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Old January 30th, 2009, 08:32 PM   #16
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Hi Terry,

This steady stick looking good. Can you put them on tripod without removing it?
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Old January 31st, 2009, 05:37 AM   #17
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I can personally attest that this solution works brilliantly with the EX1 too. Note the grip twisted round by 45 degrees, and the left hand supporting the lens (I find little and ring finger on lens shade more comfortable than putting hand under camera body).

Over the last year I've shot a lot of events held this way, and when 'waiting for a shot to happen', I tilt the camera sideways to the right, so its weight is resting on my right fore-arm.

I've not had any real problems hand-holding, but the Hood-Pro has been the game changer by improving steadiness.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 06:15 PM   #18
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I personally like the wooden Levelcam which is at levelcam.com
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Old February 1st, 2009, 03:39 AM   #19
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Levelcam, what a great spoof, loved it and haven't stopped laughing
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Levelcam, what a great spoof, loved it and haven't stopped laughing
I think this guy is serious!
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Old February 1st, 2009, 11:10 PM   #21
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That steady stick is basically the same idea as the monopod.
Offhand though I might prefer the monopod. The nice thing about a tilt head on top instead of a free floating ball like the steady stick seems to have, is that it tends to keep you level while its still easy to twist for a tilted shot.

Also if you buy 2 cheap sliding quick release plates by manfrotto or giotto on the top then you can also put the same receiver on your tripod. Thus you have the same quick release plate on both units. Very easy to switch. I do this all the time even with full size cameras.

Also If you need to go high you can really go way over your head, and for a long interview you can run it the ground for support.

Actually I bet that Levelcam works pretty well. It is no doubt completely serious though it is pretty funny.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 02:49 AM   #22
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I think this guy is serious!
Never in a million years, this has to be a joke website. Can you honestly imagine anyone daft enought to be walking about with a camera on a plank of wood. Great joke though.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 05:10 PM   #23
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I will soon be the owner of an ex1 or 3, haven't decided. Either way I am going for this.

Protech ST-7

ST-7 Shoulder Adapter for SONY EX3 on Vimeo

PROTECH ST-7 ? on Vimeo

ST-7 Protech Shoulder mount Adpater for PMW-EX3 and PMW-Ex1

It also docks onto sony tripod plates and powers the camera via v-mount batteries. Great since I have a boat load of sony batteries. and will be sharing a tripod with a larger camera.
It's also the most profesional looking one I've seen.

I bet it would work great with the ex1. I think it's a steal at 800 bucks.
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I love it, just one spoof site after another. Can't wait for the Steve Martin or Chevy Chase version.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 08:51 PM   #25
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For handholding, I find the camera is squeaking when my hand grips the handle or base of unit. I'm thinking about covering those portions with grip tape, but I'm wondering how others deal with this. Since I shoot with both a shotgun and a wide pattern microphone (Blue Dragonfly) mounted on the camera, I'd prefer not to pick up noise.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #26
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This how I use it, work just fine. Cavision stuff.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 05:21 AM   #27
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This how I use it, work just fine. Cavision stuff.
Looks good, and less than £200 in the UK too.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 06:37 AM   #28
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I can personally attest that this solution works brilliantly with the EX1 too. Note the grip twisted round by 45 degrees, and the left hand supporting the lens (I find little and ring finger on lens shade more comfortable than putting hand under camera body).

Over the last year I've shot a lot of events held this way, and when 'waiting for a shot to happen', I tilt the camera sideways to the right, so its weight is resting on my right fore-arm.

I've not had any real problems hand-holding, but the Hood-Pro has been the game changer by improving steadiness.
Yep that photo shows exactly how I do it... pity the Z1 handgrip doesn't pivot...
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