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The Enthusiast's Guide to DIY Photography by Mike Hagen

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64. SHOULDER STOCK CAMERA MOUNT FOR TELEPHOTO LENSES

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HANDHOLDING LONG TELEPHOTO lenses can be a real pain. Also, stability is always a bit dicey. Using a shoulder stock to stabilize your equipment is an easy solution.

There are a bunch of shoulder stock options on the market today for video shooters, but they all generally have you supporting the setup by holding onto a handle on the rig. Also, they don’t allow you to have your finger on the shutter release, nor do they allow you to use your thumb for autofocus area selection or AF-ON (back-button focus). This project allows you to zoom with your left hand while focusing and shooting with your ...

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