Monday, February 19, 2007

02/19/07: Image Stabilizer Tips

If you use image stabilizer lenses, there are several important things to keep in mind to use the feature optimally. As we've discussed in the past, don't enable image stabilizer (or vibration reduction in Nikon's world) if you don't need it -- the IS or VR device will cause internal movement for a shot that doesn't need IS or VR.

Another thing to keep in mind -- image stabilizer lenses tend to draw significant power from your camera battery. If you have a lot of shots where image stabilizer is needed, be sure to have fully charged batteries / spare batteries.

And, this applies to Canon IS lenses (not sure about Nikon VR lenses), know the difference between IS modes 1 and 2. Mode 1 will adjust for camera shake on both the horizontal and vertical axises, while mode 2 will only adjust for camera shake on the vertical (up and down) axis. You would employ mode 2 in situations where you intend to capture a certain degree of camera movement such as you are panning on the horizon with your subject.

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2 Comments:

Blogger canoflan said...

I just started a blog myself for camera tips for a certain group of folks. Glad to be part of the photography blogs.

I really have enjoyed reading your posts and noted this one in particular.

This is a very important point you make and I believe many folks have no idea that IS really changes the potential quality of a shot if not used only when needed and the mode 1 vs mode 2 advice is really invaluable. I tried this recently with a 2x extender on a Canon 70-200 IS lens and found that without IS using a stable environment, the nonIS mode was much sharper and as you know, we need all the sharpness we can get with extenders.

Thanks again.

12:35 PM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger Daily Photo Tips! said...

Thanks Canoflan! :)

I look forward to seeing your new blog.

1:26 PM, February 22, 2007  

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