Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/22

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Subject: [Leica] Re: aluminium pods and cold hands (was:Leica lenses & Group Professionals Responsibility?)
From: George Huczek <>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 18:47:34 -0600

At 08:58 AM 22/02/99 -0600, Eric wrote:
>I have seen many people use different colored tapes (not a joke this time, 
>guys) to wrap around metal tripod legs. Seems to work very well to protect 
>hands from sticking, much more comfortable. I'm about to do it to my silver 
>Tiltall. Just have to find the right tape.

Go to a good sporting good store and pick up either some bicycle handlebar
tape, some tennis racket tape, or something similar.  Lowrey makes a grip
and support tape which can be wrapped around the tripod leg and then
secured with a round strip of tape at each end.  It does fray after time
though, which is something that good tennis racket or bicycle handlebar
tape doesn't do.  Also, instead of using electrical tape, try Renfrew tape,
if you can find it.  It has the same semi-gloss appearance of electrical
tape, but it doesn't shrink with time in the heat the way electrical tape
   In a previous posting someone mentioned using pipe insulation.  I find
it to be too thick and foamy.  Bicycle or tennis racket tape works great,
and gives a good grip at 40 below or 40 above.

[o] -GH