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    When Derek (68) came down the other week I was particulary impressed when he donned this shoulder pad which would be ideal for me I currently use a beach towel folded over about four times and as this keeps slipping off my shoulder I feel it is a pain It is ideal for carrying heavy gear mounted on a tripod.
    Thanks for the link Derek thought I would share for any members who have the same problems as I do Mike

    http://www.oxmentoolco.com/SHOULDER_PAD_OPTIONS.php

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    Thanks for the link Mike, it sure is a pain and there is simply no good way to carry a setup like ours. I'd be tempted to try making a home made one.

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    thought you would appreciate it Paul @ $29 U.S money + postage I'm thinking could be hard pressed to make one cheaper

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    Try a gridiron sholder pad maybe?

    Actually I just googled that and they are more like armor than padding
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    I either suck it up, or fold my sweater a couple of times. I have commissioned my (much) better half to make me one before she heads back to full time study next year. Not sure of one like a bean bag kind of pad would be good, as that would also double up as something like the BLUBB (Big Lens Ultimate Bean Bag) sold by Birds as Art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ákos Lumnitzer View Post
    I either suck it up, or fold my sweater a couple of times.
    You've only had your big lens for a week!!
    I'm looking at the tripod pads at the moment. My back isn't getting better and i need something to help with the big rig. I did make a home made shoulder pad out of foam similar to a footy shoulder pad but i wouldn't wear it in public
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    Mate it's NOT that heavy. A bit awkward carrying it wearing just a T-shirt though. Bits dig into my bones etc.

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    Shoulder pads sshhmoulder pads!!! You guys call yourselves nature photographers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ákos Lumnitzer View Post
    Mate it's NOT that heavy. A bit awkward carrying it wearing just a T-shirt though. Bits dig into my bones etc.
    Exactley my point, when hiking 4k the big mother lens foot and tripod plate gives my shoulder some sh@t digs into my blade
    If only shooting from your car or setting up 20 feet away I don't think it would be necessary Mike.

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    You could always just use the lens-coat neoprene covers for the tripod... makes a world of difference when carrying the big guns over the shoulder!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamJL View Post
    You could always just use the lens-coat neoprene covers for the tripod... makes a world of difference when carrying the big guns over the shoulder!!
    Good idea Adam, I have a set of these and they may be a good bet for a 500 but I find with my heavy 600 I need to balance it where the centre of gravity is, which is where the head attaches to the tripod.
    The main problem is the lens foot and tripod plate
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    BINGO Mike, I have the same trouble. Only thing that is going to help that is some sort of shoulder padding I think. When I'm on the move I normally carry the lens and tripod in different hands (swapping regularly between the two as the lens is heaviest of course) instead of the full setup on my shoulder.

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    Yes been thinking about this procedure Paul, not tried it as yet though. I guess if something shows up out of the blue before your desired designation you could allways drop the tripod and go for a handheld shot
    or perhaps park it and rest it on the knee

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    It works well for me as I have the handheld technique pretty sorted most of the time so I don't get caught out too much....heck, half the time I don't even use the bloody tripod.

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