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 Post subject: Image stabilizer...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:07 am 
the "dreamy water" video tutorial got me wondering. At one point it talks about turnin on the IS if my shutter speed is getting slow.... I had my IS on at all time! Is there a disavantage of leaving it on? Will it affect my faster shutter speed photos?


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 Post subject: Re: Image stabilizer...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:19 am 
Ok, just watched the "night photo" tutorials and its mentionned to take off the IS when on a tripod because it might destabilize the photo by try to "fix" something thats not there... Kinf of answers my first question but still any comments can always help. Ex: when on a boat or a bus at 1/250 would you pop the IS or since we re at 1/250 you wouldn t bother?


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 Post subject: Re: Image stabilizer...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:49 am 
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It depends on the lens of course, but in general I find it better to have IS on when you don't need it, than to have it off when you do. Some claim IS can make things worse at a fast shutter speed, but I haven't experienced that myself. So if in doubt, leave it on and only turn it off when you know you have to e.g. like on a solid tripod. On a wobbly tripod, I'd still leave IS on!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:51 pm 
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Tamron recommends turning off VC while in a moving vehicule such as a car, but I personally haven't bothered with it. I keep my VC/IS on all the time, except if I'm on a tripod and notice something going wonky.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:29 pm 
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If shooting for HDR then IS can sometimes try and adjust the image a little between shots. If shooting on a tripod and for multiple exposures I would turn IS off. Other than that I keep it on.

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