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Looking for a Monopod for shooting youth sports

Ferguson

Cape Coral, US
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"RE: Looking for a Monopod for shooting youth sports"

Ferguson Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the generous sharing of his high level expertise in the spirit of Nikonians Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004
Thu 09-Aug-12 02:13 AM | edited Thu 09-Aug-12 02:14 AM by Ferguson

The majority of people will disagree with me, but you should consider using a monopod without a ball head, especially if cost is an object -- get the more expensive carbon fiber (i.e. really light).

I'm using a 200-400, rarely shorter than 200, on a monopod. With a 200-400 I'm either shooting far-away sports (i.e. almost horizontal), or am shooting birds or aircraft. For the latter I'd never want a monopod anyway. It's very easy on a monopod to just shift slightly and aim up/down if your target is football -- I bet you never will go up more than 5 or 10 degrees. And right/left is easier to rotate about the monopod than move it on a ballhead anyway.

Most people use a head -- but you might give it a try.

Basketball -- well, I'd do by hand anyway. There if you are closer, well, maybe.

I have a Manfrotto 694CX. Wasn't expensive, very light, 4 sections so it collapses and I strap it to the side of my camera bag.


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