Anybody ever use a camera stabilizer ?

Started Mar 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Fish Chris
Fish Chris Veteran Member • Posts: 4,987
Anybody ever use a camera stabilizer ?

I saw a guy using one the other day, I presume, for video.

But I've thought about these for a long time for photography.... especially, every time I dream about having a "big" heavy lens.... like a 500 or 600F4, or a Sigma 300-800.

Personally speaking, I don't think the problem with hand holding these lenses ^ for hours at a time, walking 10 miles with them, or, most importantly, holding them steady enough for a good shot, is a problem of "strength", but rather, from not working out a good support / stabilizer system.

You can find all different "cheap, easy" DIY designs. Most use PVC, ride over your shoulders, and have counter weights behind you......

People act like a big, heavy lens is hard to hand hold, and keep steady, but in reality, all that extra mass, should in fact make for a steadier, less shaky shot {which is part of why using counter weights makes it even more stable} ..... but again, only if you have the right set up to support the weight.

These things are SO cheap and easy to make, I'll probably try one, just for the heck of it....

Will post results here, if I do.

But I really just wish I had a huge, heavy lens, to use it with.....

Your thoughts / experiences please.

Thank you,


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