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Get a mono pod you will love it.
If you really need to leave the camera there by it's own a tripod is the way to go, but I had found mono pods way more versatile, light weight and still steady.
and other good thing to consider is a sling "chest-rig-alike", does really help when holding bigger lenses.

And I would stay away from off-brands products, I would rather to double to time saving.
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Get a mono pod you will love it.
If you really need to leave the camera there by it's own a tripod is the way to go, but I had found mono pods way more versatile, light weight and still steady.
and other good thing to consider is a sling "chest-rig-alike", does really help when holding bigger lenses.

And I would stay away from off-brands products, I would rather to double to time saving.

OP isnt considering the purchase of a 400 2.8 or bigger. those suggestions are great but honestly not helpful. anything smaller in size and weight compared to a 400 f2.8 doesnt need anything special. if you are older in years or have wrist problems a monopod is useful but having a special chest sling rig for big lenses is silly as the biggest lens a normal person would possibly buy would be a 70-200 which is honestly rather small in size wink.gif

i second sub50hz on the sling bag/messenger bag. buy a bookbag for gear when you accumulate so much gear that the sling hurts your back. if you are hiking long distances then get a bookbag or if you travel a lot. but for everyday general storage and photography a messenger bag is more than enough. i honestly used a jansport one pocket book bag and towels for my first camera bag for several months before i invested in a nice bag
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How not helpful? Mono pod is way faster to set up, mono pod weights less, and I don't think is considered "Special" is not like he's buying a carbon fiber, all depends on his cash amount but there are cheap options and will last long since less moving parts.

As I said before, if he is willing to leave the camera by itself, tripod is the way to go.
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i said no need for a sling "chest-rig-alike", does really help when holding bigger lenses.

those are the words you used. i never said a monopod was a bad idea. i just said its generally not needed unless you are shooting with a really heavy setup, you should read my post all the way through thumb.gif
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i said no need for a sling "chest-rig-alike", does really help when holding bigger lenses.

those are the words you used. i never said a monopod was a bad idea. i just said its generally not needed unless you are shooting with a really heavy setup, you should read my post all the way through thumb.gif

I did, on your post you were talking in plural. But I could had misunderstood your post, due my lack of English knowledge, talking on personal experience, he may be starting but will find himself carrying more gear each time and the faster he gets the proper gear to balance all the weight the better, even better If he ever get the grip and/or flash.

Of course I'm the kind of guy who takes the camera everywhere and well, we all suggest based in our experience.
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I did, on your post you were talking in plural. But I could had misunderstood your post, due my lack of English knowledge, talking on personal experience, he may be starting but will find himself carrying more gear each time and the faster he gets the proper gear to balance all the weight the better, even better If he ever get the grip and/or flash.

Of course I'm the kind of guy who takes the camera everywhere and well, we all suggest based in our experience.

i am a bit interested...what equipment do you use to require a monopod? unless i plan to shoot exclusively with a lens with tripod collar i dont even bother bringing a monopod.
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i am a bit interested...what equipment do you use to require a monopod? unless i plan to shoot exclusively with a lens with tripod collar i dont even bother bringing a monopod.

I do Paintball photography (Well... photography in general, also give classes at the University), mono pod gives me the speed I need to setup my camera, is not because the lens but how practical, the weight and how fast to set up is. Is great for sharp shot without messing with the tripod or when you don't have space/time; but is not like I'm changing a mono for a tripod, both are great on his own applications. As for the lens f4 70-200mm for paintball, and 50mm for other applications.
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Yeah, either a backpack or a sling backpack style is what i'm looking for.

Frys had a few, but they were pretty low on stock, and most of what they had was either more than I was wanting to pay or too big.
Did end up getting some filters for my little 40mm lens though. as well as another SD card since a 16gig c10 was only $10
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i am a bit interested...what equipment do you use to require a monopod? unless i plan to shoot exclusively with a lens with tripod collar i dont even bother bringing a monopod.

I do Paintball photography (Well... photography in general, also give classes at the University), mono pod gives me the speed I need to setup my camera, is not because the lens but how practical, the weight and how fast to set up is. Is great for sharp shot without messing with the tripod or when you don't have space/time; but is not like I'm changing a mono for a tripod, both are great on his own applications. As for the lens f4 70-200mm for paintball, and 50mm for other applications.

dont answer if you dont want to and i hope you dont take offense but how old are you?

either you are really young and never exercise or you are older. the 70-200 f4 literally weighs less than a stack of papers. it really has no need for a monopod. just saying. like i said no lens under a 300mm need a monopod. i would use a mono if i was shooting the 300 f2.8 for very extending time like wildlife photography. but in all honestly even the 70-200 f2.8 mkII barely needs any type of support unless you have arthritis and your wrists cant take it.

sorry if that offends. i just find the need for a monopod for paintball photography silly as that is a fast paced sport where the best shots are taken if the photog is down on the ground. not standing or kneeling

you wont get any faster speed for setting up your camera than handheld standing or dropping to one knee to get a lower perspective
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dont answer if you dont want to and i hope you dont take offense but how old are you?

either you are really young and never exercise or you are older. the 70-200 f4 literally weighs less than a stack of papers. it really has no need for a monopod. just saying. like i said no lens under a 300mm need a monopod. i would use a mono if i was shooting the 300 f2.8 for very extending time like wildlife photography. but in all honestly even the 70-200 f2.8 mkII barely needs any type of support unless you have arthritis and your wrists cant take it. sorry if that offends. i just find the need for a monopod for paintball photography silly as that is a fast paced sport where the best shots are taken if the photog is down on the ground. not standing or kneeling you wont get any faster speed for setting up your camera than handheld standing or dropping to one knee to get a lower perspective

No offence taken, I'm 28 and I had said 3 times is not because the lens, but the practical use, fast to set up (If I can specify at this point, setup at irregular ground) and weight. Some paintball games use to last long for couple of hours each round (Milsim, Woodsball, Scenario) with 3 or 4 missions at day, that's an entire day climbing hills, running spot A to spot B, this and that, good luck holding your camera (and extra gear) an entire day of play. I'm also a paintball player (Sponsored luckily www.facebook.com/RLTechWorkshop) so condition is not the case, anyone would get tired even without camera.

You don't need to find a reason, that's valid. That's the beauty, what works for me, may don't for others.
At the end we all suggest based in our own **Experience.



Edit: I feel like hijacking the OP, apologies!
Edited by oipunx - 6/5/13 at 9:09pm
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