Every once in a while you get the chance to come across a product that is simple in design and just absolutely make sense to you. The Stedi-Stock was that item for me this last month. The Stedi-Stock bills itself as an Optical Device Stabilizer and simple enough it works.
The Stedi-Stock looks like the butt of your gun with a handle that easily attaches itself to your Camera Equipment, Camcorder, Spotting Scope or Range Finder and it allows you to hold these items as though you were aiming a gun with a completely steady hand. If you have ever tried to hold a small camcorder steady for a long period of time you can easily see how shaky the human hand is. The reason is because it does not have the support or muscle memory in order to remain still and smooth on wide panning shots with a video camera.
This item for $24.95 allows you to easily pan and zoom an area without the need to bring out your tri-pod. If you are tied to your tripod there is a new quick release adapter coming out this summer that will allow you to use the stedi-stock on your tripod or mono-pod and then quickly pick up your camera and hold it by hand as quick action happens. As well there is a hand clamp that will attach to a branch on a tree for filming while hunting or it can be used on the window of your vehicle as a window mount for long range glassing.
This item is made out of super tough high strength Nylon and at less that 6 ounces this tool is made to be with you out in the field. When you hunting in the backcountry weight is a concern and no one likes to lug around a heavy tripod. Stedi-Stock allows you to have the steady rest you need in order to use that spotting scope.
Go check out www.Stedi-Stock.com and order one of these. You will be amazed at how useful a tool it becomes a part of your arsenal of gear.