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Author Topic : Contraptions for the walking wounded 
Crippen

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Hi all,

I took a bit of a tumble last weekend on some wet concrete steps and managed to break my shoulder joint in three places. I go into hospital on Monday for a big operation, which will either involve screws holding arm in place or a new prosthetic joint. Either way, I've lost the use or my drinking arm for at least a couple of months.

Does anybody know of any gear that would help me hold and use a camera with only my weaker left hand. I suspect a tripod and a cable release might be my best option, but even setting up a tripod, attaching and adjusting camera settings one handed, could prove tricky.

I'm not looking for sympathy, but gadgets, harnesses, straps, contraptions that may help. So at least when I get out of hospital I'll still be able to do the odd shoot.

Thanks all
Dave


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clivefigesarps

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City: Paignton
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Hi

A friend of mine has Parkinson's disease and he uses a neck harness that he can attach his camera and it keeps still.
Try googling if you dont have any luck I will see if he remembers where he got it but he is very frail now

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PhotoGraham

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Don't no if a Neck Tripod would be an good

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=106294&r=AW


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JGH

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City: Stoneleigh, nr Epsom
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The Disabled Photographers' Society has some FAQs which attempt to address this. If none of their suggestions helps then Q12 invites you to contact them for ideas about modifying equipment.

See http://www.disabledphotographers.co.uk/faqs.html

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Crippen

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Hi all,

Just a quickie to say thanks for the suggestions. I've just got out of hospital with a new prosthetic shoulder - and a body full of pain killers and antibiotics.

It'll be some months before I can lift anything with my new bionic arm, so until then I'll be trying out and using whatever gadgets I can get my hands on.

Thanks again for your suggestions. It's appreciated.

Dave



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misterdigital

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City: Blackpool
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quoting post from Crippen:

Hi all,

Just a quickie to say thanks for the suggestions. I've just got out of hospital with a new prosthetic shoulder - and a body full of pain killers and antibiotics.

It'll be some months before I can lift anything with my new bionic arm, so until then I'll be trying out and using whatever gadgets I can get my hands on.

Thanks again for your suggestions. It's appreciated.

Dave



... all the best for a speedy recovery!

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Crippen

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Cheers Chris. That's kind of you.

I'm already looking for a model I can experiment, left-handed, on.

Dave

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ThePerfectGentleman

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City: Chelmsford
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This may sound way out but have you thought of shooting from a wheelchair with your camera mounted on it?
A swivel tripod head and i-red lens trigger could get you working again.


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ThePerfectGentleman

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Just thought as I pressed the send button.
A monopod cabletied to a borrowed w/chair could do the job for you.

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pvfb

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City: Hampton
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A radio trigger in your right hand would leave the left hand free to concentrate on supporting the camera, I've used this technique a couple of times when I've had to keep hold of my walking stick.

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MrsC

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An assistant...

Hope you get sorted soon and the operation doesnt hurt too much.

Big hugs, Annmarie xxx

" away with the fairies"

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 photodorset

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You're worried about taking pictures!!! It's your drinking arm for f**k sake!!! Prioritise!!


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