SHOULD I USE 'IMAGE STABILIZER' WHILE MY LENS IS ON A TRIPOD?

July 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

EVER READ WHERE YOUR MANUAL SAID NOT TO USE 'IMAGE STABILIZER' WHILE YOUR LENS WAS ON A TRIPOD AND WONDERED WHY?

Stabilizer Here's what you may have noticed on the side of one of your lenses.  It's a simple 'On' or "Off' choice.  In most cases, it's a good thing to use, with Canon saying that image stabilization on the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is "up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths".  4 stops can be very helpful when you aren't as steady as you'd want to be, especially in less than ideal lighting.

 

But the manual says "... depending on the kind of tripod and shooting conditions, sometimes it may be better to turn off the Image Stabilizer function".  Take a look at this first video, where the Image Stabilizer was set to 'On', and pay attention to the left side of the screen.

On

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice that the image seemed to 'dance' around every slow slightly? 

Now, without changing anything else, let's set the Image Stabilizer to 'Off'.

Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image doesn't shift!  So, next time you want a clean, crisp image, use a tripod, but be sure to turn off Image Stabilizer!


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