I should rephrase that NHL. I should have included "and get decent results for the normal
Personally, I tend to use a tripod or monopod in most cases, but occassionally will find a need to just take the picture quickly. I hear a lot of people bragging about how they can handhold their lens and get shots at slower shutter speeds but their pictures don't hold up to close scrutiny. There must be a reason that successful nature photographers always shoot from a pod
I was just curious as to how heavy that beast was.