Photographer Mounts Camera to Gun Stock to Shoot Birds

Photographer Mounts Camera to Gun Stock to Shoot Birds

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?

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michaeljin's picture

People get accidentally shot for all manner of things that look far less like a gun. Besides, you're thinking of it from the perspective of a photographer—not the average person who has no idea what these things are. I've had encounters while using my Pentax Digital Spotmeter with people who thought it might be a weapon of some sort...

david carnes's picture

If you used a Sekonic L series and wore a star trek shirt that would never happen. Or at least, the only encounters you would have would be people trying to give you an atomic wedgie.

michaeljin's picture

LOL! It's a messed up world we live in...

Don Risi's picture

Similarities are meaningless -- from a distance, it looks like a rifle. There are too many paranoid people out there.

Victor Gonzales's picture

lol ask the photographer that was recently shot because the cop thought his camera was a gun

Darren Loveland's picture

Well done, Old Sport.

Jacques Cornell's picture

Don't try this at home, folks.

My father in law was doing this 20 years ago, with a Pentax and remote shutter button to shoot elk, and deer.

Brian Pernicone's picture

My dad had a setup like this (one that didn't involve tape) for his old Nikon film camera back in the 1970s. I think it was manufactured by Nikon as well, though I'm not positive. But it's been a long time since I've seen one. I'm curious whether it would provide more stability than proper handholding technique.

Mark Guinn's picture

Ha! I've never seen this before... I have some old parts laying around, my have to try this.

David Love's picture

Follow up story, photographer shot while using gun shaped camera rig to shoot birds.

imagecolorado's picture

I'm wondering how back button focus works on this setup? You'd need a 10 long inch thumb.

My dad built his own gun stock for his camera back in the 80's

user-206807's picture

Nothing really new, Novoflex did it 30 or 40 years ago…
http://www.photoinfos.com/Fototechnik/Objektive/Noflexar-Schnellschuss-S...

Dirk Valcke's picture

60 year old idea. Still, nice to reuse what is a good idea. Would have needed quite some work to function with a modern camera.

Don Risi's picture

These things are as old as telephoto lenses. Saw my first one in the 1960's. But there is no way I'd use one -- doing so could get you shot by someone with a gun.