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    Anyone used a Stedi-Stock camera mount?

    Hello All,
    I'm looking for a good, easy to use solution to the problem of how to hold steady a camera and long lens.
    I've tried a monopod and a belt pouch for the monopod, but neither of these arrangements provide the flexibility needed when "shooting" birds.
    It occurred to me that mounting the camera/lens on a rifle stock or similar might prove to be a good solution.
    A quick search turned up the Stedi-Stock, a nylon device like a gun stock, which appears like it might solve the problem.
    Has anyone used, handled, or seen one of these? I would appreciate any comments that might help make a decision as to whether it is the solution.


    Cheers,
    Terry

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    I don't use one, and from looking at the Google images, I wouldn't bother.
    The whole setup is too short for any useful inertial dampening IMO.

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    Qualification: Except, perhaps, if that "handle" itself is resting on something solid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    I don't use one, and from looking at the Google images, I wouldn't bother.
    The whole setup is too short for any useful inertial dampening IMO.

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    I don't think inertial damping is the aim it's size and mass being greatly 'outweighed' by the camera & lens. Surely it's purpose is to allow you to firmly butt the stock up against your shoulder, as you would with a rifle.

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    Yep. Inertial dampening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Yep. Inertial dampening.
    Oh, what nonsense! Time to revise your physics I think.

    Cheers,
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    I could see it being quite a good steadying aid when used in conjunction with a monopod.
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    Cage might be onto something. Use the monopod instead of the handle, maybe with a ball head. It's not going to be all that steady hand-held. I was a shooter when I was younger and fitter. Got the marksman's award at my recruitment course. I can tell you that some camera/lens combos are as heavy as rifle and holding a rifle steady whilst standing unsupported is not easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cage View Post
    I could see it being quite a good steadying aid when used in conjunction with a monopod.
    You're probably right, but I want to get rid of the blasted monopod! They are a severe restriction when shooting birds. One moment you are looking at a bird on the ground, and the next trying to track a BIF high above. A monopod just gets in the way in a scenario like this. They are beaut if your subjects remain at about the same line of sight.
    Handheld is the most flexible method for birds, and a device like this would seem to offer very similar flexibility but with that added stability that the butt into the shoulder should provide.
    Whilst it all looks and sounds like a good idea , it may be useless. Hopefully Someone has actually experienced one of these.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warbler View Post
    Cage might be onto something. Use the monopod instead of the handle, maybe with a ball head. It's not going to be all that steady hand-held. I was a shooter when I was younger and fitter. Got the marksman's award at my recruitment course. I can tell you that some camera/lens combos are as heavy as rifle and holding a rifle steady whilst standing unsupported is not easy.
    Totally agree Warbler.

    I'm also an old rifle shooter from the .303 days and I also have the Army's Crossed Rifles marksmanship award.

    Even shooting prone with both elbows on the ground, we used to use the sling for additional stability.

    These things don't cost an arm and a leg so I may even try one myself to use with my monopod.

    Agree Terry, a monopod is not a big help with BIF. I started with an average monopod head but found it tended to droop, so I upgraded to a Kirk and when set for the weight of your gear it's good enough to stay where you point it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warbler View Post
    Cage might be onto something. Use the monopod instead of the handle, maybe with a ball head. It's not going to be all that steady hand-held. I was a shooter when I was younger and fitter. Got the marksman's award at my recruitment course. I can tell you that some camera/lens combos are as heavy as rifle and holding a rifle steady whilst standing unsupported is not easy.
    OK. The story is staring to get repetitive, so maybe you're all on the right track and I'm 'barking up the wrong tree'

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cage View Post
    Totally agree Warbler.

    I'm also an old rifle shooter from the .303 days and I also have the Army's Crossed Rifles marksmanship award.

    Even shooting prone with both elbows on the ground, we used to use the sling for additional stability.

    These things don't cost an arm and a leg so I may even try one myself to use with my monopod.

    Agree Terry, a monopod is not a big help with BIF. I started with an average monopod head but found it tended to droop, so I upgraded to a Kirk and when set for the weight of your gear it's good enough to stay where you point it.
    OK. The drooping head isn't the real issue. It's having to lift the whole damned contraption off the ground to get a sight on anything much above eye level. I'm 6' 4" in old money, so maybe you can see how awkward these things are for me...and that's why the gun-stock approach looked so attractive.
    But, as most seem to be saying, it may not be much help on its own.

    Cheers,
    Terry

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    Aha, I see the problem.

    I'm a shortie alongside you, only 6', but I just mounted my camera on my monopod and head (5'6"" to the top of the monopod head) and I see what you mean as I had to stoop to look through the viewfinder when the camera was pointing up at a high angle.

    Quick Fix ??? A taller monopod. Maybe something like this http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/...minium-monopod

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cage View Post
    Aha, I see the problem.

    I'm a shortie alongside you, only 6', but I just mounted my camera on my monopod and head (5'6"" to the top of the monopod head) and I see what you mean as I had to stoop to look through the viewfinder when the camera was pointing up at a high angle.

    Quick Fix ??? A taller monopod. Maybe something like this http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/...minium-monopod
    That looks like a decent height, and should be an improvement. I'll have to have a look at one of those.
    Thanks for the link.

    Cheers,
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    This might be your go.


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    Another bit of gear I'm really happy with. Similar action to the video in Warbler's post.

    http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...erley-Sidekick
    Last edited by Cage; 02-05-2016 at 6:48pm.

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    why not just get a DSLR steadicam? Same concept as used to steady cinema cameras for shooting movies..but for your DSLR. Sometimes people overthink stuff
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    I use this head on my Benro monopod
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Benro-Mon...UAAOSwabhUVwdV
    When using it with my Sigma lens, I have the lock screw on the head loose and the collar on the lens loose as well. Does everything as well as being just a monopod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    why not just get a DSLR steadicam? Same concept as used to steady cinema cameras for shooting movies..but for your DSLR. Sometimes people overthink stuff
    Hmmm, maybe you're under thinking!
    All the DSLR steadicams I could find with a quick search are only suited for camera of about 1kg or less. My DSL and lens is about 3 kg, and I suspect these devices add some mass as well. Not sure I'm convinced.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by tduell View Post
    Hmmm, maybe you're under thinking!
    All the DSLR steadicams I could find with a quick search are only suited for camera of about 1kg or less. My DSL and lens is about 3 kg, and I suspect these devices add some mass as well. Not sure I'm convinced.

    Cheers,
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    Under thinking or not, you have had some interesting views and ideas presented in your thread. So you have some thinking of your own to do before you make your decision, eh?

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    Tie a washer to a string long enough to reach from the ground to about the height of your chin. Tie the other end of the string to a bolt that will fit your camera's tripod socket. Screw the bolt into the camera and stand on the washer. Done.

    I have no idea how well this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Under thinking or not, you have had some interesting views and ideas presented in your thread. So you have some thinking of your own to do before you make your decision, eh?
    Yes, you are quite right, a lot of good discussion on the subject.

    Cheers,
    Terry

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