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Shaky Right Hand - Sony RX10 IV Zoomed
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Jan 12, 2019 14:30:16   #
G Brown
 
Mark, my sony a230 had to have a wireless shutter trigger. it was about 2.5" X 1" X .25" it only had one function and worked at all shutter speeds. Perhaps the old tech, persists in newer Sony cameras. (it worked on or off the tripod) might be worth asking Sony Supplier. That way you could tape it almost anywhere on the camera body.

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Jan 12, 2019 14:35:52   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
Thanks. Taping to the body might be an enlightened idea. Never thought about that. Duct tape and WD 40 are universal fixes!!
Mark
G Brown wrote:
Mark, my sony a230 had to have a wireless shutter trigger. it was about 2.5" X 1" X .25" it only had one function and worked at all shutter speeds. Perhaps the old tech, persists in newer Sony cameras. (it worked on or off the tripod) might be worth asking Sony Supplier. That way you could tape it almost anywhere on the camera body.

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Jan 12, 2019 18:29:33   #
47greyfox (a regular here)
 
Mark, the strap in your original thread post kind of locks your right hand and the camera. Is it your hope to provide steadiness (?) with the left under the lens barrel? Is this mainly an issue with the RX10 lens extended?

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Jan 12, 2019 20:59:30   #
mwsilvers (a regular here)
 
markngolf wrote:
I still have not found a satisfactory solution to the slight Parkinson's in my right hand. It is worst when focusing and shutter release. I bought a wired cable release and that is quite helpful when the Sony is mounted on a tripod because I can use my left hand. I seem to manage at 200 - 300mm focal length, but beyond that, holding steady is impossible. I've not yet tried BBF, but I have my doubts about that scenario. The worst shake is with my index finger at shutter release. In the past, I found with my Canon DSLR's, wearing a hand strap helped. I have one for the Sony arriving tomorrow via Amazon. Here's the one I ordered: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HTWF9ZI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm not necessarily looking for suggestions, but I'm open to recommendations. I'm just sharing more of this issue with my friends at UHH. I'll report results after tomorrow. I don't up give easily.
Thanks for visiting,
Mark
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When you're out and about and intend to take really long shots, have you considered a light weight monopod? It's much lighter and easier to carry than even a light tripod, and may give you the added stabilization that you need for those longer focal ranges. My suggestion is to attach your camera directly to the monopod without a ball head to reduce the weight even more. You simply shift the angle of the monopod itself instead. While I don't have the problem you're having, I use my monopod and that way for longer focal lengths with my 7D Mark II. It may not be a solution that you'll favor, but it might be something to consider.

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Jan 12, 2019 21:51:01   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
It may help to steady my hand. a strap does seem to help with my 5D MIII.
Thanks for the feedback,
Mark
47greyfox wrote:
Mark, the strap in your original thread post kind of locks your right hand and the camera. Is it your hope to provide steadiness (?) with the left under the lens barrel? Is this mainly an issue with the RX10 lens extended?

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Jan 12, 2019 22:01:33   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
I've had a slik carbon fiber monopod for years. I do use it. It does not eliminate my shaky right hand/index finger when focusing and releasing the shutter. I jerk my finger which destabilizes the camera. It's a function of my slight Parkinson's. I have similar issues with fine mouse operations in PSCC when post processing. I tried an tablet, but the issue was exacerbated. I sent the tablet back to B & H. The issue is magnified when I zoom out with the Sony. I could use the 7d MII or 5D MIII, but I like the focal range of the Sony and the convenience of less gear.

The new hand strap arrives tomorrow. Hoping it may help. When I use my tripod, the remote shutter cable works just fine in my left hand.

Thanks for the feedback. I know you are trying to help!!
Mark

mwsilvers wrote:
When you're out and about and intend to take really long shots, have you considered a light weight monopod? It's much lighter and easier to carry than even a light tripod, and may give you the added stabilization that you need for those longer focal ranges. My suggestion is to attach your camera directly to the monopod without a ball head to reduce the weight even more. You simply shift the angle of the monopod itself instead. While I don't have the problem you're having, I use my monopod and that way for longer focal lengths with my 7D Mark II. It may not be a solution that you'll favor, but it might be something to consider.
When you're out and about and intend to take reall... (show quote)

