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A Tutorial For Contrary Photographer Types {and a giveaway for the same type...}

If you are like me, you carry your camera around your neck while walking or climbing...And it bounces around, and if you are like me again, it drives you crazy! I walk with my arm slung over my camera to keep it from bruising my ribs...
And so I made this little gadget to Stop the Swing!I made different lengths for different jackets.
You will need...
  • A bolt to fit into your tripod mount. I am not sure if it is standard but the 1/4" hex cap screw that I used fits all my cameras. I used stainless steel and it is 1/2" long.
  • A 1/4" stainless steel hex nut.
  • A ring terminal, the hole size is 1/4".
  • A strong 2" Alligator clip.
  • A hair elastic {a piece of string or ribbon if you want no stretch or something flashy and pretty!}.
You Need...
  • Scissors.
  • Pliers.
  • Screwdriver {if your alligator has a screw in it...}
  • Lighter.
  • A toothpick or pointed object helps with getting the elastic through the holes in the alligator clip.
And Also...

Do this...
this...
and this...

Burn the ends of the elastic and it will not fray as you work it through the holes...
Then this...

Tie a knot, pull until the knot is against the inside of the clip. The tail that is left sticking out can be poked into the tube to make it neat...This is where I used a tooth pick and pliers...
this...

Take the other {melted} elastic end and twist it into the insulated end of the ring terminal...Mine went in quite easily. Crimp and tug on the elastic to make sure it is VERY secure...Cameras are not worth the risk!
and these...
Then this...
And screw it into the Tripod mount...

Attach to your jacket, belt or button hole and check to see if the length needs to be adjusted. Adjustments need to be made from the alligator clip side...I'd love to see this made with a lockable retractable lanyard but I couldn't find one. The alligator clip works really well because it can be removed quickly for fast shooting! Be careful of the fabric you attach it to though because it can leave tooth marks...
Attach to Jacket, belt or button hole...Keeps camera from bouncing as you walk...Yay!
I have an extra one or two and the first people to say they'd like one, will get one, from me, in the post. Just let me know in the comments!

I hope this is something you can use...
It is also good if you happen to carry two cameras around your throat, it can hold one slightly off centre...

Any questions? Any negative feedback about this? Any improvements on this design? Share share!


CrowNology

9 comments:

kate i said...

Ooooh, I'd love one of these! You're just the handiest and most talented lady...you not only swing a hammer and use intimidating (to me)power tools...you invent cool gadgets too! Sweet.

Kelsey said...

What a great idea! I certainly wouldn't mind having one!

P.K said...

Very clever.

Line said...

what a cool project!

Andrea~CrowNology~ said...

Kate and Kelsey...Both of you will have one of mine...
Thank you Line and P.K.
xo

sunny smiles said...

Very clever! I wish I had a better camera (I use my phone, sad but true) so that I would need one. I will keep this in mind for the future though. Thanks for sharing.

MrsLittleJeans said...

Too cute, your clever solutions! I wish I had a camera like that, mine is small and I usually carry it in my pocket! xoxo

gallerydarrow said...

I love it, very clever!! I was complaining about that yesterday.

You are the mother of invention!!!

mice_aliling said...

Haha! Awesome idea!!!