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Using a monopod at Chester zoo.

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    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93505 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    6 Oct 2007 - 9:21 AM

    Hi....I'm looking to visit Chester zoo for the last time this year, I usually spend most of the day inside in the bird house and in the past I have struggled to get acceptable pics.

    A friend has offered me the loan of a monopod.
    D'you think this will be advantageous and are there likely to be any restrictions on it's use thereof.

    ....thanks....Mike

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    BEVZED
    BEVZED e2 Member 71140 forum postsBEVZED vcard United Kingdom
    6 Oct 2007 - 9:31 AM

    Don't know if they have any restrictions but a mono is far friendlier to use - doesn't trip people up like a tripod!

    Check your lens though - my 18-200 VR says turn off when on a pod, numbskull here didn't and lost all her shotsSad Don't know why but it does affect the VR ones.

    Beverley

    Busseauboy
    6 Oct 2007 - 11:47 AM

    Well, there you have it. Take two shots one with VR on the next with VR off and decide which method to adopt depending upon your result.

    Have a good day.

    **** M.

    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    6 Oct 2007 - 11:58 AM

    Generally lenses which suggest you turn off VR mean when on a tripod. A monopod is not as steady and you will possibly still get some movement, so VR on should not be a problem.

    As I use a gimbal head on the tripod I also still use VR on this setup sometimes as again there is some movement of the lens during shooting.

    Think **** has a good compromise, try both with and without.

    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93505 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    6 Oct 2007 - 8:58 PM


    Quote: As I use a gimbal head on the tripod I also still use VR on this setup

    ...sort of belt and braces....

    thanks everybody....Mike

    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Oct 2007 - 10:51 AM

    Not really as the gimbal head is designed to allow flexibility of movement in a couple of planes, either to pan or follow movement up/down.

    So as it does not cause me any issues to have VR on I leave it on. Also when shooting things like the squirrels the shutter speed can be as low as 1/30th second on a 300-400mm focal length, so i feel happier with the VR Smile

    AidanT
    AidanT  749 forum posts United Kingdom
    7 Oct 2007 - 12:18 PM

    Having visited Chester Zoo myself earlier in the year, I noticed that in their literature they state that commercial photographers are required to pay a fee and seek permission before taking photos.

    If a member of staff sees you with a tripod or monopod there's a goodly chance they will assume your a pro photographer working for commercial gain so you may have a bit of trouble.

    Hope this helps

    Aidan

    John_Wannop
    John_Wannop e2 Member 954 forum postsJohn_Wannop vcard Wales
    7 Oct 2007 - 6:23 PM

    I have used both my tripod and monopod at Chester zoo many times with no problems.

    John

    stevekhart
    8 Oct 2007 - 9:41 AM

    Just out of interest how does leaving the VR on ruin the pictures?

    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93505 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    14 Oct 2007 - 6:25 PM

    Tried with and without the monopod...with and without the VR....
    ..... but sadly those terrific shots still eluded me.

    thanks again though.....Mike

    Last Modified By MikeRC at 14 Oct 2007 - 6:26 PM
    MartinWalker
    16 Oct 2007 - 11:18 AM

    so what shot DID you get??? and what were you trying for??

    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93505 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    2 Nov 2007 - 8:57 PM

    Sorry Martin...just got back from 2 weeks in Kos and just seen your post.
    I was after shots like "Kban" gets and "Maiwand" gets....why should they have all the best pictures..
    ...It's not fair....LOL

    ....Mike

    Simon_Whitehouse

    Try a tripod with a 322 head, used this many times there without probs.

    Smithy

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