Season finale - 2017 HS Football.

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  1. ronlane

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    That's why I use a monopod when I've used a 300 2.8. Actually I use a monopod at night with my 70-200mm f/2.8 as well. I have a $100 carbon fiber one that is light and works great.


     
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    Maybe worth a try.
    I'm going to have to borrow the 80-200 f/2.8 and the Canon T7 from the school, then try shooting a soccer game with the lens on a monopod. That will require a change in the way I pivot to follow the action.

    A carbon fiber monopod would be more comfortable to hold, in cold ambient temp than an aluminum monopod.

    But for my personal use, the $2,800 70-200 f/2.8 lens is out of my budget. I can afford the $1,300 70-200 f/4 lens. I cannot write off the f/2.8 lens against income, cuz I don't make any money shooting pix.
     
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    Yes, the foam on my CF monopod makes it nice to hold in the cold weather. It will take some adjustments getting used to it. But stick with it. I hardly notice a difference anymore.

    Oh and don't discount the f/2.8, go used Canon White f/2.8 70-200mm Used DSLR Lenses & Film SLR Lenses buy at Adorama
     
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    Oh man, so tempting.
    I just checked the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 used lens, and they are close to the price of a new f/4 lens. hmmmm
    You just messed up my plans for my next lens.
     
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    Not messed up, just gave you options. Used 2.8 glass can be better than new 4.0 glass.
     
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    Yes, the price of the used 2.8 lens makes it VERY tempting.
    Decisions, decisions.
     
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    Ron,
    I tried the 80-200 f/2.8 on the monopod tonight at the soccer game on a Canon T7i crop body.
    I used it for half a game. I shot the first half with my 18-140, to make sure I had something. Then I shot the 2nd half with the 80-200.
    • The 80mm end was too long for the crop camera when the players came close to me, even backed away from the sideline. OK, I'm spoiled by the 18-140. A 24-120 on a FX body would work.
    • Pivoting the setup to track a player was difficult, as I had to pivot around the monopod. I suppose tracking gets easier the more one uses the monopod setup. I'll have to try it a few more times, to see if I can get the hang of using a monopod to track moving players.
    • The monopod did make it easier to work the zoom ring without twisting the camera.
     

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