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Topic: OT: Lose The Tripod (12 msgs / 241 lines)
1) From: Brett Mason
A tip came up at work for losing-the-tripod and yet taking pictures with
little or no movement of the camera...http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1041948/1_image_stabilizer_for_any_camera_lose_the_tripod/I'll be trying this tonight....
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2) From: Dave Kvindlog
On 3/6/08, Brett Mason  wrote:
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3) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
That technique works pretty well.  Although it is better than no
camera support, it isn't a real replacement for a tripod.  I use it
when I don't feel like carrying a monopod or tripod.  Very handy for
back backing with a light camera.
IIRC, I found the tip in a camera magazine about 30 years ago.  You
might want to be a little careful when tightening the bolt into the
tripod mount on the camera.  Some cameras aren't very strong and the
bolt can cause damage if tightened too much.  The video may have
warned about that, but I didn't turn the audio on when it was playing.
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4) From: Rich
The flexible mono-pod...
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5) From: raymanowen
A Canon Pelix has a stationary mirror that exacts about a half stop light
penalty on the exposure. Their 50mm f:0.95 lens couldn't be fitted, because
the rear element hit the pellicle mirror- rangefinder camera only with f/p
shutter for the f:0.95 lens. Sure, lock the mirror up and fit the lens in a
SLR body. No SLR. No candid shots. No Coffee!
My Topcon RE Supers are not for the faint of heart. Compared to most others,
the mirror bounce is similar to closing the overhead luggage door when
you've got it packed like McGee's closet.
Trip the shutter while you're holding coffee, you might spill it. Use cable
release, delay timer and tripod with coffee cup holder on one leg.
Just enjoy the coffee. Either way, your covert photography days are over.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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6) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
The Topcon SLRs aren't for the faint of heart, but one of ours lasted
over 600 rolls of 36-exposure film before needing repair (film advance
gear worn down).  The auto-winder Topcons we use are still going
strong after a great many rolls of film.
The Topcon Super DMs my wife favors aren't for the weak of arm either.
 Heavy, sturdy, and extremely reliable film cameras that have been
discontinued for a long time.
Time for another cuppa.  Ethiopian coffee in the press pot this
morning made the early hour a bit easier to bear.  Nice sunrise,  a
good cup of coffee, and relaxing music were a good start to the day.
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7) From: Bob Hazen
RayO....  The sound of a real shutter.  Music to the ears.  I started 
photography with a plain mechanical, manual camera.  I thought I'd arrived 
when I got an F3 with aperture priority!  Fast forward to about a year ago. 
I bought a D200.   It came with an 18-200mm autofocus zoom, slow as heck; 
f3.5-5.6.  And vibration reduction.  Nikon claims you can hand-hold at 3-4 
stops less than without VR.  And they appear to be right; it really works. 
So f5.6 isn't so bad.  You can loose the tripod.  But regardless, I sold the 
lens.  It turned out to be a jack-of-all, master-of-none.  11:1 zoom, slow 
aperture, marginal optical performance.  And I couldn't wrap my head around 
it.  I have always composed with my feet.    I went back to using my old 
fast primes.  They work great on a D200.  So while I don't have the 
aesthetics of a Topcon shutter, at least I can use >real< lenses.    I'm 
also one that thinks PCs have already hit their peak of usability and are on 
a decline.  But that's another issue altogether...
Good light!
Bob

8) From: Paul Helbert
My land line connection never would let me see past eh bill of materials.
Could someone please send me synopsis of the project?
Thanks!
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9) From: John Despres
Sure, Paul.
You stand on a string that is tied to a 1/4" bolt in your camera's 
tripod mount. At the bottom of the string is a washer or something to 
get your foot on. While taking pictures you pull gently against the foot 
anchored string and it stabilizes the camera.
It also allows all the movement you'd need turning and tilting. Then you 
roll it up & put it in your pocket.
John
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10) From: Michael Wade
Tie a string to a 1/4-20 cap screw and thread it into your tripod socket. 
Stand on the other end of the string, put tension on the string as you aim 
your camera.  The video shows a big flat washer tied to the other end to 
stand on..
You can just make a loop long enough to go over your camera somewhere and 
under your foot.  Quicker and it's adjustable for different shooting 
heights.  It'ts a jury-rig anyway, just get creative...
Michael

11) From: Paul Helbert
Great! Thanks.
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12) From: Dave Huddle
That Canon is only half a camera.   Likewise the Topcon.
I shoot with a Realist, or Revere, or FED BOY, or Sputnik!
You have two eyes, so use a two eyed camera!
Dave
Westerville
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