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Jan 12, 2019 22:25:22   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
markngolf wrote:
I still have not found a satisfactory solution to the slight Parkinson's in my right hand. It is worst when focusing and shutter release. I bought a wired cable release and that is quite helpful when the Sony is mounted on a tripod because I can use my left hand. I seem to manage at 200 - 300mm focal length, but beyond that, holding steady is impossible. I've not yet tried BBF, but I have my doubts about that scenario. The worst shake is with my index finger at shutter release. In the past, I found with my Canon DSLR's, wearing a hand strap helped. I have one for the Sony arriving tomorrow via Amazon. Here's the one I ordered: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HTWF9ZI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm not necessarily looking for suggestions, but I'm open to recommendations. I'm just sharing more of this issue with my friends at UHH. I'll report results after tomorrow. I don't up give easily.
Thanks for visiting,
Mark
I still have not found a satisfactory solution to ... (show quote)


Mark, I am suggesting a facial stabilizer and my minipod. - https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-236741-1.html

The bottom part of the minipod presses against your body/mid-section and uses a Manfro QR. $75 plus shipping.

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Jan 12, 2019 22:49:49   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
Thanks. I appreciate the suggestion, but unfortunately that configuration does not help with my shaky finger/right hand which shakes with focusing and shutter release.
Mark
imagemeister wrote:
Mark, I am suggesting a facial stabilizer and my minipod. - https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-236741-1.html

The bottom part of the minipod presses against your body/mid-section and uses a Manfro QR. $75 plus shipping.

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Jan 12, 2019 23:15:49   #
Leitz
 
I have a sore big toe, so I just stand on one foot when hand-holding. Every problem has its solution.

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Jan 12, 2019 23:55:04   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
markngolf wrote:
Thanks. I appreciate the suggestion, but unfortunately that configuration does not help with my shaky finger/right hand which shakes with focusing and shutter release.
Mark


Just hold the camera up with your left hand and use a remote !....if you must ?

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Jan 13, 2019 00:42:54   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
Good luck with your toe. Thanks.
Mark
Leitz wrote:
I have a sore big toe, so I just stand on one foot when hand-holding. Every problem has its solution.

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Jan 13, 2019 06:35:31   #
PMW603
 
Would you be willing to try a different type of external shutter release system? Skydivers use a shutter release that they hold in their mouth that is Bluetooth connected to their helmet mounted Go-Pro cameras. My nephew is into wing suit formation flying and I happen to ask, “hey, how did they capture the still frame photos from above the skydiving team after they’ve all jumped?” They also Video the events.

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Jan 13, 2019 07:08:58   #
Basco
 
I have Essential Tremor (ET). My right hand/finger and my head shake. For years, I set the camera aside, but at 83, I really want to try it again. Thank you for bring up the subject.

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Jan 13, 2019 07:59:11   #
ronichas
 
I have gone shooting with a friend with a severely deformed right hand. He shoots on continuous so one or more image is sharp. Have you tried something like this?

I do think back button focus would help. You can focus with your thumb, then press shutter with your index finger. On continuous it would take several images hopefully one would be in focus.

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Jan 13, 2019 08:18:50   #
markinvictoria
 
markngolf wrote:
I still have not found a satisfactory solution to the slight Parkinson's in my right hand. It is worst when focusing and shutter release. I bought a wired cable release and that is quite helpful when the Sony is mounted on a tripod because I can use my left hand. I seem to manage at 200 - 300mm focal length, but beyond that, holding steady is impossible. I've not yet tried BBF, but I have my doubts about that scenario. The worst shake is with my index finger at shutter release. In the past, I found with my Canon DSLR's, wearing a hand strap helped. I have one for the Sony arriving tomorrow via Amazon. Here's the one I ordered: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HTWF9ZI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm not necessarily looking for suggestions, but I'm open to recommendations. I'm just sharing more of this issue with my friends at UHH. I'll report results after tomorrow. I don't up give easily.
Thanks for visiting,
Mark
I still have not found a satisfactory solution to ... (show quote)


Hi Mark...markinvictoria Texas here. I appreciated your post. I came down with polio when I was 5 (70 years ago) which settled in my right hand. My main after effects today are weakness between thumb and index finger...plus what I call my twitching trigger finger. 'Back button focus' has made my photography much easier...there's just no way I can half press the shutter button. I also get a lot of 'burst mode'...want it or not. Tripod and wired remote are my best solutions...but not always feasible. I think I will try your 'hand strap' idea...it might help my keeper rate.

Mark O

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