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(BIF) BullsEye™: The Camera Shoulder Stock, Evolved
The (BIF) BullsEye Story Jason P. Odell, Ph.D.
After I led a birding photo safari in 2015, one of my clients approached me with a product idea: Modernizing the classic camera shoulder stock for modern digital photography. The existing products he'd tried were just not up to the the task of supporting large autofocus lenses like a 300mm f/2.8. After 18 months of prototyping, testing and refining our design, we are proud to introduce the (BIF) BullsEye. The (BIF) BullsEye is the only shoulder stock designed to support modern telephoto lenses with an Arca-Swiss compatible clamp.
With the (BIF) BullsEye, tracking moving subjects hand-held is smooth and comfortable. You can use it as a stand-alone support, or with a monopod to reduce fatigue. The (BIF) BullsEye is the perfect accessory for outdoor photographers who don't want to carry a tripod in the field at places like nature preserves and sporting events.
We've spent over 18 months optimizing the (BIF) BullsEye's design for comfort and ease of use in the field. Our unique design is fully adjustable to allow photographers to tailor the fit to their body size and dominant eye. The unique pivoting stock allows you to shoot overhead subjects with ease.
Using a Monopod with the (BIF) Bullseye
When you remove the adjustable handle, you can mount your BullsEye on a monopod using an Arca-Swiss compatible clamp. Suddenly, using a monopod for support becomes easy, as you don't need to support the camera with your face! The (BIF) BullsEye transforms the way you use a monopod for outdoor action photography because it instantly stabilizes your entire camera system with your shoulder. If you have a tilt head on your monopod, you can easily adjust the monopod angle for maximum stability.
Major Design Features
Machined in the USA from aircraft-grade 6061 billet aluminum
Arca-Swiss compatible clamp and rail allows you to slide the camera forward or backwards on the rail
Adjustable stock angle
Pivoting stock for overhead shooting
Adjustable handle position, or remove it entirely
Mounts to Arca-Swiss compatible monopod/tripod heads
Reversible for right or left shoulder shooting
Patented in the USA: #US 9,746,751 B1
We have completed our prototyping and have field tested the (BIF) BullsEye. We are extremely confident that our product will stand up to rigorous field use. We now seek your help in finishing our project. By backing this product, we will be able to initiate our first production run and bring the (BIF) BullsEye to the public.
Risks and challenges
As with any photographic accessory, our biggest risk is design infringement. To that end, we are pleased to announce that we have secured a US Patent for the design of the (BIF) BullsEye: US Patent Number US 9,746,751 B1
The aluminum components have been extensively field tested for comfort and build quality. We have used lenses as large as 500mm f/4, but the design can handle larger glass. If you are willing to hold it, the (BIF) BullsEye can support it.
Our design also includes safety stops on the main rail to prevent the mounting clamp from detaching from the product while adjusting its position. Our primary clamp is designed to securely attach your camera to the BullsEye rail. We rejected components machined in China to ensure quality and strength when securing your camera to our product.
We've also included some design features to accommodate future accessories, including a bipod mount for ground-level shooting and attachment points for a carrying strap.