Originally Posted by Conspiracy
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