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Old Oct 20, 2004, 1:12 AM   #1
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Hello,

I wonder if any one has details of a simple
camera support that will strap around the
neck and be supported on the chest in a
triagular fashion to help prevent camera
shake that bugs me.

I have seen a photographer use one but
have failed to find a supplyier on the web.
All the big photo shops seem to sell is mono
or tri pods. Although these of course are very
useful.

I am thinking of ivesting in a new Olympus 5060
because of it's tilt screen. I think it is a good
camera anyway of course.

Any help would be gratefully received.

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Old Oct 20, 2004, 1:15 AM   #2
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Sorry I have posted this in the wrong forum.



Should have been under Tripods.



Sorry



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Old Oct 20, 2004, 5:43 AM   #3
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Personally, I use a device designed for camcorder use...it's a monopod that rests against your chest:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/08...tuff/brace.jpg

Mine was made by Pentax, but there are several brands out there...there are some that even rest on the shoulder. The only thing is since it was designed for video use you can't use the camera in the vertical mode. Also, you have to make sure that the secondary video support pin is retractable.

Another thing, if you are considering buying a new camera in future you may want to look for a camera with image stabilization...there are several like the Canon S1 IS, Panasonic DMC-FZ series, the Minolta A and newer Z series, some Nikon (they call it "Vibrarion Reduction" or VR), etc.
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 5:50 AM   #4
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Thanks Mike for you help.

I will look into that one.

I have come across a web site and product on
www.b-hague.co.uk

They sell a product called a chest-pod and sells
for around £57 not cheap!

Again I don't think you can use in in the portrait position!


thanks again Philip J.
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Old Dec 6, 2004, 11:18 AM   #5
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Another trick I've heard people use is they tie a string to the camera and stand on the other end. Then they apply some tention to the string (by pulling up on the camera slightly) and this tension helps reduce camera shake (because the camera isn't free to move in any direction any more.)

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Old Dec 6, 2004, 3:25 PM   #6
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I carried a little tabletop tripod for years with my 35mm gear that would work very nicely as a chest support. It had the great advantage of being cheap. Not as cheap as Eric's string and maybe not as effective. But it was fast to get into operation. I felt it gave a lot of stabilization.


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Old Jan 30, 2005, 11:35 AM   #7
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Another trick I've heard people use is they tie a string to the camera and stand on the other end. Then they apply some tention to the string (by pulling up on the camera slightly) and this tension helps reduce camera shake (because the camera isn't free to move in any direction any more.)

Eric
Have used this method for several years but used a small chain instead of string. I picked up a 1/4-20 bolt (to fit the tripod fitting) and welded an eyelett on it to affix the chain to. Made the chain about 7' long so you can vary the height you want to hold the camera and also my girlfriend also uses the chain, I'm 6'2" and she's 5'4"... either one of us can affix the chain to the camera, set the cameraat the desired height and stand on the chain.

Always called this my pocket tripod...remove the chain and put it in you pocket.

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Old Jan 30, 2005, 6:26 PM   #8
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Or simply use a monopod. That's what most pro's use, if they are moving around alot and need support.
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Old Feb 1, 2005, 4:45 AM   #9
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slipe is on the money I reckon! I use a Slik mini tripod. It's great - and sits nicely on my chest (with a bit of initial adjusting of course!)
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