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10-25-2018, 10:05 PM   #1
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Can someone identify this Pentax ballhead clamp thingie? For 67?

Ball-joint on both ends. I know you know.

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10-26-2018, 12:34 AM   #2
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What does it say below "PENTAX"? What does it say on the round part?
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Looks like a boom clamp of some sort. Perhaps from the medical division?
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From the orientation of "Pentax" on the rectangular piece, it is designed to be clamped on the edge of something with the rounded section up. It looks as though the rounded section has holes for screws or bolts to hold something atop, perhaps for display.

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What does it say on the base and below "Pentax" on the clamp? It appears there is a model name on the base.

As with the comment above, it is likely this goes with a medical device with the base being fixed to a counter top.


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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
From the orientation of "Pentax" on the rectangular piece, it is designed to be clamped on the edge of something with the rounded section up.
Or perhaps ceiling mounted, clamped to an articulated armature with a scope thingy at the end.
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This looks like a ram mount style holder and not a genuine Pentax product. Maybe to hold a phone?
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What does it say below "PENTAX"?
PATLNTLD

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What does it say on the round part?
Under the mount end, it says R-A-M. Has a figure of a ram which is trademarked. And it also says Pat. Pend.

The round end is a tripod mount which screws into DSLR threads. Quite sure this is an original Pentax part & probably for 67 since I got these in a lot with 67 accs.

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I'd say something to do with lab equipment, the clamp looks like a lab clamp, normally clipped onto thin metal poles like this one:
Possibly holding a camera to take photos of experiments?
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i use something like this to mount a flash (or small strobe) to a stand.
could be similar

https://www.ebay.com/i/253933558730?chn=ps
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It 6 1/2"(16.5 cm) long & weighs just over 10oz (290g). It is cast metal. Looks like aluminum on the portions with paint loss.

The lack of ball joints with feet at the end of the clamping screws suggests that this is a (semi-)permanent setup.

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I suspect it's a simple table-top clamp. Clamp to edge of the table, the "PENTAX" is then upright, camera goes on the 1/4 X 20 screw, and you can alter the angle as with a ball dead.
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It appears to be a pole clamp for a mini printer:

RAM Mount Pentax PocketJet Printer Clamp Tele-Pole Mount
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It's for mounting on an instrument panel glare shield in anr aircraft or car side door window edge. Made for Pentax by Ram Mounts Seattle, WA. Note the "patlntld" lettering on the glare shield mount under R-A-M.

RAMŽ Ball Adapter with Round Plate and 1/4"-20 Threaded Stud Unpackaged
RAMŽ Composite Double Socket Arm Unpackaged
RAMŽ Glare Shield Clamp Ball Base Unpackaged
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If you haven't played around with RAM gear yet it's time! Many major manufacturers now offer RAM products...Garmin, several boat manufacturers, CanAm ATV's etc. Very functional with ball sizes up to 2" for really heavy items. I use 'em for my heavy sonar/GPS units in my boat and sometimes for camera gear and flash set ups.


The RAM story is a great "guy makes good on idea" story. I met the developer/owner of RAM at his first public showing--the Seattle Boat Show about 20 years ago. The product was called Round-A-Mount which over the years was shortened to RAM. If you start looking at the full line-up, it seems there's nothing under 25 pounds that can't be RAM'ed. Better build quality than any of the other copycats I've ever played with.
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