DIY stabilizer

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

  1. Sandman

    Alan Browne Guest

    This is a poor idea. Increasing mass decreases your ability to keep
    something steady because you're correcting for more when there is a
    disturbance which means muscles have to work harder (leading to fatigue
    and less ability to control).

    (Trying to shoot freehand with a 300 f/2.8, for example, teaches you
    this quite quickly).

    Adding mass for stability only works (typically) when the mass is
    attached to the ground, or when it is a resonant tuned system and the
    mass is carefully calculated (or experimented with) to find the right mass.
    Alan Browne, Apr 2, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    there are a lot of places that don't allow tripods, or monopods. But, I
    guess the string should give you at lease 1-2 extra stops.
    PeterN, Apr 3, 2014
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    Peter Jason Guest

    Peter Jason, Apr 4, 2014
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    Peter Jason Guest

    If a brick is too much to bear, consider a piece
    of rubber to put between the camera & a solid
    object such as a brick wall (bricks already in
    situ) to take HDR shots etc.
    Peter Jason, Apr 4, 2014
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    J. Clarke Guest

    A beanbag may be a more versatile solution.
    J. Clarke, Apr 4, 2014
  6. Holding a small tabletop tripod works much better and takes up no more
    space in a pocket. Still better, it works as a real tripod when there's
    a table around.
    Kevin McMurtrie, Apr 17, 2014
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    Mort Guest

    While taking pictures of Byzantine mosaics some 40 years ago inside a
    very dark church in Istanbul, I did what a then elderly photographer had
    taught me. I simply used the self-timer, which allowed me to brace the
    SLR with two hands. I got some very nice pix, including telephoto shots,
    which otherwise would have been quite blurred. Of course, this only
    works with stationary objects.

    Mort Linder
    Mort, Apr 18, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    there are brackets that can add a tripod collar to those types of
    lenses. it mounts on the camera and extends out along the lens axis to
    put the support under the lens rather than on the camera.
    Guest, Apr 21, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    The Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 was originally not delivered with a tripod
    collar (it is now), or a lens hood. However, there are both Nikon and
    third party accessories available.
    Savageduck, Apr 21, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Good friend to have, if you get into a bad situation.

    When hand holding (a tele lens,) I remove the tripod collar to reduce
    the weight. I also turn off VR for my bird shooting.
    PeterN, Apr 21, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    because the weight of a tripod collar is such a significant percentage
    of the overall weight of the camera and a long lens.

    be sure to also remove the quick release plate, the neck strap and even
    the lcd cover. it adds up.
    Guest, Apr 21, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    When you shoot wildlife you will be in a position to comment.
    PeterN, Apr 21, 2014
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    J. Clarke Guest

    "I don't know but I've been told, sight alignment and trigger control"--
    common cadence on the way to or from the rifle range in the US military,
    or those parts of it which still teach sight alignment and trigger
    J. Clarke, Apr 22, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Those are the fundamentals, they have been ever since rudimentary
    sights were fitted to a wheel-lock. They still apply to an M16, an
    AK47, shotgun, or a handgun whether you are using iron/open, or optical
    Savageduck, Apr 22, 2014
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    J. Clarke Guest

    You know that and I know that, but at one time I understand the Army
    went off the deep end with "instinct shooting" or some such. I don't
    know if they've continued that or if any other branches have joined the
    J. Clarke, Apr 22, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    That wasn't the case when I had my little meditation in green (1969-71)
    though there was definitely a school of thought related to "spray &
    pray" which was about as effective as any other faith based theory.

    Today some Law enforcement agencies (my former California State agency
    is one and it is part of my retired LEO qualifying course of fire) use
    an "instinct shooting" course of fire on pistol qualifying ranges which
    is limited to close quarters pistol combat at 3-6 feet. The logic
    behind this is, at such close quarters it is impossible to bring the
    handgun to eye level to aim, and raising the gun to eye level makes it
    vulnerable to being grabbed and taken from the officer.
    So the technique is to draw from holster with feet going to a modified
    Weaver stance/position at the same time, and both hands holding the
    handgun being drawn back to the belt buckle and to immediately commence
    firing. This way the gun is held in close to insure retention. This can
    be surprisingly effective allowing six shots from a wheel gun or a
    magazine to be emptied into the center of mass of a target/subject. You
    might say it is a variation of shooting from the hip, but it works
    because you are really aiming with your feet and body pointed at your

    This technique should not be used if there is separation of 9-15 feet.
    When in doubt back up and use your sights.
    Savageduck, Apr 22, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Nikon used to sell the tripod collar and lens hood as separate accessories.

    Take a look at where tripod collars are fitted to long lenses. You want
    the tripod to support the weight of the lens, not to have the lens
    hanging on the F mount where damage is possible.
    I doubt it.
    Savageduck, Apr 22, 2014
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    Eric Stevens, Apr 22, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    You've been around for a while, and know how it works. There is a
    colonel who feels his department hasn't spent its yearly budget. So he
    hires a consultant. The consultant has a lucrative contract, so he comes
    up with concepts, that he can get paid for testing, and even better,
    implementing. Didn't your police department do some equivalent?
    PeterN, Apr 22, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    As I reviously said, my lense is the model with the sliding zoom, so
    there is no real way to put a collar on it, except may be very near the
    front and that would be awkward. Usually collars are on the middle.[/QUOTE]

    what you want is a bracket that mounts on the camera but extends out
    along the lens axis, and provides a tripod mount under the lens.

    ideally it's adjustable so it can work with various lenses.

    think flash bracket, but turned 90 degrees.
    Guest, Apr 22, 2014
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