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String contraption to help keep camera steady...?
« on: June 09, 2013, 05:43:46 AM »
I can't remember where I saw it...
Someone made a simple contraption to keep the camera steady
They stuck a screw under the camera which had a string attached to it...
At the end of the string was a large metal ring

They stepped on the metal ring and stretched up
The tension on the string helped keep the camera steady

Anyone know what I'm talking about!!? :)

Any links to how to make guide would be great
It's easy to make I know - I just want to know what type of screw, string and ring used

Also are there any disadvantages to using this system?
I think it's a pretty good idea - maybe not 100% perfect - but close to being as good as a tripod or monopod??

If not using a tripod or monopod, is there anything else that would help keep the camera steady?
(Apart from holding the camera right!)

Thanks


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Re: String contraption to help keep camera steady...?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 06:37:56 AM »
Pretty sure this was Charlie Waite, the famous English landscape photographer. His technique was fairly minimalist, basically a bit of string that he stood on. His usual method of support was a Gitzo though...

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Re: String contraption to help keep camera steady...?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 07:13:57 AM »
can u give me a name of this contraption?
i can look up the guide that i'm looking for
thanks

(i'm googling for charlie waite but am not seeing what i'm after so far)

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Re: String contraption to help keep camera steady...?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 07:18:57 AM »
I can't remember where I saw it...
Someone made a simple contraption to keep the camera steady
They stuck a screw under the camera which had a string attached to it...
At the end of the string was a large metal ring

They stepped on the metal ring and stretched up
The tension on the string helped keep the camera steady

Anyone know what I'm talking about!!? :)

Any links to how to make guide would be great
It's easy to make I know - I just want to know what type of screw, string and ring used

Also are there any disadvantages to using this system?
I think it's a pretty good idea - maybe not 100% perfect - but close to being as good as a tripod or monopod??

If not using a tripod or monopod, is there anything else that would help keep the camera steady?
(Apart from holding the camera right!)

Thanks


Omar
I still remember reading that and making myself a string contraption ... I used a really good quality parachute string/thread, drilled a hole into a big old coin (INR 10 coin from 1975) ... it was fun in the beginning and it also worked pretty well (helped prevent up/down movements on my Sigma 50-500 non-OS lens) ... but  ... I do not recollect any disadvantages other than the string getting entangled into knots while packing ... I eventually stopped using it after I got my EF 100-400 L IS (and later on the Sigma 150-500mm OS lens).
Anyway here is a video that might be of some help
Easy Image Stabilizer For Any Camera - Photography Trick
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Re: String contraption to help keep camera steady...?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 07:23:09 AM »
It was only a piece of string, no name really. He demonstrated this on one of the episodes of "Seeing Scotland", a very good landscape photography series that I would highly recommend. All the episodes are available on You Tube.

This is the link to the first of the six episodes.

Seeing Scotland - Season 01 - Episode 01

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