DIY stabilizer

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Sandman, Mar 30, 2014.

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    Sandman Guest

    Sandman, Mar 30, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Mar 30, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    String tripods are hardly something new. The one shown seems
    overly-complex. The same function can be obtained by fitting an
    eyebolt (1/4" 20 tpi) in the camera's tripod socket and attaching a
    string to that. The string is held down with a foot.

    Another solution is to use a collapsible monopod without extending it
    and bracing the monopod just above the photographer's belt.
     
    Tony Cooper, Mar 30, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    That is one of the many uses of a sling. It is not just a means of
    carrying a rifle. I first leaned to use a sling to stabilize a rifle as
    an eleven year old. In Olympic three position target shooting a
    specialized sling which is attached to the rifle fore stock on an
    adjustable rail, is used for prone and kneeling, but is not permitted
    for standing.
    ....and it works very well.
    < http://www.rifleshootermag.com/2010/09/23/shooting_tips_sling_0612/ >
    < http://artoftherifleblog.com/the-loop-sling/2011/08/the-loop-sling.html >

    It is also useful for the non-target shooter in a sitting position, off
    hand, or almost any position he/she might find themselves in.
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    http://carnival.saysuncle.com/images/Slung, Open Leg Sitting k-4.jpg< http://www.gundigest.com/wp-content/uploads/Rifle-Sling-Shooting-3.jpg >
     
    Savageduck, Mar 31, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    I have used a variation, using mono filament, instead of a string. It is
    similar to what tony Cooper described and works quite well.
     
    PeterN, Mar 31, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    Might depend on the rifle recoil.
     
    Sandman, Mar 31, 2014
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    George Kerby Guest

    Some really good info. Thanks Duck!
     
    George Kerby, Mar 31, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    A good sling brace technique beats the hell out of screwing around with
    a bit of string. ;-)
    < >
     
    Savageduck, Mar 31, 2014
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    Peter Jason Guest

    Peter Jason, Apr 1, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    Not really. Take a look at a weight lifter who has to hold a position and see if they are steady.
     
    RichA, Apr 1, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    Do people, properly equipped and set-up, lose many shots to blurring today?
     
    RichA, Apr 1, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    I sort of have the idea that in the idea in the link, the stabilization
    will be from two points, not one. A dangling brick will most likely make
    the camera more unstable, and even one string you step on will only give it
    perpendicular stabilization, while this three-point idea will give you both
    lateral and perpendicular stabilization.
     
    Sandman, Apr 1, 2014
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    Whisky-dave Guest

    I must try to remmeber to take a heavy brick with me next time ;-)
     
    Whisky-dave, Apr 1, 2014
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    Guest Guest

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    Peter Jason Guest

    The camera is tied firmly to the brick; it doesn't
    dangle at all.
     
    Peter Jason, Apr 2, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Oh for crying out aloud! Buy a damn tripod, monopod, or a decent
    stabilized lens.
     
    Savageduck, Apr 2, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    So.. the brick is on the ground? That kind of limits your movements,
    doesn't it?
     
    Sandman, Apr 2, 2014
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    Sandman Guest

    Hear hear, then you won't look quite so stupid as in the link :)
     
    Sandman, Apr 2, 2014
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    J. Clarke Guest

    The brick idea is kind of nuts, but the point of the string system is
    that it's lightweight, compact, and portable. You can use it in places
    where a tripod isn't allowed, like within shooting distance of the White
    House (for some reason the brilliant marksmen at out security agencies
    think that a lightweight camera tripod can be used to support a sniper
    rifle--certain movies have reinforced that notion--apparently none of
    the agencies have ever tried it to see what actually happens).
     
    J. Clarke, Apr 2, 2014
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    Alan Browne Guest


    I wrote about "stringpod" here some years ago.

    It works (I posted "with" and "without" shots at a lowish shutter speed).

    I've used it in the field less than 5 times, however ...
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 2, 2014
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