Tripods, monopods, ballheads, handheld

So should we really believe Scott Kelby? The discussion about the need for tripods goes on. There are pros and cons, and I can only give my opinion, which is that it depends on your aims and shooting profile.

As you can see, for the time being I have attached my markins q3 emille to the Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Monopod. I also have a manfrotto tripod, but it’s a bit clumsy to carry that arond, set it up and put it all back again. For me, tripod work is only when I shoot some specific things, in specific situations. The monopod is however  very handy and can be carried around.

The thing is, I walk around and shoot whatever I think could make an interesting picture. Sometimes I may be walking for a couple of hours and take hundreds of pictures. A tripod doesn’t blend in very well with that style. I guess that what I do is not exactly professional, but then, I’m not. With this method I do manage to take some shots I like and that’s all that counts.

I find that the Canon EF 70-200L IS f/4 often works very well hand-held. It has excellent image stabilaztion and on the EOS 7D it’s very balanced. At 200 you would normally want a shutter speed of 1/320 (crop-magnification factor), but count that 1/100 is usually fine. With the f/4 you don’t need superbright light in most circumstances.

The Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM is another story. It’s heavy for me, and I really need some support. The monopod, or a tree, or a lamp post. With the weight and the stabilizer I guess the problem isn’t really camera shake if you have enough light. Generally 1/250 should be fine (500×1.6/4). During daytime, with ISO 200, that’s not at all impossible. My problem is to really aim well with such a long tele, the weight doesn’t allow me to calmly compose my picture if I don’t get some help.

For additional discussions you might also like:

The Canon Bag 200EG

Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (Black with Green Accent). At it’s about 40$, I bought it in Holland from for quite a lote more – but than shipping from the US+VAT comes to the same amount.There are sidepockets, straps at the bottom for your tri/monopod, straps at the side to fasten some things

sticking out of the sidepockets, a flexible cord to put your coat, a very large front pocket that will hold all your small stuff and more, a second division that can easily hold a flash or some bars and sandwiches and a main part that will surprise you. Moreover it has comfortable padding towards your back and straps around your waist and breast. It won’t start bouncing if you need to move fast.


So what will it hold? Well, here I have my EOS 7D with the Sigma 150-500 mm, the EF 70-200 f/4, the 50mm macro, and the EF-S 15-85. All with their crazy hoods. And there is space left!

Some notes for a picture


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