Gentex - Optex SteadePod

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Herman, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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  2. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    I've seen this idea used before with a bit of looped string and a 1/4" thread adapter.... don't think I'll be rushing out to include one for my kit though..... :frown:
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  3. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
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    She's obviously not very bright if she can't work a tripod. Obviously a product for the hard of thinking.
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  4. Grant

    Grant SC Veteran

    Nov 12, 2010
    Lunenburg Nova Scotia
    I have been using a string pod for years and it is one of the first gadget hints I give my students. They are super easy to make, small light and compact. A 1/4" by 20 ibolt and a hunk of string, chain or cable will do. It can give about 2 extra stops. Total cost is about half a buck if you have the string, nothing if you also have the ibolt.

    My walk around kit always includes a string pod!
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  5. It is a very old trick which was commonly used for amateur cine-photography decades ago. The easiest and cheapest way to this is if you have a spare quick release plate with a D-handle bolt (many of the Manfrotto and larger Slik tripod quick release plates for example), tie a string of the adjusted length with a loop at the bottom. Put your foot through the loop and apply upward tension.

    I would be surprised if you get 2-stops advantage but it could be possible. Better still, if you use the video mode of your camera, it is almost as good as a steady-cam.

    The Steadecam is a very neat application of the idea but I would think a little overpriced. For the same sort of money you can get a cheap monopod.
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