Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Beware the Cam Caddie Scorpion EX

I just got a Cam Caddie Scorpion and tried it with my new Canon EOS 70D. The screw was thumb tightened. It worked ok and I was having fun with it shooting some test videos.

Then when I tried to unscrew it, I found it was extremely tight. I tried harder and only managed to spin the knob whilst the screw remained in the tripod socket.

Great. Well, I needed my camera free of the Cam Caddie, so I used a hacksaw to cut it off. But I still couldn't get the screw out.

Damnit. So I went to the local hardware store and bought a a beefy locking vise grip. It was extremely hard to turn, it was seized in there good. I tried harder and the screw broke off in the tripod socket. Fuck.

I called Nippon Photo Clinic and they quoted me around $100 to replace the bottom plate. Goddammit.

Lesson: DO NOT BUY OR USE A CAM CADDIE SCORPION. It looks like, feels like, and acts like a cheap piece of shit.

1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear about your bad experience with the piece of crap CAM CADDIE, thanks for the warning.

    The reason for me writing to you is for clarification on a post you made regarding tethering Canon 5D MK II to my laptop (Macbook pro) for the purpose of using live view while studio shooting.

    The problem is that once I have the camera connected to the Macbook Pro the camera will not turn on with live view and will not display an image on the MacBook Pro.

    Though I have been able to produce a few images over the past couple of years I have had nothing but problems trying to use live view. It seems Canon and Apple did not had their compatibility worked out before releasing their software making my photo life nothing but a nightmare.

    I'm hoping you may have a suggestion that will resolve my problems.

    Regards Dean B.