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04-13-2016, 10:48 AM   #1
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Hand holding the 645 portrait

I've been doing the single in april challenge with an original 645 and a 200mm lens. This is a pretty hearty combo. I can hand hold it reasonably well in landscape orientation, but portrait gets a bit wiggly. I'm right handed, my first instinct is to have my elbow way out to hold the grip well. This doesn't seem ideal, I was wondering if you folks had any suggestions for hand holding the 645. I think this is a lot easier with lighter primes. The 75mm is looking really good. (A travel tripod would be the best solution here... but I don't have the capital for one at the moment.)

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Try it with your right hand under and your right elbow wedged against your hip bone or side. Support your lens on the left palm. I do that with larger dSLR's and long lenses.
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I go both ways....usually like you, with right wing in the air, until I get too fatigued, and then switch down with my upper arm braced against my torso. The only down side to this method are flip-flopped contact sheets, so I try not to switch arm positions until I switch rolls.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Try it with your right hand under and your right elbow wedged against your hip bone or side. Support your lens on the left palm. I do that with larger dSLR's and long lenses.
I tried something like that today, I'll give it another shot. Unfortunately, I'm afflicted with a minor but permanent palsy in my left hand/arm that's only accentuated during concentrating tasks like this, so a number of two handed shooting techniques are less accessible to me. On the other hand (ha), I have a very strong and steady right arm and am a big guy so I can handle larger gear, but it is tiring with this camera.

I tried shooting with the camera revered, triggering the shutter with my thumb. I think it could work out well if I had more practice at it.

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With a physically longer lens cradling it in the crook of your left arm can help steady the camera in both portrait and landscape modes. Takes a little getting used to

Photographer Ron Reznick, although shown with FF DSLR I see no reason that it cannot work with the 645
http://www.trapagon.com/temp/PortraitHold.jpg
http://www.trapagon.com/temp/LandscapeHold.jpg

EDIT: only just seen your last post where you mention your left arm problems so no idea if this post of any help - just hope it may be
04-13-2016, 01:09 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by TonyW Quote
With a physically longer lens cradling it in the crook of your left arm can help steady the camera in both portrait and landscape modes. Takes a little getting used to

Photographer Ron Reznick, although shown with FF DSLR I see no reason that it cannot work with the 645
http://www.trapagon.com/temp/PortraitHold.jpg
http://www.trapagon.com/temp/LandscapeHold.jpg

EDIT: only just seen your last post where you mention your left arm problems so no idea if this post of any help - just hope it may be
I'll definitely give it a shot, that looks like a useful pose, thanks!
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I sympathize with you holding the 645z in portrait mode can be a bear. My solution was to use the handle from my LED panel and use it like a pistol grip. Holding the grip in my left hand and controlling the shutter with my right. Worked quite well and took 30+ business portraits last Friday using the 120mm Macro. What would be nice would be a pistol grip with a built in release so I could hold the grip in my right hand and steady the camera with the left.


Would be even better would be a faster sync speed
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