Optical Stabilisation vs Monopod

3 months 4 days ago #694120 by David Norris
I'm a sports shooter and I've been looking at the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8

They're $4000+ in Australia, but I see second hand lenses pop up all the time for under $2k
I believe there are 2 versions of the lens; the HSM DG OS and the HSM DG (no optical stabilisation).

The Sigma website only has the OS version, so I can't compare the *actual* price differences but on the second hand market, the non-OS versions tend to run around $1-1300 while the OS versions tend to bee $1700 up to $3000.

Anyway, I've got the Canon R6 on order which has IBIS and if I shoot this on a monopod, will I really need the OS?


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3 months 4 days ago #694123 by Nikon Shooter
I don't use any stabilisation, even when it's on newer lenses.
but I have two monopods.

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3 months 3 days ago #694129 by David Norris

Nikon Shooter wrote: I don't use any stabilisation, even when it's on newer lenses.
but I have two monopods.


Even at 300mm?

Generally my shutter speed is pretty fast given that I shoot sports, so I don't really experience any issues with the subject not being sharp, but just being able to get the camera to stop bouncing around so I can concentrate on what I'm shooting is a big plus.
I presume the monopod will suffice here?


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3 months 3 days ago #694131 by Nikon Shooter
The main problem for me is not focus acquisition
but the sacrosanct time of reaction slowed down
by IS — may it be in lens, body, or worse in both!

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