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Does IS matter on the big glass if not hand held?

 
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Nov 29, 2013 07:51 |  #16

Thanks all, I see enough compelling reasons to get one WITH IS that I will try to go that route! I appreciate all the answers!


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Nov 29, 2013 07:51 |  #17

I always use tripod with gimbal head. None of my glass has IS and I never missed it.
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Nov 29, 2013 08:02 |  #18

I have a Bigma with no OS, and it's great, having no OS doesn't bother me at all, I'm even thinking of getting the 400 f/2.8 at some point, or a 300 f/2.8, If you have a good tripod, you should be fine. :)


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Nov 29, 2013 08:02 |  #19

pwm2 wrote in post #16487562 (external link)
If it is very windy, or the ground you place the tripd on (like a moving boat), then you'd like IS.

And if you are going to pan a car at slow shutter speeds, it might be a good idea to use IS in panning mode.

I think only a NASA designed IS system would be able to maintain a steady shot on a moving boat. ;)


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Nov 29, 2013 08:04 |  #20

The newer more advanced versions of IS can detect when they are mounted on a Tripod and turn their self off if it is a conflict. Earlier versions would simple malfunction. Their are also multiple "Modes" of IS. Usually 2, sometimes 3. Read the manual for perfect instructions for your particular lens. A Panning Mode allows IS to function well, in just 1 of 2 axis. It can be vertical, or it can be Horizontal. Again, read the manual to know exactly how your new lens works.


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Nov 29, 2013 08:44 |  #21

I always have the IS switched on when the lens has IS. It makes the image in the viewfinder much more stable, and helps with almost all shots tripod or not.


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Nov 29, 2013 08:49 |  #22

KirkS518 wrote in post #16488018 (external link)
I think only a NASA designed IS system would be able to maintain a steady shot on a moving boat. ;)

When on a boat, you obviously can't do seriously long shutter times.

But note that the boat isn't just movement as the boat goes forward and sways in the sea. There are also a lot of vibrations etc - and these vibrations gets handled by the IS.


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Nov 29, 2013 14:10 |  #23

Very useful even on tripod with gimbal head. If someone says no, they never used it. Always left IS on (mode 1) my 500mm f4 IS when using on tripod. No the IS doesn't turn off when on tripod. But I think it behaves differently compared to hand held.


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Nov 29, 2013 15:08 |  #24

pwm2 wrote in post #16488079 (external link)
When on a boat, you obviously can't do seriously long shutter times.

But note that the boat isn't just movement as the boat goes forward and sways in the sea. There are also a lot of vibrations etc - and these vibrations gets handled by the IS.

I have a boat (22') that I'm on every weekend. IS won't really help. Now if you're talking a yacht/cruise ship, sure. But not an average boat.


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Nov 29, 2013 16:00 |  #25

KirkS518 wrote in post #16488715 (external link)
I have a boat (22') that I'm on every weekend. IS won't really help. Now if you're talking a yacht/cruise ship, sure. But not an average boat.

IS helps in my kayak..so that's much tippier than a yacht, and even a runabout.


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Nov 29, 2013 16:13 |  #26

1Tanker wrote in post #16488822 (external link)
IS helps in my kayak..so that's much tippier than a yacht, and even a runabout.

Tippier yes, but how much engine vibration is that kayak giving you? Not the same!:)


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Nov 29, 2013 16:13 |  #27

askydiver wrote in post #16487523 (external link)
How does that work? What kind of advantage does it provide when on a tripod? I don't quite follow. Thx, BK

if you are shooting from a tripod you'll most likely be using a gimbal type head instead of a ballhead which means there can still be some movement so I would certainly leave IS turned on. even more so for using a monopod. in fact the only way i'd turn IS off is if I were doing an exposure of over 10 seconds or so, and I could not think of any time i'd do that.

I would not buy a 500mm lens that didn't have IS.


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Nov 29, 2013 16:17 |  #28

jimewall wrote in post #16488841 (external link)
Tippier yes, but how much engine vibration is that kayak giving you? Not the same!:)

You got me there! :lol:


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Nov 29, 2013 16:38 as a reply to  @ 1Tanker's post |  #29

for vibration i'd leave IS on and crank up the shutter speed. we can what if all day long but the bottom line is there's a reason the best long lenses all have IS.


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Nov 29, 2013 18:19 |  #30

I have a 2000 foot yacht and never need to use IS. :)


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