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Old Apr 8, 2011, 10:36 PM   #1
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A question for the motorsports shooters: can a monopod be used for panning while shooting races? If so what are the advantages/disadvantages to hand holding?
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Old Apr 9, 2011, 12:40 AM   #2
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I use a monopod ALWAYS on my motorsports shots. It's so much easier to hold that big lens with something under it. It keeps it steady and it also acts as a walking stick when not attached to the camera.
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Major advantage (at any sporting event) is that I'm not really wanting to hold a 70-200mm f2.8 or 300mm f2.8 without some support..... I might be 6'6" tall but that still kills after a while

It also helps to keep things steady, a big help when panning and using slow shutter. Another thing it keeps the pan smoother so you have a nice point of rotation so will likely get more good shots - that is, once you've got used to using it.

Don't bother with a moving head, that's just going to add ability to move in ways you don't want to again
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Old Apr 9, 2011, 10:52 AM   #4
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Never tried a monopod for my sports shooting, i have one butit never sees the light of day. Must try it ???
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Never tried a monopod for my sports shooting, i have one butit never sees the light of day. Must try it ???
I think you should, it will probably make it easier on the wrist and allow you to shoot longer with ease.
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Thanks, all, for the advice. Any recomendations? I don't want to spend too much right now ($100 or less). Is that possible?
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Manfrotto makes one of the best for pretty reasonable. 679B
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What sort of weight are you putting on it? I have a very basic Velbon and it does a great job for less than $50 (could be a lot less, can't remember now).
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My heaviest camera/lens combination is the D5000 with af/s 70-300vr...so 4.5-5 pounds
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In that case as long as it locks well you won't have an issue. I actually use my Canon 1DmkIII with the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 and a telecon sometimes and that's with a cheap monopod and there are no problems - weight is just over 8lb for this body/lens combo.
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