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Big-time shoulder pain from heavy-duty camera use - suggestions?

 
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Apr 05, 2012 07:34 |  #16

pyrojim wrote in post #14210733 (external link)
Strength training can change your life as well.

probably the best solution, but it will take time.

or you could get a rebel. same IQ... lol


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Apr 05, 2012 09:41 |  #17

Strange that you are having shoulder pain but not using a strap. Usually it's the straps that cause it.

Are you carrying a camera bag, single strap type with shoulder strap?

The Canon straps with the cameras pretty much suck. I've changed them out to better straps for years (mostly OpTech).

I've also replaced the strap on my one shoulder bag (w/OpTech), and that helped, even though it's a pretty small shoulder bag (usually has 2 or 3 lenses in it, largest 70-200/2.8 and 300/4... plus at least one 580EX flash, spare batteries, etc.) That bag also has a waist belt, which I use at times to help support the weight.

For longer treks and/or more gear, I use a backpack instead and have two, in different sizes. Really helps to spread the load between two shoulder straps and a waist belt.

A lot of small stuff, I carry in a vest. The one I use most is a $20 fishing vest from Walmart.

Oh, and I noticed when I joined CPS, one of the "membership gifts" is an OpTech strap. I've got several of those now, after several years "gold" membership.

Most of my shooting is handheld, usually with two 7Ds w/grips, and for sports it's often 70-200/2.8 on one and 300/4 on the other (24-70/2.8 and 12-24/4 in the bag, for less frequent use). Occasionally, for those really loooonnggg days, I'll use a monopod.

Yes, some exercise would be a good idea... Mine involves too many sofa and TV remote "workouts", I'm afraid.


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Apr 05, 2012 12:20 |  #18

Another vote for the Black Rapid RS7, I have lived with severe back pain now for 2 years + I carry a 7d with a 300 f2.8 2xTC combo on a monopod. The strap is an amazing bit of kit ( as are the other type of supports I suppose ) and makes a big difference. Its so comfortable. Good luck with your recovery :)


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Apr 05, 2012 13:41 |  #19

alex.hondsmerk wrote in post #14212840 (external link)
1) Hit the gym ;)
2) Get a Cotton Carrier

Anything that takes the unequal distribution of weight off your shoulders will help.

Alex: The Cotton Carrier (or a similar solution) is a definite. Though I do think much of the problem has been exacerbated by holding the 7D and the 70-200 up to my eyeball for prolonged periods. If I do, say, five shoots on a Saturday, that's a ton of repetition.

But the hitting the gym thing - if you'll read through my posts, you'll see I do that already. I'm there three or four times a week. Right now, with this pain, it's probably a better idea *not* to push it at the gym.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 14:14 |  #20

timberlandlh wrote in post #14211308 (external link)
I can relate... I have a 7D and 28-300L.....hike with it for a while. I hate to place it in a back pack, then it's not convenient to access when bears etc appear.

Consider something like a Kata LighTri-318. You can wear it on your chest and possibly you could marry it to your backpack. I use it to hold a gripped 7D w/100-400mm which is as heavy as your rig. It would let you grab the camera quickly when an opportunity arrives.




  
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Apr 06, 2012 18:49 as a reply to  @ powaysteve's post |  #21

Hi, I use the black rapid rs-7. it leaves your hands free of the weight and easy to get the camera when needed.


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Apr 06, 2012 18:56 |  #22

pain meds - they have some really good ones available.




  
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Apr 06, 2012 19:02 |  #23

julius071 wrote in post #14210713 (external link)
Try Blackrapid RS-& Curve. Look it up on google, you'll find lots of reviews on it.

Ditto on the Blackrapid RS-7. I don't know how I lived without it!




  
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Apr 06, 2012 19:06 |  #24

I would highly recommend a monopod, with the exception of ice hockey where I was leaning over the rail of the penalty box, I always shoot sports off a monopod. It will save the weight on your shoulder while your shooting and just throw the whole thing over your shoulder when you have to move. Hey they put those tripod collars on them for a reason.


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Apr 06, 2012 22:24 |  #25

I recommend seeing an orthopedist, (a good one) preferably one who specializes in shoulders. Training on an injury, especially if you don't know what it is, will only make it worse. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MAKE IT WORSE. If you have a tear or another sort of injury to your rotator cuff, find it while it's small. This way you have the best chance of fixing it WITHOUT surgery, and if surgery is needed, rehab will be quicker and easier.

Seriously, you only get one body, and joints don't heal like bones. Before any other suggestions, go see a specialist.


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Apr 07, 2012 00:35 |  #26

DannyLongIsland wrote in post #14223371 (external link)
If you have a tear or another sort of injury to your rotator cuff, find it while it's small. This way you have the best chance of fixing it WITHOUT surgery, and if surgery is needed, rehab will be quicker and easier.

And believe me you don't want the surgery if you can possibly avoid it. I had that on my right shoulder and the rehab took months of significant pain let alone the incomvenience of being one armed for quite a while.


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