Ok I have searched through many threads and have come to the conclusion that my Image Stabilizer has never worked since new.
I have a Canon XS with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. Before getting the camera I have always read about the "noise" IS makes. I have had my camera for about 4 months. Having fun taking pictures with it but I am about 95% sure the IS on my lens is not working. I have suspected this for a while now. First off it makes no noise, zero , ziltch, nada. When I half depress the shutter it does a focus and I can hear the focus motor. once focused is locked there is zero noise. nothing. I have sat in a quiet room and depressed the shutter and slightly moved the camera around, nothing. Turn IS switch on and off, same result.
So after searching on here about this issue I tried a few things that people have suggested. One was to turn on live view, hold the camera out and watch the screen and then half depress the shutter. Zero change on screen. Same with looking through view finder. Form what I can gather IS does nothing at all. Not to mention that I have tried some hand held shots at about 1/40 in a low light forest of still objects and it seems there can be some camera shake detected. I have tried with IS switch on and off and no change.
So i took off the lense and happened to look at the inner lens part that attaches to the camera and to my astonishment there is a huge black piece of something in the lens somewhere. It's not on the lens but IN the lens. The odd part is that it does not show up on pictures but it's there in the lens. I'm not talking a spec of dust either, almost like a sliver of plastic, odd that it can't be seen with pictures.
So what does one do? Do I have to contact Canon support and then mail it to them to be fixed? The store where I bought it from only accepts damaged goods for 30 days, after that I have to deal with the manufacturer. I simply can't believe i have never noticed this before. If indeed IS was not working from the get go then I will be pleased in an odd way, I have been getting some decent pics in lower light situations so it would be nice to see what the IS can add.