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Dec 28, 2014 09:13 |  #1

Any of you use either a monopod or tripod when shooting racing. I shoot at a small paved 1/4 oval, and wondered if it would be of any use.


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Dec 28, 2014 09:59 |  #2

The vast majority of what I shoot is handheld, but I will occasionally use a monopod when using focal lengths in excess of 400mm


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Dec 28, 2014 16:04 |  #3

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Any of you use either a monopod or tripod when shooting racing. I shoot at a small paved 1/4 oval, and wondered if it would be of any use.

Never seen a monopod at a track. The longest lens in typical use is a Canon 100-400mm, and they're used handheld.

When I attended a big super late model race at a 5/8-mile oval track, the longest lenses used there were 70-200mm f/2.8 units, all handheld.

At the big Road America road course, there were no monopod-mounted lenses to be seen.




  
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Dec 30, 2014 04:02 |  #4

I frequently use both with my own 100-400 and hired longer glass. Both have their uses.


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Dec 30, 2014 08:03 |  #5

I've observed plenty of monopods at race tracks, especially road courses. Typically they are used with longer glass (400+). I find them to be a bit cumbersome when used while panning and really see no need for one at a 1/4 mile oval. The distance from you to the subject is so close that shooting handheld should not be an issue.


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Dec 30, 2014 18:59 |  #6

If you have longer glass you will need a monopod. If you're just using a 70-200 for example, the need for using one diminishes, however, there are a number of photographers who do mount their 70-200's on monopods to to pan, especially at very low shutter speeds and it does help immensely. With regards to tripods, many series will not allow their use for still photography trackside. They present a danger and also hog up photo holes.


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Dec 30, 2014 20:17 |  #7

In my case, I am the only shooter, so no problem having enough room. I was just asking if others like using them. Might try one out sometime. I do use a 70-200 zoom.

In my case it might be an issue because I shoot heat races and need to move quickly from the turns to the Winners Circle in the center and then back for the next heat race.


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Jan 02, 2015 18:58 |  #8

I only use a monopod at the track when I have the 400 2.8 out. Otherwise, all handheld.


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Jan 02, 2015 20:20 |  #9

Thanks for the comments; just wanted to get some other opinions. Doesn't sound like it is feasible for the track and equipment I use.


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