The Trident Kraken AMS Case and Tripod Mount combo for the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Samsung Note and possibly others, has a pretty serious design flaw, as far as design goes, in that it will not mount to "all Standard Tripods" as claimed by Trident and is quite clearly stated on the package as you can see...
As a matter of fact, it won't mount to any "standard" tripod or head or monopod. It can't it's physically impossible as it has been designed and manufactured. To be sure I assembled it correctly I even re-watched the demo video that shows how to mount the tripod mount to the case. As seen below.
To further illustrate the gap shown below with the tripod head.
So, I called Trident and sure enough, once they took a look at the demo video they made, they agreed with my findings as you can clearly see, there was a design flaw. The gap which is a quarter inch between the case edge and the mount once the tripod mount has been slide to the edge fo the case makes it impossible to mount it to a tripod, monopod, etc.
Btw, from what I have seen, they have corrected this flaw for the S4 case. but that doesn't help me having just bought the S3 Kraken or anyone else that might have bought or will buy it. Especially since I have less than 72 hrs to go before I head out on a road trip.
Since I know better and you should get into the habit of doing, is be smart and do a complete set up of all gear you plan on bringing with you on any shoot, vacation, road trip or what have you. That way, you won't forget anything or can fix any issues you may run into before leaving. That said, as long as the Kraken AMS case has been on the market for the S3, this is something that they (Trident) should have caught, and fixed for this case and the note case a long time ago. Obviously they didn't correct it, claiming I'm the first to call about it and are continuing to sell gear with this design issue.
Now sure, they are very nice on the phone and yes, they will offer to give you your money back... heck, they'll even parrot your words back to you in an email, but that's not going to help me. I'm leaving in less than 72hrs and I need this to work! I didn't buy it to fix it out of the box nor did anyone else I'm sure. Be that disappointment of a discovery as it may...
Don't panic if you discovered this as well, the fix is an easy one if you decide to keep yours or your in a pinch for time like I was and need a solution. Hence this post. As for solutions, I have a few.
There are three DIY ways I can think of right off the bat on how to fix this. As well, there are some out of the box manufactured solutions you can buy, if not locally, then online. I tried that first and unfortunately, all Pro Photography places around here have gone out of business and I didn't have time to order online.
I'll go over a couple of the out of the box solutions first before getting into the diy solutions.
Out of the Box Solutions:
Manfrotto 015 1/4-Inch-20 Male 20mm Long to 3/8-Inch Female Adapter
If your tripod has a 1/4 inch rather than 3/8 you can then add a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter to the above. Looks like this...
If it has both 1/4 and 3/8 inch as many Pro tripod heads do. Then the above should do fine and give you the clearance needed with out the need to add the above adapter.
Note: Make sure the length of the stand off is what you want. You don't need it to be too long, remember there is only a 1/4" gap from the case edge to the Trident Tripod Mount you need to extend past.
Hex Standoffs (Male / Female)
These come in brass, aluminum, steel, nylon, etc and usually you can find them at a fastener store. Grainger or the Fastener Super Store for instance.
DIY Solution 1
First up is to build something like the the Hex Stand offs. And if you're in a rush and only have Home Depot close by, this will work.
I didn't take pictures of this solution, but I did make it and test it and it works just fine.
1 - 1/4-20 x 7/8 inch Coupler Nut - usually HD only has them in a 7/8 length. So... get it.
1 - 1/4-20 x 7/8 Socket Set Screw.
You'll need to get..