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Loup Garou
21st June 2012, 10:13 AM
Apart from my Benbo Trekker tripod and Cullmann 741 monopod, another useful little gizmo that I found while rummaging through my old kit was the Kaiser Shoulder Pod, practically brand new. Very well constructed, it is useful to support the camera while using with long zoom lenses. Anyone else use it?

StephenL
21st June 2012, 10:45 AM
I remember Zenith used to market a Photo Sniper kit, which included a Zenith camera (can't remember which model), a long lens, and a shoulder pod. Was set up to resemble a sniper's shooting set-up. Don't think it would be a good idea to go through Heathrow with one of these today!

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://tomtiger.home.xs4all.nl/zenit/page_06.jpg&imgrefurl=http://tomtiger.home.xs4all.nl/zenit/page_06.jpg.html&h=585&w=800&sz=66&tbnid=I4lE0nJ6uzmvGM:&tbnh=91&tbnw=124&zoom=1&usg=__cKRevZg_Pzx27o4GR99gQqdYc0k=&docid=FMj5nxr3BXDz0M&sa=X&ei=JPviT4rUFIat8gPB8PjUDg&ved=0CGkQ9QEwAg&dur=2964

Loup Garou
21st June 2012, 11:30 AM
I know the one you mean :). No, this is considerably more compact and fits in your jacket pocket. But mind you, it might be mistaken for part of a sniper's rifle and rest of your kit searched.

http://www.photowarehouse.co.nz/kaiser-96008-shoulder-pod/

Mine does not have a belt - not needed.

Bikie John
21st June 2012, 04:40 PM
I use one and find it very useful indeed with medium-sized lenses. It's great with the 50-200 (even with the EC-14) and 150mm f/2, useable with the 35-100 and not really up to the job with the 90-250. People on here occasionally ask about it, it seems that the Kaiser is the only one available these days and Fotospeed import them into the UK.

Ciao ... John

Loup Garou
21st June 2012, 05:58 PM
I aim to use it with the 40-150mm and the 100-300mm lenses. OK, perhaps it will be harder with the longer lens but I am hoping that it will help in combination with the image stabiliser. In any case, the Cullmann monopod is very light and easy to carry around. I propse to take both pods and zooms when we go to Borneo this September. :)

Bikie John
21st June 2012, 06:16 PM
It was size+weight that I found limiting for the 90-250, not focal length. I don't think either of the lenses you mention are very big or heavy so it should work fine. Although all the lenses I've used it with have tripod collars, while I think these don't.

Only one thing for it - try it and see!

Good luck ... John