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    Default Re: Finger pain due to holding DSLR setup. Solutions?

    Play more computer games that requires repetitive and extremely fast fingers responses.
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    Default Re: Finger pain due to holding DSLR setup. Solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome FAQ @ NaturalPoint.Com: SmartNav Hands-Free Ergonomic Mouse
    Letís use the example of a typist, who works at sixty words-per-minute, that typist depresses the keys 18,000 times in one hour. Each press of the finger requires about eight ounces of pressure effort. In just one day those fingers have pressed the equivalent of 54,000 pounds. That equates to twenty-seven tons being pushed by the fingers' muscles and tendons each day.
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    Default Re: Finger pain due to holding DSLR setup. Solutions?

    Then you shld stop shooting with DSLR....health is more important....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teegongkia View Post
    Then you shld stop shooting with DSLR....health is more important....
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    When i go out to shoot for long periods, i either use a strap, or bring a fanny bag.

    And since Lowepro just pushed out the OUTBACK series, haha super good bag leh i already bought 1, u can just clip around waist with sling for backup and when not using camera, just slot it into the bag. Also fast to remove. If you are paranoid that u might miss shots, then i also cannot help you liao haha.

    Just a side note on physiology, fingers dun have muscles, they are controlled by your forearms by tendons which stretch from fingers to forearm.. If you experience finger pain, it could be joint swelling instead. Maybe you should check with your doctor as well. I'm not a hand specialist so can't help you there.~


    OT- Outback is like toploader combine with inverse. good good good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Complex13717421 View Post
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    OT- Outback is like toploader combine with inverse. good good good!
    OT here too: You poisoned already by your Outback 200 yah?! No lah, not exactly the same as the Inverse. The latter has AW cover and has nice straps for your tripod at the bottom. Outback 200 doesn't have.
    But it's a very very VERY good bag, I agree with both arms raised high up in the air!

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    Quote Originally Posted by limwhow View Post
    OT here too: You poisoned already by your Outback 200 yah?! No lah, not exactly the same as the Inverse. The latter has AW cover and has nice straps for your tripod at the bottom. Outback 200 doesn't have.
    But it's a very very VERY good bag, I agree with both arms raised high up in the air!

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    yeah poisoned already la. Outback200 main pocket can fit 3 of my lens + flash!! then got 2 more attachment. Woah. haha. The 300 is a monster la !

    And take care of your Tennis Elbow also hor !haha

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    ...... avoid hernia of the fingers ...... world class photographers have been forced into teaching because of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    ...... avoid hernia of the fingers ...... world class photographers have been forced into teaching because of this.
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    Haha.. if I were a world class photographer I will insure my fingers for $10million, everyday use remote to snap pictures while I draw and enjoy my moderate strength aromatic tobacco on my beloved pipe... (OT OT OT again... sorry)

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    don't forget your 10 assistance helping you take photos =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennisc View Post
    used to own the d200 + 80-200 lens, etc. It was heavy... So i understand. Until i practiced

    this kung fu


    priceless

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    When shooting, the bulk of the weight should be supported by the left hand, at the bottom of the camera or lens. If you're holding at the grip, the whole cam is supported by your right 4 fingers instead of your left palm.

    Palm=bigger area and better for support vs 4 fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennisc View Post
    Used to own the D200 + 80-200 lens, etc. It was heavy... so I understand. Until I practiced

    THIS Kung Fu
    Hmm if i start doing this, maybe i will never be able to carry a DSLR with my finger anymore Haa

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    Hi thanks All again for all the advises!! Believe just need to strengthen my hand n arm muscles as mentioned by some of u guys!! But definitely im still not strong enough to practice the 1 finger push up yet. : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7times70s View Post
    Hi anyone experience finger pain holding D300 with Grip, lens n flash? I understanding is due to the weight of the setup. Anyway to over come this problem in the long run? anyway to strengthen my fingers? Cos currently if i shoot for more than an hr this pain will continue for weeks. Welcome any advises. It happen only to my right hand 2nd, 3rd n 4th finger. i believe cos i tend to use this 3 fingers to hold the cam wen i am or am not shooting moving around.

