Go­ing large

You’ll want support when us­ing a long, heavy lens

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Keep it steady

Big lenses are packed with glass and very heavy, es­pe­cially ones with wide max­i­mum aper­tures, so you’ll need a tri­pod or mono­pod to help keep them rock steady. Most big lenses come with a bracket so you can at­tach the lens to your stand rather than the cam­era body.

Tri­pod and head

A tri­pod with a gim­bal head is ideal for long lenses as it keeps the lens steady and al­lows you to scan the scene. If you don’t have a gim­bal head you could try a video head, as th­ese let you pan and tilt the lens while pro­vid­ing a bit of fric­tion.


Monopods al­low you to be more mo­bile and re­act quicker than tripods, although with one leg rather than three they are less steady. They take the weight of the lens and pre­vent ver­ti­cal cam­era move­ment, which makes it eas­ier to search a scene for wildlife.

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