Repurposing A Jump Rope As A Camera Pistol Grip

Jan 31, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Repurposing A Jump Rope As A Camera Pistol Grip

Jan 31, 2014

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Our favorite maker, Chad Bredahl (previously featured here and here), just released a quickie on how to build a camera Pistol Grip.

A pistol grip is not an expensive item per-se (the great handle from P&C, for example, is about $19), but I love the idea behind it and I think a similar mechanism can definitely be used for other builds as well. And besides, who can resist the chance to dissect a lil girl jump rope.

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If you ever tried to shoot video with a DSLR, you’ve probably noticed how quickly your wrist starts to heart. This happen because camera grips were not designed for video. A camera pistol grip changes your hand orientation while holding the camera to a more natural position do it does not get soar after a while. (Kinda similar to how you hold a pistol, hence the name).

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6 responses to “Repurposing A Jump Rope As A Camera Pistol Grip”

  1. cigr Avatar
    cigr

    This is one of those “almost there” ideas. Seems like a jump rope handle lacks the proper ergonomics. I don’t have a need for one of these, but if I were to build it, I’d use a pistol grip from an AR or AK rifle. It’d be much more comfortable and less likely to slip.

    1. flexible fotography Avatar
      flexible fotography

      You happen to have one lying around?

  2. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Okay,… who holds a camera like a lollipop?

  3. DaveH Avatar
    DaveH

    Google Fig Rig
    Easy to build out of PVC or EMT conduit if you know someone with a bender.

  4. sempei13 Avatar
    sempei13

    I’m sorry to be “that guy,” but when I read a great blog, I hate to see the wrong words. Don’t you mean “hurt” and “sore,” not “heart” and “soar”?

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      heya Sempei,
      thanks for the heads up. indeed it makes much more sense now.