Sit Up And Beg - With Cullmann
Couldn't resist that one, folks. It is Friday and I am sitting in the editorial office avoiding manual labour...
The Cullmann Cruiser is one of the items reminiscent of their early products. Cullmann always did have some sort of a shoulder stock for use in the 8mm film days. People would attach their Bolex or Bell and Howell cameras and then press back into their shoulders like a rifle shooter as they filmed.
The combination of the stock plus the muscular tension as the camera was pressed back against the forehead or circum-orbital bone meant that the resulting footage was very much steadier.
Same thing these days with DSLR's and video - indeed for any DSPR shooting in landscape orientation. You can gain a full shutter speed down with this.
The fun bit of the Cruiser is that the shoulder pad folds into the stock and then two auxiliary legs fold out to make a table-top tripod. One more clever Cullmann product.