Optical Stabilisation vs Monopod

1 year 3 months 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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1 year 3 months 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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1 year 3 months 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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1 year 3 months 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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7 months 2 weeks ago #714699 by fmw
The sharpest images occur with the use of a tripod.  The monopod would be in second place, the IS in third and hand held in fourth place.  The key to an effective monopod setup is a sturdy head that doesn't buckle under the weight of a long lens.  The head will cost many times the price of the monopod.  I have some IS lenses but I never use the feature. 


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7 months 2 weeks ago #714704 by Ozzie_Traveller

David Norris wrote:

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?


G'day David

As a newbie here - WELCOME to the PT foto forum ... you'll find planty of expertise in the mob here

As to the 2 lenses - I can't comment as I am not a dSLR user - but I do shoot heaps of long-lens stuff -and- use a monopod for much of the time

My Panasonic cameras all have OIS which is active 100% of the time - monopod or tripod use, the OIS remains 'on' - and I have never experienced 'focus-hunting' due to the OIS trying to over-ride things.  I like using the monopod -because- it gives me extra support while I'm shooting in the 300 to 600mm range plus with shutter speeds well under 1/100s and also with lens use from 100mm to 600mm

ps- my monopods are DIY jobs starting with a painters telescopic handle - inexpensive but very strong. I'll try to attach a PDF (below) showing how it all goes together

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/

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