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I have the 70-300mm Zuiko Digital zoom lens and I find it difficult to hold steady when it’s zoomed all the way out.
The 70-300mm Zuiko Digital zoom lens when zoomed out has the same angle of view as a 600mm lens in the 35mm format. This means the magnification of the lens is 12x, which will significantly magnify camera shake. If your DSLR has Image Stabilization, by all means use it at such extreme magnifications. You can also brace the camera against something solid, or use a tripod.
In field situations, such as wildlife photography, tripods can be cumbersome and impractical. It is difficult to move through brush and climb when carrying a tripod, let alone having to haul the extra weight. One lightweight solution for shooting with long lenses and lenses mounted on teleconverters is the monopod.
A monopod is a telescoping camera support that resembles a tripod leg. It will have three or four telescoping sections with locks and a ¼-20 thread screw or ball head on top that screws into the base of the camera or the tripod collar of the lens. Some are designed so they can also be used as a walking stick. Some monopods also have small legs in the bottom extension that can pop out and serve as a small tripod to further reduce sway. The benefit of a monopod is that it reduces camera shake—particularly up and down camera shake. It also takes the weight of the camera and lens off the photographer’s arms and shoulders. The weight of a long, fast telephoto can become tiring, especially when staking out wildlife. View example of a monopod.
When the camera and lens are mounted on a monopod, they can be carried over the shoulder, with the grip of the monopod resting on the shoulder. Therefore it is important that the monopod has a soft grip for comfort’s sake.
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