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Old 16th of September 2013 (Mon)   #1
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Default Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

Right now I'm shooting a lot of baseball. I have the stabalizer mode on 1 and consequetive shooting. Are these the best settings for baseball. I like to track the player at the plate and around the bases as well as action shots on field. I feel like I'm all over the place at times and don't have a lot of time to make setting adjustments. Some are sharp and some are blurry. Advise/tips would be appreciated.

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Old 16th of September 2013 (Mon)   #2
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

Also, I have it set to AI focus.....tried servo but it seemed to want to hunt around too much.

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Old 16th of September 2013 (Mon)   #3
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

Baseball being outside, your light is usually good. This means shutter speeds should be high enough to negate any real benefit from IS. In, fact, there could even be a small (probably imperceptible) lag as the IS spins up from time to time. That said, I would not use IS for baseball shooting. As for AI modes Servo for sure.
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Old 16th of September 2013 (Mon)   #4
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

I don't use IS when I shoot any sports as long as my shutter speeds are high (which they always are for sports.) As stated above, turning IS off can actually help the AF speed a little bit, which, while miniscule, will help you more in the long run than IS would.
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Old 16th of September 2013 (Mon)   #5
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

I don't use IS so much so when I bought a canon 70-200 I got the non IS version, I have OS on my Sigma but didn't use it once last Rugby season. Also it helps the battery last longer, also always AI Servo.
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Yeah, if I had known how little I'd use IS/OS/VC/whatever other companies call it, I would have snagged the 70-200 2.8 non-IS. The only lenses I really care about having IS on now are ones I use for my "walk-around" photography as I like to shoot at night a lot.

edit: also mrrikki, how would you say your Sigma 70-200 compares to your Canon version? I'm curious how theirs and Tamoron's compare. I love my Sigma 120-300 and Tamron 24-70, but I've never tried either of their 70-200s.
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Old 16th of September 2013 (Mon)   #7
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Yeah, if I had known how little I'd use IS/OS/VC/whatever other companies call it, I would have snagged the 70-200 2.8 non-IS. The only lenses I really care about having IS on now are ones I use for my "walk-around" photography as I like to shoot at night a lot.

edit: also mrrikki, how would you say your Sigma 70-200 compares to your Canon version? I'm curious how theirs and Tamoron's compare. I love my Sigma 120-300 and Tamron 24-70, but I've never tried either of their 70-200s.
I love the Sigma 70 200, I don't notice a huge difference between it and my Canon 70 200. As I earn money fom photography the only reason have both is that I always like a spare, I normally use the sigma with an extender. Also the Canon I bought new for 650 which is 300 off current Amazon price, only issue was that it does not have a tripod collar!
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

For me, I would be on ai servo, center point focus, keep your shutter speed around 1/1600.
Two ways you can do this are tv mode, and set your shutter speed, camera will do the rest, or I would use av mode, set your apature , maybe f3.2, and play with your iso to get the shutter up around 1/1600...should not be difficult. Center point focus is key, if your letting the camera pick them out side, it could pick the fence, grass...etc...
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

Also back button focus helps a lot, mark is right I normally use AV, but I am normally set at f2.8 due to crap UK weather with practice you will get used to checking shutter speed and quickly changing ISO when the cloud / weather conditions etc. change.
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

Original question, leave IS off for fast shutter speed sports
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Old 25th of September 2013 (Wed)   #11
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IS is OFF for sports
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

I agree. But since the athletes I usually take pictures of tend to run in the same direction for a while at a time, IS works pretty well, especially in mode 2.
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

This is shocking to me! So you guys really turn OFF IS when shutter speeds are high enough?!

So when I take my rented 400 2.8 IS version II lens down to the Eagles game next Sunday you suggest to leave IS off?! For a 1pm game, lighting should be plenty good, even with a cloudy/rainy day.
I know that lens, the IS takes a second for it to spin up so maybe I will gain quicker focus without it?

I'm shocked. I don't know on a $10k+ lens I want to turn off IS! haha
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

All phototogrqphers I know at games use a monopod for 400s, I never use IS as shutter speeds are so high that it does not matter, this saves a bit if battery life and focus very slightly but not really noticeable I think.

I use a 70-200 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8 with a x2 extender making it a 400; so I can't give personally experience with the 400.
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Default Re: Image Stabalization mode 1 or 2 for baseball

Monopod is to carry the weight, shutter speed is to freeze the motion, image stabilization is to assist the AF and composition. I follow the advice of Rudy Winston and leave it on. http://youtu.be/3_F7lCvp5DI?t=21m37s
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