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Old 08-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #11
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A little trick to help take more stable pics in the field (saw this tip on the internet a few years back):

Items needed:

1. A bolt that will fit the tripod mount on the bottom of your camera.
2. A piece of string long enough to reach from the bottom of your camera when held at normal standing height in front of you, to the bottom of your foot.
3. A larger flat washer

Tie one end of the string to the bolt and screw it into the bottom of your camera. Tie the other end to the flat washer.

Now you can stand on the washer and pull the camera up till it is tight along the string. You can hold it tight, and this will take the wobble out of your pics.

You can also just wrap the string around the washer to shorten it, when needed (if crouched down)...as well as just unscrew the bolt and put it along with string and washer in your pocket when not needed.
Wow, that is a great idea !!!

I installed a bolt in the top of my walking stick, and use that as a monopod on the trails.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:14 PM   #12
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Skorp1on, I am jealous. Very very jealous. Those were incredible.

Mtnguy, I have a small piece that came with the camera that's meant for blocking the eyepiece. Seems to do the trick.
Really doesn't pay to drop it in the dark though

My lenses -all three- are different sizes at the business end so I need different hoods for them all.

Agreed about wmtire's idea. I have a walking stick/monopod but have never really tried it out.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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Mtnguy, I have a small piece that came with the camera that's meant for blocking the eyepiece. Seems to do the trick.
Really doesn't pay to drop it in the dark though
Yes, I have the eyepiece shield with my camera also. I may need to go back through my directions, but I understood that I needed to use that when my eye was not up against the camera, so that the camera would not take a false reading on exposure via the light coming in the eyepiece.

Once the mirror flips up, shouldn't the eyepiece be completely isolated from the sensor ??
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #14
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Wow, that is a great idea !!!

I installed a bolt in the top of my walking stick, and use that as a monopod on the trails.
Hey, I like that idea Chap.

Another thing about the bolt/string/washer. You can actually get by without a washer by just tying a loop in the end of the string, then putting your foot thru the loop to hold it down.

You would want to tie the loop (instead of a slide loop), so it wouldn't tighten on your foot as you pulled the camera tight.

This technique also works for camcorders and using your camera in video mode......and will let you take videos without the shake.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:51 PM   #15
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Hi everyone

Finally, a topic I may be able to help contribute towards, instead of just taking from others
I have been in photography for 30+years and taught a few different basic photography courses as well. So this thread is very dear to my heart. Now that I am back on the 'camping' scene I always try to lug around some of my kit with me. I shot film up to just a year ago but I have just begun to convert my bodies over to digital. So far I have a Nikon D7000 which for a small format sensor is very good. From a lens perspective I have a wide mix of wide angle to telephoto prime lenses as well as a couple AF zooms.
I have just recently started a 'photo-blog kind of thing' on facebook (not sure if I am allowed to self-promote on the forum so I won't paste a link unless someone says it is ok) where I post a photo once every few days with a brief description, what was involved and offer tips & tricks. If anyone is interested I can always pm the link also.

Photography, camping and hiking are great combinations and the A128S makes a great home-base. This summer it's mostly been about the trailer and getting back into the camping groove - next spring thru fall will be more about the photography while being in the outdoors.
Great thread and there are some great images posted.

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Old 08-28-2012, 02:58 PM   #16
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Yes, I have the eyepiece shield with my camera also. I may need to go back through my directions, but I understood that I needed to use that when my eye was not up against the camera, so that the camera would not take a false reading on exposure via the light coming in the eyepiece.

Once the mirror flips up, shouldn't the eyepiece be completely isolated from the sensor ??
You may very well be right.
Now I gotta go and check my book (something I should have been doing all along).
I'm glad I started this thread -it'll give me that kick in the pants I seem to need every so often.

EDIT: OK, according to my book, you're right.

I also found this gem:
When operating the diopter adjustment control with your eye to the viewfinder, care should be taken not to put your finger in your eye accidentally.
Sage advice.

Randy -jump in here anytime.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:02 PM   #17
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That is sound advice for sure Written by a lawyer no doubt.

The little eye-piece shield is used to block any light from entering the camera via the viewfinder which could influence the exposure calculations.Normally your head does the trick however for situations like when you are using a tripod you may not always have your head up to the rear of the camera. How much effect it has depends on camera design, specifically where the exposure sensors are and WHEN they take the readings. You can also just hold your hand over the viewfinder if you dont have the cover (I think I lost all of mine ages ago). Some cameras have a built-in "shutter" where you flick a little lever on the camera body and the shutter blocks the light from entering the viewfinder. generally on hi-end camera bodies)

As to the string trick - I have used it many times. In a pinch all you need is just the string - wrap it around a couple fingers on the camera hand and then step on the other end once you have the camera at the correct height. There are some situations where I find it actually works better than a monopod. Of course nothing beats a good tripod (except maybe someone who will carry your tripod for you).
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:00 PM   #18
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As an update to my earlier post we bought

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:23 AM   #20
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Beautiful snow shot. Love it.
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