    Thanks
    you don't have to hold it like it's your lover hanging over a cliff and she's going to dive 8000 metres to certain death if you let go.

    the dslr grips of today are well-designed to be carried with two hands over long periods of time.

    i have finger pain, this usually happens when i do street only, and i walk around with the camera wrapped around my hand in one hand, and mainly thumb. otherwise, even with relatively heavy set ups (bar telephoto lens), you shouldn't be experiencing finger pain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    you don't have to hold it like it's your lover hanging over a cliff and she's going to dive 8000 metres to certain death if you let go.

    the dslr grips of today are well-designed to be carried with two hands over long periods of time.

    i have finger pain, this usually happens when i do street only, and i walk around with the camera wrapped around my hand in one hand, and mainly thumb. otherwise, even with relatively heavy set ups (bar telephoto lens), you shouldn't be experiencing finger pain!
    Ha i like this statement "you don't have to hold it like it's your lover hanging over a cliff and she's going to dive 8000 metres to certain death if you let go."

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    actually i have mastered the one finger zen technique from the video last week
    everytime i press the shutter, i destroy a camera
    it would be smashed instantly no matter how gentle i am with the shutter button

    its a shame
    i broke 67 dSLRs already
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    Quote Originally Posted by jekyll69 View Post
    actually i have mastered the one finger zen technique from the video last week
    everytime i press the shutter, i destroy a camera
    it would be smashed instantly no matter how gentle i am with the shutter button

    its a shame
    i broke 67 dSLRs already
    Wah tts cool, but i will better not let u touch me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7times70s View Post
    Hi anyone experience finger pain holding D300 with Grip, lens n flash? I understanding is due to the weight of the setup. Anyway to over come this problem in the long run? anyway to strengthen my fingers? Cos currently if i shoot for more than an hr this pain will continue for weeks. Welcome any advises. It happen only to my right hand 2nd, 3rd n 4th finger. i believe cos i tend to use this 3 fingers to hold the cam wen i am or am not shooting moving around.

    Thanks
    I used to have hand pain problem when I shoot extensively a few years ago, like two weddings every week, in between also have other small assignments.

    unless you shoot in this manner, than the pain in hands or fingers is inevitable.

    I guess you may be holding your camera just like Rambo using a heavy machine gun with only one hand. It looks awesome, but it hardly work in real life.

    try to use two hands to hold your camera, your left hand should support the weight of camera by letting the lens rest on your palm, when you are not lift up your camera, also use two hands to hold your camera, try to turn the camera in portrait orientation, so the weight of your camera is still on your left hand.

    use a neck strap, or try to put down the camera when it is not in use, so your hands have time to rest.

    my usual set up for event is D700+MB with 2.8 lens with flash connected to battery pack, so sometime I cradle my camera on my left elbow for short interval, longer brake I will just put down the camera, so even after a day shoot, my hands are not very tired.
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    Muscle stress pain on fingers and wrist takes much longer to recover than leg, reason being we move our fingers many more times than out legs generally.

    You should allow your fingers to rest and recover before the next take or lighten the camera entirely. But with exercise, the palm, arms will accustom to it. Do more chin-ups.

    But never to over work the bones & joints as any wear and tear is irreversible as one ages.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7times70s View Post
    Hi anyone experience finger pain holding D300 with Grip, lens n flash? I understanding is due to the weight of the setup. Anyway to over come this problem in the long run? anyway to strengthen my fingers? Cos currently if i shoot for more than an hr this pain will continue for weeks. Welcome any advises. It happen only to my right hand 2nd, 3rd n 4th finger. i believe cos i tend to use this 3 fingers to hold the cam wen i am or am not shooting moving around.

    Thanks

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