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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I will be shooting a lot of HS football this season, and know that the shots look better when taken from a kneeling position. However, I am pushing 72 years old and, due to bad knees, I have difficulty in getting back up from a kneeling position. Other than standing the entire game, what do some of you in a similar situation do?


Aug 30, 2017 at 08:10 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


While I'm a few years behind you, this is what I've been using for a number of years on the soccer field. Of course I have to deal with handling the 400mm f/2.8 rig and second body a bit differently. Walkstool Comfort 45

Matt



Aug 30, 2017 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I don't go down on my knees anymore. I have a stool that I preposition at one end of the field (far enough away as not to get run over)... Sometimes I shoot with a 600mm that there isn't a big angle difference anyway. For night football, I use a flash on the bottom of my monopod, so I can't get low anyway.


Aug 30, 2017 at 09:28 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I use the "Walkstool" as well. Works great and puts you at the right height.


Aug 31, 2017 at 05:47 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I stand during the whole game. Gives me more flexibility in moving around especially when the coaches or players get in front of you unintentionally. Why make it hard on yourself. Players and parents that buy the pics don't really care whether you're shooting from a low angle or standing up.


Aug 31, 2017 at 05:54 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


Plus one for the walk stool.
I am right there with you on years years and the stool is a lifesaver. Have used it for several years.
Richard



Sep 02, 2017 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I went to Home Depot and got a pair of carpenter knee pads. I always carry them.


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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I went to Home Depot and got a pair of carpenter knee pads. They really help.


Sep 03, 2017 at 12:24 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I use a duck hunting tripod with a seat that rotates. Much easier to follow action as it moves laterally.


Sep 04, 2017 at 02:05 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


To me, if you're in a venue that supports good backgrounds like a good stadium, the low angle is always the way to go. But, if you're at a high school type venue.. porta-pottys and parked cars wreck the shots. So shooting down (slightly) isn't coloring outside the line too bad.

I have bad everything. Can't sit on the hardwood anymore, can't kneel at the Ford Field, hell.. I can't barely make it from my car to the lower levels of an arena. I feel your pain.. literally.

But those shots cleaned up with a higher angle shouldn't be discounted. You can have THE PLAY of the game, only to have it pooched by parked cars and people walking.



Sep 09, 2017 at 05:34 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


Another vote for the Walkstool! For me, the shortest size is about equal to kneeling.
http://www.walkstool.com/presentation



Nov 10, 2017 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


I also saw a photog using knee savers...those pads that go behind your knees that catchers wear, he was happy with them (in conjunction with the knee pads).



Nov 16, 2017 at 09:33 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Question about guys like me with bad knees.


Hi... I have two knee replacements and "other" issues... I have had good luck with the Walkstool and a monopod... you might also consider a Rollator and a monopod... this gives you a chair and a platform to carry your gear.....just saying .. I have been able to get around with my 600mm f4 and my 800mm f5.6 as well as my monopod and other "stuff"
Cheers and good luck!



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