OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

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James Sherman
James Sherman Senior Member • Posts: 2,480
OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

I know OSS on a tripod is a no-no, but I've never seen any discussion of actual tests of a tele lens on a monopod with the OSS on vs OSS off. Has anyone actually tried this out? I'd do it myself, but I'm wobbly myself, so I don't how much I'd be proving.

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Dustinash Contributing Member • Posts: 682
Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

I have shot with it on a fluid head monopod and it turned out stellar.  I think the systems are getting better.  That said it was video and under certain circumstances it maybe no good

Ynos Regular Member • Posts: 182
Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

James Sherman wrote:

I know OSS on a tripod is a no-no, but I've never seen any discussion of actual tests of a tele lens on a monopod with the OSS on vs OSS off. Has anyone actually tried this out? I'd do it myself, but I'm wobbly myself, so I don't how much I'd be proving.

Monopod will eliminate main axis of vibration (vertical one), but there still will be motion left (back and forth, left to right etc), so I think OSS should perform just fine on monopods.

James Sherman
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Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

Ynos wrote:

James Sherman wrote:

I know OSS on a tripod is a no-no, but I've never seen any discussion of actual tests of a tele lens on a monopod with the OSS on vs OSS off. Has anyone actually tried this out? I'd do it myself, but I'm wobbly myself, so I don't how much I'd be proving.

Monopod will eliminate main axis of vibration (vertical one), but there still will be motion left (back and forth, left to right etc), so I think OSS should perform just fine on monopods.

Logically, I agree with you, but I've never seen real proof of that. You'd think someone would have a tested, definitive, answer (at least for one lens - grasping at straws, here). What I'd reallylike to see is someone's results with the FE 70-200, preferably on an A7r since I'm dreaming. Being somewhat crippy, I can't hand hold that for very long (sez I, whose lens is on order) and a tripod on a mobility scooter is just a major PITA.

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James Sherman
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Nobody?

So is this an Urban Myth, or has some rowdy soul actually tried it? Any long-ish lens with OSS will do!

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Re: Nobody?

James Sherman wrote:

So is this an Urban Myth, or has some rowdy soul actually tried it? Any long-ish lens with OSS will do!

What's to test? A tripod is steady and turn off IS. A monopod is not very steady (especially with a really long lens). My Tamron 200-500 on the A77 was rockin and rollin zoomed out to 500. There was some wind and the subjects were water fowl. The first time I tried this rig and am going back to the tripod (with IS off).

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Euell Veteran Member • Posts: 3,089
Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

The image stabilization on Canon lenses works fine on a monopod, so I assume Sony OSS probably does as well.

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James Sherman
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Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

Finally, a definitive answer. So much of what's posted here is hearsay and assumption. I expected this to be how it turned out, but I've certainly found myself in error enough times to ask for experience.

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baltimorecaesar Regular Member • Posts: 470
Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

I've used OSS with the SEL35f18 and NEX-7 on a monopod and it worked great, almost looked like it was on a tripod.  Certainly looked better with OSS on then off.

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Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

baltimorecaesar wrote:

I've used OSS with the SEL35f18 and NEX-7 on a monopod and it worked great, almost looked like it was on a tripod. Certainly looked better with OSS on then off.

What shutter speeds were that?

Depending on FL, 1/10th on a monopod, if heald steady, should be fine without OSS...

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James Sherman
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Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

Agreed. I was looking more for something in the 135+ range, where you could see evidence of camera shake easily. I'm getting a 70-200 and will need to support it.

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Ynos wrote:

James Sherman wrote:

I know OSS on a tripod is a no-no, but I've never seen any discussion of actual tests of a tele lens on a monopod with the OSS on vs OSS off. Has anyone actually tried this out? I'd do it myself, but I'm wobbly myself, so I don't how much I'd be proving.

Monopod will eliminate main axis of vibration (vertical one), but there still will be motion left (back and forth, left to right etc), so I think OSS should perform just fine on monopods.

Logically, I agree with you, but I've never seen real proof of that. You'd think someone would have a tested, definitive, answer (at least for one lens - grasping at straws, here). What I'd reallylike to see is someone's results with the FE 70-200, preferably on an A7r since I'm dreaming. Being somewhat crippy, I can't hand hold that for very long (sez I, whose lens is on order) and a tripod on a mobility scooter is just a major PITA.

It is one of the tele lenses that is likely designed for use on tripod with OSS. There is a two mode selection for OSS on the lens and that may be to enable OSS with tripod/monopod in use.

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James Sherman
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Re: 70-200G

I thought of that switch, but I thought it basically allowed you to switch OFF the horizontal OSS so the camera could be panned without going all herky-jerky when OSS was on.  That's a subject for investigation whenever my lens gets here.

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baltimorecaesar Regular Member • Posts: 470
Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

blue_skies wrote:

baltimorecaesar wrote:

I've used OSS with the SEL35f18 and NEX-7 on a monopod and it worked great, almost looked like it was on a tripod. Certainly looked better with OSS on then off.

What shutter speeds were that?

Depending on FL, 1/10th on a monopod, if heald steady, should be fine without OSS...

Sorry, forgot to mention this was while shooting video

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James Sherman
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Re: OSS with a monopod - anyone actually tested it?

baltimorecaesar wrote:

blue_skies wrote:

baltimorecaesar wrote:

I've used OSS with the SEL35f18 and NEX-7 on a monopod and it worked great, almost looked like it was on a tripod. Certainly looked better with OSS on then off.

What shutter speeds were that?

Depending on FL, 1/10th on a monopod, if heald steady, should be fine without OSS...

Sorry, forgot to mention this was while shooting video

Which doesn't count, really. Video images are "fixed up" by your brain as you watch. A nice sharp (looking) video can be made up from a lot of awful images.

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