Long (and big!) lens support technique
I've just bought my first "really big" lens, the 200-400mm VR. In the past my biggest glass was the 70-200 VR with 1.4x and the Sigma 80-400 OS, and even though I own a CF tripod, monopod, and ballheads including the Arca Swiss B1, I usually end up hand-holding.
I do a lot of exotic nature photography, but I hardly ever have the opportunity to set up and wait for a shot because I'm nearly always with a group, and often in a vehicle. So my experience with the tripod and monopod is pretty limited and I've never really become comfortable with them.
I know that I will often be able to use a beanbag in a vehicle, but I really want to get comfortable with the monopod, particularly as the D2X/200-400 combination is a muscle-ache waiting to happen. I'm sure many of you have reached the point where using a monopod is second nature, so please share with me how you use it. Do you keep your camera attached, or snap on the QR when the moment arises? What kind of lock works for you (twist or lever)? How do you avoid maiming others around you? Pistol grip or not? What else can you teach me?
#1. "RE: Long (and big!) lens support technique" | In response to Reply # 0Valentino Registered since 04th Dec 2004Tue 31-Oct-06 04:09 PM
Pistol grip or not?
this might help http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/tutorials/monopods/index.html
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#2. "RE: Long (and big!) lens support technique" | In response to Reply # 1Larrus Registered since 16th Apr 2006Tue 31-Oct-06 04:35 PM
Try different things. By looking through the viewfinder of a SLR, you can see what is working well. I am a big believer in monopods. Also, I will lean against a car, wall, tree, squat, whatever it takes to get the end of the lens as stable as possible.
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#4. "RE: Long (and big!) lens support technique" | In response to Reply # 0
I use a Bogen heavy duty monopod quite a bit with a quick release plate with the 200-400. I would give you the model# but I do not have my monopod handy to see what I got I do use a tripod quite a lot so I am not anti-tripod but for the most part, I shoot with this lens in situations that a tripod just wouldn't appropriate.
I must admit that the quick release plate I use is only there because it is the same as what I use on my Bogen tripod. It is the 6 sided plate that has a lever release. Probably not the best solution, but I just haven't felt like going out and getting a different quick release system for my tripod and monopod.
I would advise against using a pistol grip on a monopod. I simply use the quick release base on a monopod. If you were to get a head you could adjust for your monopod, you probably would not spend the time doing any adjustments beaause it is just too plain cumbersome to do. Remember, you are left one handed to make any adjustments because the other hand is actually holding the monopod. Make sense? I just tilt the monopod if I need to.
>Do you keep your camera attached, or snap on the QR
>when the moment arises?
The camera is never attached to the monopod. The lens is attached with a quick release plate to the monopod.