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Jul 07, 2009 19:25 |  #1

I am looking into buying a 300mm 2.8. I will be using it with a monopod and I need to know if you have to turn the IS off when using with monopod. If so I would like to just just buy a non IS lens.

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Jul 07, 2009 19:44 |  #2

No, you leave IS on when using a monopod and even on a tripod and IS will help.


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Jul 07, 2009 20:54 |  #3

In accordance to the manual, it is recommended to turn the lens image-stabilizer "off" when employing a tripod. However, when using a monopod, you can leave the image-stabilizer "on." Some IS lenses enable the user to change the IS mode manually to better accommodate shooting conditions.


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Jul 07, 2009 20:56 |  #4

britt777 wrote in post #8241863 (external link)
I am looking into buying a 300mm 2.8. I will be using it with a monopod and I need to know if you have to turn the IS off when using with monopod. If so I would like to just just buy a non IS lens.

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Thats a good question! Someone should do a test on it! :)


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Jul 07, 2009 21:01 |  #5

It may be me...but I leave the IS off virtually all the time. In shooting sports, my shutter speeds are 800 and above..thus IS not much of a help. I also noticed that my focus accuracy and quickness increases when IS is off. Can anyone verify this?


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Jul 07, 2009 21:24 |  #6

thanks so much for the tips. I couldn't get the manual for this lens on canon website so I thought I would ask here. My 500 says to turn IS off when using tripod, but wasn't sure for the 300. I don't want to invest in IS if its always turned off.


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Jul 07, 2009 21:29 |  #7

You can only buy a new 300 with IS, they don't make a non IS version anymore. If you buy an older one beware that Canon may not service it anymore. I don't use the IS, don't need it for shooting sports.


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Jul 07, 2009 21:39 |  #8

Sledhed wrote in post #8242574 (external link)
You can only buy a new 300 with IS, they don't make a non IS version anymore. If you buy an older one beware that Canon may not service it anymore. I don't use the IS, don't need it for shooting sports.

You might want to go back and read the OP's post and the subsequent replys. :rolleyes:


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Jul 08, 2009 01:27 |  #9

on a monopod i always shoot with the IS on, on a tripod i will usually turn the stabilization off unless its windy, or whatever the tripod is resting on is unstable


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Jul 08, 2009 12:37 |  #10

Sam|McGuire wrote in post #8242624 (external link)
You might want to go back and read the OP's post and the subsequent replys. :rolleyes:

Yeah, but it's a pretty valid point. One repair on a non-IS 300 2.8 and you probably could have purchased a used 300 2.8 IS in very good condition.

I know a couple people that have sent off 200 1.8's, and it's not cheap to have them repaired.




  
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Jul 08, 2009 12:55 |  #11

jcpoulin wrote in post #8242432 (external link)
It may be me...but I leave the IS off virtually all the time. In shooting sports, my shutter speeds are 800 and above..thus IS not much of a help. I also noticed that my focus accuracy and quickness increases when IS is off. Can anyone verify this?

IS/OS can take some time to "settle". If you are the type to press the focus button and then the shutter immediately after then leaving the IS/OS off is a good idea. However, if you are constantly tracking your subject and the IS/OS has already "settled" then it shouldn't matter. Using IS/OS with sports is nice if you are handholding as it can help keep your image stable with tracking your subject. When using a monopod I often have an image that is stable enough to track so IS/OS is not as much of a benefit.


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Jul 08, 2009 21:39 |  #12

good points. Thanks for the tips


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Jul 08, 2009 21:44 |  #13

When i'm using my 18-55 IS i turn the IS off on a tripod but on when handholding or my monopod is used the IS is on always . I move too much not to have it on .




  
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Jul 09, 2009 10:08 |  #14

I leave the IS on virtually all the time on my 300. I use a tripod or monopod for most of my shooting and have an extender on more often than not.


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Jul 09, 2009 10:28 |  #15

MinhThien wrote in post #8242388 (external link)
Thats a good question! Someone should do a test on it! :)

I did, through a few soccer games :)

Now I turn IS off if the shutter speed is high enough. ;)

Maybe it's me and my technique, but it seems like I get a bit sharper pics with IS off.


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