I recently purchased the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX APO HSM and have found that my handholding technique could use, well, a little hand-holding. In general, I fit the 1/focal length rule...perhaps slightly shakier.
I use this lens primarily in good daylight and around sunset/sunrise to shoot my daughter and other toddlers in our area, mostly candid stuff. There are times where I find that I need shutter speeds just slower than what I'm capable of handholding (I can typically get good results around 1/250. I'm wondering if, under these circumstances, a monopod (with proper use, of course) would provide any more stability. I can't use a tripod in this circumstance, because I find myself running around and changing positions too frequently, so a monopod seems the only option outside of increasing ISO beyond a comfortable setting.
edited to correct a couple typos, I never seem to get it right the first time.
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