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100-400L Stabilizer ?

 
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Jan 10, 2014 11:10 |  #1

Can someone please explain the stabilizer modes on this lens.
I understand the stabilizer on-off, but why is there two options of stabilizer modes ? and how to use them.
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Jan 10, 2014 11:11 |  #2

Mode 1 is for regular stabiization. Mode 2 is panning mode so your image is stabilized in one direction but not in the other.




  
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Jan 10, 2014 11:15 |  #3

gonzogolf wrote in post #16594076 (external link)
Mode 1 is for regular stabiization. Mode 2 is panning mode so your image is stabilized in one direction but not in the other.

Yes.

Just to add to the above, Mode 2 is typically used for things like auto racing where you want the car sharp, but the background to show motion blur. It keeps your pan steady up and down, but doesn't try to correct the side to side motion.

Mode 1 is typical IS that steadies motion in all directions.


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Jan 10, 2014 11:18 |  #4

It depends on the direction of the pan, for Mode 2. It stabilizes in the direction you're not moving, which is one of the things that makes it useful for shooting airshows, as well. If you're panning left/right, it stabilizes up/down, if you're panning up/down, it stabilizes left/right.


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII/5D IV, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS I/II)
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Jan 10, 2014 11:23 |  #5

Snydremark wrote in post #16594096 (external link)
It depends on the direction of the pan, for Mode 2. It stabilizes in the direction you're not moving, which is one of the things that makes it useful for shooting airshows, as well. If you're panning left/right, it stabilizes up/down, if you're panning up/down, it stabilizes left/right.

Good to know, I thought it was just side to side.


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Jan 10, 2014 11:32 |  #6

Cheers.
So if I'm using this lens on a tripod for wildlife etc then position 1 is more suitable.
If I'm panning then position 2 is the better option.
Thanks for the speedy replies. :)




  
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Jan 10, 2014 12:08 |  #7

If you're using the 100-400 on a tripod, turn off IS. It is one of the older models that doesn't detect that a tripod is in use and can actually *cause* blur from the movement of the IS element when it isn't required.


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII/5D IV, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS I/II)
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Jan 10, 2014 12:36 |  #8

Snydremark wrote in post #16594245 (external link)
If you're using the 100-400 on a tripod, turn off IS. It is one of the older models that doesn't detect that a tripod is in use and can actually *cause* blur from the movement of the IS element when it isn't required.

...and just as important, remember to turn it back on after removing the camera+lens from the tripod. On more than one occasion, I have forgotten to do this, and then later when shooting handheld wondered if I'd had too much coffee because the image in my viewfinder was so shaky. :o


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Jan 10, 2014 12:40 |  #9

Well, there you have it. This is one of the most concise and highly accurate threads I've ever seen!

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Jan 10, 2014 13:30 |  #10

bps wrote in post #16594353 (external link)
Well, there you have it. This is one of the most concise and highly accurate threads I've ever seen!

Bryan

No it isn't!

(just wanted to add some controversy...:p)


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Jan 10, 2014 13:55 |  #11

Some great advice here.
I have been using it in IS mode when on my tripod and been wondering if the lens was developing a fault, that's given me the most probable reason for it.
Thanks guys n galls :)




  
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Jan 10, 2014 15:42 |  #12

@Taylor: Go away :D

@bx338: As a visual, set up on the tripod and watch through the viewfinder while holding down a half press on your shutter button (or AF-ON if you're using back button AF). You'll be able to see the view actively shift around; that is caused by the IS element moving to try and compensate for movement that isn't there.


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII/5D IV, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS I/II)
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Jan 10, 2014 19:48 |  #13

Snydremark wrote in post #16594096 (external link)
It depends on the direction of the pan, for Mode 2. It stabilizes in the direction you're not moving, which is one of the things that makes it useful for shooting airshows, as well. If you're panning left/right, it stabilizes up/down, if you're panning up/down, it stabilizes left/right.

I didn't realise that. I thought it was just horizontal, but I've just checked the manual and you're dead right.

Lord, I feel dumb now. :oops:


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Jan 10, 2014 20:19 |  #14

Snydremark wrote in post #16594245 (external link)
If you're using the 100-400 on a tripod, turn off IS. It is one of the older models that doesn't detect that a tripod is in use and can actually *cause* blur from the movement of the IS element when it isn't required.

Is there a list or other resource somewhere that lists what lenses this applies to? (Besides reading my manuals! ;))


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Jan 10, 2014 20:55 |  #15

http://www.dlcphotogra​phy.net/TripodAndIS.ht​m (external link) I think will cover it


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII/5D IV, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS I/II)
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