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Oct 13, 2009 18:27 |  #1

I've heard mixed statements about whether it's okay to leave the IS on while using a tripod or not. I did a test to see for myself using the 18-55 IS kit lens.

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The kit lens seems to be OK to leave the IS on while using a tripod

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Oct 13, 2009 18:38 |  #2

A better test would probably be 55-250 IS (or any other telephoto lens with IS) and 100% crop.


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Oct 13, 2009 18:41 |  #3

the 100-400 IS is the only lens I believe needs to switched off while on a tripod.


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Oct 13, 2009 18:44 |  #4

I hate to be a pixel-peeper here, but as far as I can see from those small thumbnails, there seems to be a (slight) difference between the two - I'm favoring the IS off one... whatever though, the difference is completely negligible...


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Oct 13, 2009 18:46 |  #5

100%


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Oct 13, 2009 18:46 |  #6

mikeassk wrote in post #8816333 (external link)
the 100-400 IS is the only lens I believe needs to switched off while on a tripod.

Nevermind, did a bit of research which I've listed below:




  
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Oct 13, 2009 18:46 |  #7

No difference to me at all ...




  
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Oct 13, 2009 18:48 |  #8

NPuter wrote in post #8816346 (external link)
I hate to be a pixel-peeper here, but as far as I can see from those small thumbnails, there seems to be a (slight) difference between the two - I'm favoring the IS off one... whatever though, the difference is completely negligible...

Yep.


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Oct 13, 2009 18:54 |  #9

Ok, just did a quick Google, here is the list :


The following EF Image Stabilizer lenses support "Tripod IS":

EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM

EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM

EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM

EF500mm f/4L IS USM

EF600mm f/4L IS USM

The following EF Image Stabilizer lenses do not support "Tripod IS":

EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

EF300mm f/4L IS USM

From Chuck Westfall Director/Media & Customer Relationship Camera Division/Canon U.S.A., Inc.




  
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Oct 13, 2009 18:55 |  #10

Thanks for digging up that list Todd. Very helpful!


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Oct 13, 2009 18:59 |  #11

Turn it off to save battery.

I turn IS off on my 70-300 when the shutter speed is high enough, I reckon the images look a bit sharper with it turned off in those situations. Could just be me going crazy though.

edit: the above list doesn't mention the 70-300 (non-DO), but going from the generation of IS it uses I assume it should be fine too




  
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Oct 13, 2009 19:52 |  #12

Your shutter speed is only 1/3 a second. Try it for a 10 second exposure and you will see the difference. It is not going to be a shaky mess like it was handheld, just not as sharp as it could be.


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Oct 13, 2009 20:11 |  #13

a better test would be night shots with lights. My personal experience is that the lights in the night shots were a bit blurred with IS ON with a tripod.


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Oct 13, 2009 20:25 |  #14

The 70-200 f4 IS definately needs to have the IS off. I did some tests with long exposures 5-10 seconds and many, not all, the IS shots had a "jump" in the image.


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Oct 13, 2009 20:28 |  #15

bohdank wrote in post #8816985 (external link)
The 70-200 f4 IS definately needs to have the IS off. I did some tests with long exposures 5-10 seconds and many, not all, the IS shots had a "jump" in the image.

+1 on this... long exposures will really be messed up with IS on :D That coming from the kit lens


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