Supra wrote:Used for a static, straight flypast, landing or take-off shots it would be well worth it. But for flying-displays proper where the subject assumes unpredictable 3-dimensional manoeuvres it will have limited advantages IMO.
You will need the agility of an Olympic Racing Ferret & the attributes of a escapologist to avoid taking a selfie in a confined air-show crowd!
I have this thing going-on whereby I constantly note the number of photographers that assemble their super-duper Mono-pod Head or tripod with NASA-built mega-money gimbal plus a £10 - £15K camera/lens on it.....& don't take single shot all-day!!
Best thing is you borrow & try one first! My Bud' bought all three top-quality items you mention, NONE of which has left the house.....because you can't actually buy the fourth thing needed. Ability?
No jealousy here btw. I currently use the whole focal range including a 500 & 600 prime, sometimes with a converter, but all hand-held.
Supra wrote:That's so spooky! I was going to mention car & motorcycle racing in my list of circumstances where a mono-pod can be a great advantage, due to the largely 2D motion & predictable position of the subject on the track. With these you can risk a narrow depth of field for super background blur & accentuation of the subject.
I love the IQ of my Canon 100-400 Mk II & find it very easy on the upper torso for extensive use, compared to the larger primes! I had 20 days out of 21 in Japan wielding a variety of camera/lens combi's & emerged okay, the only toll was on sleep!!
Good luck on your F1 trip.
Gasmanwj wrote:How did the trip go? Did you find the monopod useful or ended up converting back to hand holding?
Supra wrote:Good to see your results Andy_99, you seem to have a nice haul there. Hopefully you've now answered your own question regarding expensive mounting heads?
Without any criticism intended, did you go for any crazy low shutter-speed stuff at minimum depth-of-field, as your timescale probably allowed a short 'extreme session' in which you could afford
a few duds that didn't make the final cut?
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