A video recorded of a photographer shows him using the stock of a gun while taking pictures of birds. Using tape to mount the camera, it helps him stay agile when using heavy equipment.
The clip, shot in Asia, shows his camera mounted to a rifle-like stock. The footage was posted by a user named OctopussSevenTwo on media-sharing site Imgur.
It’s likely a foreign sight to most, although the practice is not new. Many photographers use it as a means to stabilize the larger and heavier camera setups, and it’s still popular amongst nature photographers attempting to snap wildlife from a distance using weighty zoom lenses.
Taping the lens to the stock, the photographer takes aim and shoots with relative ease. Talking to the bird he’s shooting, the photographer is quoted as lightheartedly saying: “Say hello to my little friend.”
Interestingly, some manual film cameras such as the Zenit Fotosnaiper actually came outfitted with a stock such as this one. Even Leica once made camera rifle prototypes that looked remarkably like firearms, fetching thousands at auction.
Of course, such a setup is likely to raise eyebrows with the general public, and usage is not recommended in public spaces. Have you ever had experience using a stock alongside your camera? How did it compare?