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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.

Lens - 70-200 2.8 IS USM
Camera - 7D

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Bridget

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Original question, leave IS off for fast shutter speed sports

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IS is OFF for sports

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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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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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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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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_F7lC​vp5DI?t=21m37sexternal link

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