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The String Tripod

posted by josecarli, May 20, 2008 11:05 PM — 10 comments

I recently bought a new camera (Canon S5IS) with a 12x zoom and I am having difficulty with focusing, specially at higher zoom.

The main reason for this is my shaking hands.

So, I googled for help and came accross this incredibly simple "string tripod", which is nothing more than a string with which you link your feet to your camera and use it as a stabilizer.

Amazingly simple, cheap and very, very helpful for those who do not have such a steady hand and do not want to carry a tripod everywhere.

Obviously not a "true tripod", but very helpful anyway.

Hope it may help someone like it did to me.


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1. posted by fiddler101, May 21, 2008 6:27 PM

That's a great idea. I'll have to give it a try. I have taken 2 college photography courses, and I don't recall anyone mentioning this. If it works well I'll be sure to pass the idea along next semester.

2. posted by ochoocho, May 30, 2008 10:34 AM

amazing ... the smallest idea can lead to a grea invention!

i prefer my gorillapod but that is nice too.

3. posted by atirage, Jun 20, 2008 9:01 AM

This one is really nicely explained :)
I saw this idea earlier on metacafe, so if ya all need the videotutorial check this out: ilizer_for_any_camera_lose_the_tripod/

4. posted by AllieOK, Aug 27, 2008 5:25 PM

I've used one of those for a while now... so simple to make, simple to carry with you, and so effective.

5. posted by osiris, Sep 22, 2008 1:40 AM

This is a great technique, I originally learned about it in a video production class and have applied it to my still photography as well.

6. posted by josecarli, Oct 19, 2008 1:46 AM

It's been a while since I last visited my own post.

The video atirage places a link to is really awesome.

It is impossible to illustrate the idea in a better way than that.


7. posted by boquerones, Nov 3, 2008 1:14 AM

Good idea, thank you.

8. posted by calebporzi, Mar 16, 2009 12:17 AM

Awesome little stabilizer!

9. posted by escan, Aug 18, 2010 12:11 PM

nice tip thanks.

10. posted by harissonA, May 27, 2013 1:41 AM

Looks like it would fun to try.

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