Shoulder Saver Tripod Pad - Camo
A while back, I was handed a triangular pad designed to ease the pain and strain of carrying a large lens on your shoulder. It laid in the back of my car for a few months until I finally got curious. I attached the Tripod Pad to my Gitzo Carbon Fiber via the Velcro straps. It took me a while to position the pad perfectly, and it took a bit of getting used to, but now I am totally comfortable with the pad. When you are wearing a great vest with good shoulder pads--like my X-tra Hand Magnum vest-- (http://www.birdsasart.com/bn61.htm or http://www.vestedinterest.com/about.htm)--the Tripod Pad is a nice plus adding extra padding to protect your shoulder. I came up with a way to position the tripod on my shoulder so that the Tripod Pad rests on my shoulder while the legs of the tripod do not. The Tripod Pad acts sort of like a cradle.
There are many times, however, that I love to set my vest down on a beach or a boardwalk and take a stroll with just my big lens and a teleconverter or two. Before the Tripod Pad, such short journeys were agonizingly painful as the legs of the tripod would dig into my shoulder with each step. With the Tripod Pad, things are different now: I plop the tripod on my shoulder and hardly notice the rig at all as I search for subjects.
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