Not a bad idea (tripod alternative)

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  1. mattwe macrumors member

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    So what the hell am I supposed to do with my tripod? :eek:
     
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    Interesting... I wonder if it really does help.
     
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    OOh, I have to get my husband to make me one of those!!
     
  5. lofight macrumors 68000

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    looks interesting.. Good find.. But does it work?
     
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    String, screw, washer... shouldn't take him more than a couple of hours. ;)

    It WILL work (I remember a similar gadget being sold commercially; it was a bit fancier, that's all). You'd be able to hand-hold at slower shutter speeds, and maybe gain a couple of stops...
     
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    If it works, it is quite ingenious, but what happens when you have to move and you trip over the string and smash that $1,000 lens? ;)

    Seriously, it may be worth a shot - sure beats the premiums for the IS or VR tax on lenses.
     
  8. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Brilliant! You'd need an even surface though probably to secure it under your foot, not that there wouldn't be modifications that could work on other surfaces. Another DIY solution that seems like a good idea. If only I could make a DIY 70-200 f/2.8.
     
  9. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    screw the large white canon lens at the superbowl. your going to see them stepping on a metal washer and string :p
    i still want to try (for video) the steady cam idea that was floating around a few years ago
     
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    it should work pretty well, the idea is sound, but the string does have to stay tight, making height adjustments on the go a bit tricky.
     
  11. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    That is crazy. So crazy, I'll have to try it!

    I've always been a big fan of leaning up against a wall or tree, but maybe this is what i've been searching for! (you know, besides my two tripods and my monopod)
     
  12. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I have a few stainless steel 1/4 inch eye-bolts. Easier to tie a string to an eyebolt. I'll try this.

    I doubt it will work. When an image is blurred do to camera shake how large is the blur? I'm thinking it is on the order of a few tens of micro meters, maybe 100 uM. The string would allow more movement then that

    Easy experiment: Get a long lens and take hand held shot at slow shutter speeds with and without string.
     
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    This sounds cool... I'll definitely give it a go!
     
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    Well this will probably work as well as a monopod, except that you're pulling upwards to make the string taught rather than putting your weight onto a hard stick.
     
  15. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    I tried it and it works a little at any shutter speed, even though images at longer sppeds are still crap. At 1/6 sec, my image was pretty good and much better than hand held. It is a quick and dirty trick for when there is no tripod around.
     
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    I've just thought how to sort that AND do away with the washer - therefore making it EVEN cheaper.

    Instead of the washer, create a loop you put your foot in - voila!
     
  17. Crawn2003 macrumors 6502

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    Hmm... now to design one of these for my Sinar 4x5... :p

    ~Crawn
     
  18. mattwe thread starter macrumors member

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    That I want to see!

    Glad to hear it works (at least somewhat).
     
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    Will definitively make myself one of those. Thanks for the link :)
     
  20. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    and I thought I Was cheap!


    :D
     
  21. jbernie macrumors 6502a

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    It is a good cheap idea that you can use when stretched, ie no room for a tripod or you arent in a position to carry one.

    Another alternate and probably easier when on the move is to have a shorter string and a small hook that you can insert into a hole on your belt, removes the issues with tripping over it and makes it less obvious.
     
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    Think this will work with my oatmeal pinhole camera? :rolleyes:
     
  23. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Sounds workable, though I once got a crappy (but functional) full-size Samsonite tripod for $5 on sale at Microcenter. Of course, the string method won't tip over like a cheap tripod - though you might trip on the string and face plant into your camera!:eek::D
     

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