Camera and binocular shake

Subject: Camera and binocular shake
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:31:38 +1100
Some years ago I had to abandon my Canon T70 and 500 mm mirror lens as my eyes weren't working well enough (now upgraded via cataract removal). Last year I took over my wife's digital Panasonic when she upgraded.

It is so light as to be awkward to carry hanging from my fingertips as I did with the Canon; it is also so light that it needs support to steady it at maximum zoom of about 400 mm film equivalent - I have just checked the 500 mm lens to see whether old age has attacked my hands as well as my eyes. It has, but the extra mass of the old camera means the shake is much less - it's about 3 times as heavy as the digital - about 400 grams compared to 1.3 kg.

I have contemplated finding a piece of steel plate to use as a stabilizer.

Brian Fleming

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