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

 
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Nov 29, 2013 20:33 |  #31

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.

No, but IS can work very well on a ferry.


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Nov 30, 2013 07:53 |  #32

CanonCameraFan wrote in post #16488021 (external link)
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.

If by "newer" you mean lenses as much as 14 years old. Some of the lenses that do tripod detect date back to 1999. There are actually only two lenses that are a older, have IS, and don't detect: 28-135 and 300/4.

Most of the IS lenses offering 200mm and longer focal lengths automatically detect lack of movement and turn off IS when it's not needed.Those include...

70-200/4 IS
70-200/2.8 IS
Not entirely sure about the 70-300L, but I think it does.
200/2 IS
300/2.8 IS
300/2.8 IS II
400/4 DO IS
400/2.8 IS
400/2.8 IS II
500/4 IS
500/4 IS II
600/4 IS
600/4 IS II
800/5.6 IS

The lenses 200mm and longer that don't detect, need to be turned off when locked down on a tripod is actually a pretty short list...

300/4L IS
100-400L IS
70-300 (non-L... not sure about the L)
Not sure about the EF-S 55-250, but would assume it doesn't detect.

Many of the shorter IS lenses also don't detect and should be turned off...

24-105L
28-135
Not sure about the 24-70/4 IS
Also don't know for sure about 17-55, 15-85, 18-55, 18-135.
And, not sure about the recently introduced 35/2, 28/2.8 and 24/2.8 with IS.

Of course, with all these shorter lenses, there's little need for IS when using them locked down on a tripod (unless using at shutter speeds where mirror slap might be an issue).

You might turn off IS to save some battery power... Though it really doesn't seem to draw all that much power.

Also during really long exposures and videos it's probably a good idea to turn it off. Watching it at work, sometimes you'll notice IS can causing "drift" or "jumps" that won't matter with stills and shorter shutter speeds... but will with long exposures and video.

Canon needs to update their list of tripod detecting and non-detecting lenses.


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Nov 30, 2013 11:45 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #33

Not entirely sure about the 70-300L, but I think it does.

it does but you should still turn off IS when you are doing long exposures (say more than 5 seconds).


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Dec 01, 2013 02:26 |  #34

ed rader wrote in post #16490465 (external link)
Not entirely sure about the 70-300L, but I think it does.

it does but you should still turn off IS when you are doing long exposures (say more than 5 seconds).

I would argue that you should turn IS off any time you are using a SS long enough that you are not holding or touching the camera for fear of shake. I've had issues with the IS on (by accident) with SS around 1/4s on a tripod using remote release with the 100L for instance. And also with the 70-200 f4 IS which I see is listed above as 'tripod sensing'.

askydiver wrote in post #16487498 (external link)
I keep reading to turn IS off when on a tripod,
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I'm certainly one of those people who say to turn the IS off on a tripod, even on the 'tripod sensing' lenses. This is based on personal experience of all the IS lenses I own. None completely switch off IS on a stable tripod with remote release and I've had blurred shots from all of them by leaving IS on. But as Frank mentioned by 'on a tripod' I mean not touching the camera. If I am on a tripod and using a SS high enough that I can be touching the camera, then I always leave IS on.

Of course I can't personally say whether the 'big glass' will have issues at longer exposures on a tripod with IS on. But in any case, normally you will be holding the camera, so I'd leave IS on.


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