim)
10 months ago

So, my wife doesn't like to work one of the cameras while I work the other although we want both video and stills of my sons swim meets.  I'm looking for a cheap and easy way to attach my video camera (Sony 550v) to my sSLR (D7000).  The idea is that I'd set the video zoom and start it going then point with the D7000 and take pics.  Since we usually sit in crowded bleachers the "contraption" needs to be small.

My first idea was to mount the video camera upside-down (I'll flip the video in post) on the bottom of the SLR - tripod hole to tripod hole - but that won't work.  The video camera tripod hole is at the front and the D7000 is, well, at the back.  So perhaps a simple bar of sorts (5-6" long) that would attach to the SLR and extend to towards the front and attach the video camera (again, upside-down).

The other approach would be to have them side by side, but then I fear the video camera interfering with my ability to hold the camera lens and zoom.

Anyways, thought I'd throw this one to the pros and see if this has been conquered before.  I've googled and found some "pro" setups, some meant for surfing etc, but nothing in the "cheap and easy" range - yet.

Rob

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