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Thread: Steady your pan without a tripod ?

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    Default Steady your pan without a tripod ?

    Not my idea, I just found this video on youtube. Its a very simple idea and although I have not tried it yet I can see how it could work.

    The presenter is a little slow to reveal, but he has a nice idea.

    Shrimpy

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    Even simpler (and perhaps as effective) would be a long piece of string, joined at both ends. the bottom loop goes under the foot, the top loop goes over the hand (which is holding the camera).

    I claim no expertise, but I have already spent several hours trying the above exercise, and variations (e.g. 2 loops of string, one under each foot; feet in different positions etc).
    I was slightly impressed, but not enough to sell my tripod.

    I might prefer to waste some time trying this:

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    Well Tim, at least I managed to introduce you to the exciting world of bondage, it sounds like you tied yourself in knots

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    Personally I find that taking time, getting a comfortable stance and practicing is as good, if not better than tricks. The secret to a one-way pan (ie where you only pan in one direction) is to get your END position comfortable. Then move to where you want to start and off you go.

    Mind you that's easy to say as 50% of my camera moves at work are made on a Panther dolly!

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    Okay so I just read this thread and happened to have some string around. I tied a loop on each end. Connected one to the tripod shoe already attached to my camera and the other to my wrist.

    After a few practice ones, just to get the speed right. I must say this is a very cheap and handy trick to know. Thanks for posting it.

    Ben

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