Many photographers keep their cameras on a tripod while walking around looking for great subjects to capture. I do it too and my shoulders are often in a lot of pain afterwards. There is a simple solution that Op/tech designed called Op/tech 1.25″ Tripod Leg Wraps. These are neoprene pads with adhesive backing to stick to tripod legs. At over $20 for a set of 3 pads it can save you some pain. Recently I went on a search for some padding to save me the $20.
My first stop was Michael’s where I found 9×12 black sheets of foam with adhesive backing. The sheets were thin but when wrapped around itself would add some nice padding for my shoulders. These sheets were $0.66 each. At under $3 for three it is worth a shot!
When I got home I peeled the backing and wrapped the foam around 2 legs. A few minutes later they started to peel off of themselves. The adhesive is definitely strong enough to stick to a tripod leg but not to itself. My solution was a little bit of a black gaffers tape! Bingo! Now my tripod legs are padded and for under $3. They are holding strong and more comfortable then a bare tripod leg. I’m sure neoprene would be better but if you are not one to spend that kind of money and/or like doing things yourself then give the foam padding a try.
Good luck and thanks for reading!