I just started using a Manfrotto 681B with my Sigma 70-200 non OS lens. I got the monopod to help use my lens without camera shake while photographing my son's soccer game. I'm practicing around the house and hope to use the combo for Saturdays game. My questions is about monopod technique? How do I use it and get sharp pictures? Looking through the viewfinder of my D2H I see alot of movement.
A homework assignment . That is our monopod Faq, pinned to the top of the forum in our FAQ thread.
There will be no pop quiz but all questions will be answered to the best of our ability!
Expect a one to two stop gain in shutter speed verses hand held, as well as less tired arms, shoulders and etc. when closely following the action for long periods of time. It may take some practice, and you may pick up another stop or so as long as you accept some inconsistency. That would put you down around 1/25 - 1/40s at 200mm depending on your relative hand held skills.
Even at its best and your best it is not a tripod but is likely the best support you can use out around the field. And given the subject motion issues you won't generally be shooting crazy low speeds anyway. You will need speeds well above what you likely get inside your house, ideally 1/500 or better, and surely at least 1/250s.
It is very effective in conjunction with VR but that will not help you now.
Try the various ideas in the FAQ and see what works best for you.
I'll second what Neil said. When shooting sports, if you're using a shutter speed fast enough to stop the action, camera shake won't be a problem. If you are shooting outdoors during the day, 1/500 should be no problem, and you wouldn't want to use OS on your lens anyway at high shutter speeds. A bigger issue for soccer is that you might want to be able to go longer than 200mm when the action isn't close to you.
Wed 01-May-13 02:36 AM | edited Wed 01-May-13 02:39 AM by Lunastar
If it's a day game get the shutter speed up there even if it means using high ISO. Looks like you have that covered with your D700-D800. Practice smooth pans with the monopod to track players. Also, practice extending and lowering the pod to effectively capture high and low perspectives. The handling will soon become second nature. I call my monopods poor man's VR. The image below was shot with a D300, 300/2.8 AF-S II @ f2.8 and 1/160 SS-no VR.