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IS... Always keep it on?

 
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Feb 29, 2012 08:01 |  #1

I'm using a stock T2i with the kit lens. Are there any hard and fast rules as to using the IS feature on the lens? Should I turn it off for some style of shots and leave it on for others?

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Feb 29, 2012 08:04 |  #2

generally speaking, I believe you should turn it off when using a tripod.




  
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Feb 29, 2012 08:05 |  #3

Usually you want to turn it off when your camera will be completely stable, such as on a tripod. In these cases IS can hurt rather than help. Handheld, you should be ok leaving it on all the time. Note that it drains battery, so if you're going for a real long day with no backup batteries and you're reasonably sure you won't need it (bright sunny day, shutter speeds well above like 1/500 for instance) then you can turn it off to save juice. But if you don't, it won't hurt the pictures.


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Feb 29, 2012 09:39 |  #4

Turn it off when you are using a tripod....Other than that, keep your IS on.


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Feb 29, 2012 10:05 |  #5

i leave mine off.




  
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Feb 29, 2012 10:14 |  #6

I always leave mine ON, except on Tripod !


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Feb 29, 2012 10:19 |  #7

Surprised there's no sticky about this. When shooting sports with a high shutter speed, leave it off - some people have reported it causing blur.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=784835

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1058832


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Feb 29, 2012 10:24 |  #8

Thom Hogan is a guy I pay attention to when he speaks, and he feels you should leave stabilization turned OFF except for when you KNOW that it is needed for that particular situation. I am following Thom's advice.

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Feb 29, 2012 10:28 |  #9

joeblack2022 wrote in post #13990097 (external link)
Surprised there's no sticky about this. When shooting sports with a high shutter speed, leave it off - some people have reported it causing blur.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=784835

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1058832

I think the thing to take from this is that if you are moving the camera (slow or high shutter speed) while taking the shot, switch of the IS. The exception is panning with a lens that has a special panning option.

If you are just shooting with a high shutter speed, but keeping the Camera relatively still, then you are fine leaving it on (I've heard there may be issues with Nikon lenses, but have never heard or seen myself an issue with Canon lenses).


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Feb 29, 2012 10:29 |  #10

That's a fantastic article, it should be a sticky!


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Feb 29, 2012 10:53 |  #11

joeblack2022 wrote in post #13990178 (external link)
That's a fantastic article, it should be a sticky!

VR doesn't engage with the AF-on? Ewww. That would be annoying. It would be good to have a Canon version of that though because some of it is Nikon specific.

Also on the tripod issue - Canon claims that for lenses like the 70-200 f4IS you can leave the IS on with a tripod, but that is NOT my experience.

Any I learned the hard way that you cannot leave it on with the 18-55IS kit lens for shutter speeds less than about 1/4s or so.


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