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Perfect strap setup for HEAVY gear: PeakDesign Slide + Specter Sling Pad

 
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Apr 23, 2019 13:32 |  #1

My favorite strap of all time is the Peak Designs Slide because of the quick adjust feature, as being able to quickly tighten/loosen the strap is an integral part of how I brace/stabilize the rig when shooting hand held, especially while in a standing position. The one huge drawback with using heavier gear with the PD Slide is that the padding on the strap isn't adequate, and it starts to dig into my shoulder after a day out in the field. I wrote to PD to inquire about them maybe making a thicker strap, but I guess because everyone shoots dainty mirrorless cameras, they don't see a need to make something with more beefy padding  :p So, aside from doing more shrugs in the gym, I've been on the lookout for a solution.

Enter the Specter Gear Universal Sling Pad (external link). It's made to give more padding to shotgun/rifle slings, but it works perfectly for this application. Super simple: velcro the wider, paddier pad over the PD Slide, and the shoulder gouging ceases. You retain QD ability and get more padding. Done and done. It's also fairly affordable at $30, and comes in multiple colors.


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Apr 24, 2019 07:56 |  #2

Why not use a gunstock for this long lens? Will make it easier to hand hold.

As for "heavy" - you aren't approaching ultra large format size and weight yet.


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Apr 24, 2019 10:33 as a reply to  @ Deardorff's post |  #3

Where would you find a gunstock setup for a DSLR+lens, I want to take a look at it. I've also had ideas about somehow fabbing a more ergonomic angled front grip that could be affixed to the tripod foot; even with the lightest of lenses, the sharp angle of your wrist while supporting the lens barrel is fatiguing. I have found that the right tripod foot can help somewhat though.

"heavy" is a relative term, of course :-)


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Apr 26, 2019 10:28 |  #4

The one that had been around for some time seems to be discontinued;
https://www.amazon.com​/dp/B0037JVIVG/?tag=mh​local-20 (external link)

But this new one is around;
https://www.amazon.com …-Camcorders/dp/B00JQJXK​A8 (external link)


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Apr 26, 2019 11:57 |  #5

Then, there's this one:

https://www.cottoncarr​ier.com …/steady-shot-with-harness (external link)

Not for my need, but others may find it useful.

As I'm getting older, my tolerance for carrying anything around my neck or shoulder has drastically diminished. I find that CC's vest, which allows all the weight of the gear in the center of my body, to be the most effective.



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