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Shoulder brace

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by tribomber, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. tribomber

    tribomber Mu-43 Rookie

    15
    Oct 5, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Scott
    My interest is wildlife and bird photography with my new (to me) Oly E-PL2 and Panny 45-200mm zoom lens. Yes, I realize this lens does not have great reach for the subject, and hope to add a Panny 100-300mm when the bank account allows it. Results so far are okay, but it's winter, so I haven't been out and about that much.

    I recently saw a semi-pro bird photographer speak, and was impressed with his DIY setup - a shoulder rig that allows him to quickly pull his camera to a shooting position, aim, and take the shot. It looked simple, light, and easily carried when slung down at the waist.

    Has anyone else done such a setup without spending much? I've seen the Stedi-Stock and another setup using the Manfrotto 361 and a pistol-grip, as well as other slicker setups at higher prices. But I haven't found much comment on such things in the forums here. Has anyone found found such setups beneficial, or are they just unneeded gadgetry?

    Thanks for any insights/help.
     
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I always use my flash bracket for a shoulder or arm brace. I've been shooting like that for decades.
     
  3. tribomber

    tribomber Mu-43 Rookie

    15
    Oct 5, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Scott
    Thanks Ned, but I can't picture it. Can you describe it, or better yet, provide pics?