reduce camera shake for $1

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    Why is it that everytime someone posts something cool and DIY another person got to try to take a shot at it.

    Thanks for the video. I'm going to make one.
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    Or you can buy a Sony and have it built in the camera. but that is a neat idea !!! I'll have 2 try it! good post!:thumbup:
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    very cool :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: i love the DIY stuff.

    i'm gonna try this. thanks for the link :)
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    him and his fancy lashings!

    lol, great idea!
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    Got to love ghetto devices.
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    heck, im making one :D
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    I'm thinking a adjustable nylon strap, like the kind you use to secure sleeping bags and backpacking stuff, some very thin rock climbing rope or just some black tie-line, and a 1/4"-20 eye-bolt. I think I can find all of that stuff in my garage.
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    They may have stated it in the wrong way, but this is something I saw someone do 25 years ago, so no, its not new... but its a good idea, becuase if it worked 25 years ago, it will DEFINATELY work now.

    Nice idea for sure. Had I used this technique at a recent autoshow, I could have saved at least 10-15 pictures that were blurred and when I looked closely, saw clearly it was vertical motion blur.

    Warning, you will look silly using it... lol.
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    An excellent idea that works very well, but as GRYPHONSLAIR pointed out its not new. Over thirty years ago I saw an even cheaper, more portable version - it did away with the expense of a weight and just had a loop in the end of the string to put your foot through. I suspect that the original idea came about long before I first saw it.

    You can also improve stability by having your camera strap around your neck and looping it around your elbow to pull it tight. I believe riflemen sometimes do something similar to steady their aim.
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    25 years... than 30 year... Well I saw it 31 years aog... I WIN
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    Actually, you loose, you just dated yourself! :lol: :lol:
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    Gives rise to an interesting question - Something like a sony, or in my case, the K10D - Will this give an advantage over in-body stabilisation? My logic is saying yes, this will help, and stack with the in-body to make it even more steady...

    Opinions?
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    Its not a cure for improper technique, but it will help some.
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    Well I found that interesting and I'll try it. A technique I was brought up with which I see remarkably few people using is to put the camera strap behind your head and pull the right end so that it is taut all the way to the strap fastening on the left side of the camera. Hold the strap tightly in your right hand and operate the camera normally. It's pressed hard against your face and the inertia of your head greatly dampens small movements.

    No good if you're using a digital camera and need to view via the LCD screen. No good if you only have a wrist strap. But otherwise works well.

    I used to take sharp handheld photos using a 70-210mm zoom at its longest, long before the days of image stabilisation. Now I have a state-of-the-art camera with image stabilised lenses I regularly take handheld photos at 400mm in dim light. I have a tripod and take it if I'm going out intending to take photos that'll need it. Otherwise it's just too damned heavy and inconvenient.
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