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BushHawk® Shoulder Stock

Topside, I use a 12 mega pixel Nikon D2X DSLR camera. My favorite topside lens is the Nikon 70-200 mm zoom lens with a Nikon 1.7 x teleconverter for extra reach.  What really makes this rig ideal for wild life is the quality and range of the lens (120mm - 340mm with teleconverter) and the fact that as a vibration reduction lens I am able to hand hold all of my shots.

For additional shooting stability, I use a BushHawk® camera shoulder stock/brace with the new front grip option as shown in the following picture. And when I'm not shooting, I carry it slung over my shoulder like a rifle.

To shoot in portrait orientation, I loosen the lens clamp and rotate the camera and lens counter clockwise 90 degrees.

I paid about $240 complete for the shoulder brace including the electronic switch and cable and the optional front grip.

The only problem I had with the product as shipped was that there was no way to clamp the lens tight enough to keep the lens from swiveling on the rig. I solved the problem with a piece of surgical tubing which you can see in the picture.

As for disadvantages, compared to hand holding the camera or using a monopod or a tripod, the only one that comes to mind is that I cannot make quick camera setting changes since my hands are not on the camera. For example, to change shutter speed when shooting manual, I have to remove my right hand from the trigger and move it to the camera. But since the camera is still held to my shoulder with my left hand on the grip, I can make the change and shoot while holding the camera with my right hand. Other setting changes like switching the camera from AF-C to Manual focus are also more difficult to make on the fly.

That said, do I like the BushHawk®? Yes to the point that I always use it now with my70-200 mm lens because it's much more stable than hand holding and more convenient to use than a monopod or a tripod. And it is really a treat to use at locations that have walk ways with railings like Wakodahatchee Wetlands where I can rest the front grip on the railing.

  

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