Image stabilization on big glass on a tripod?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Brian Stirling, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. All I have seen so far indicates that IS is to be used handheld and
    turned off when mounted on a tripod. But, if a 600mm f/4 lens is too
    big to handhold then how is the IS function used when these big lenses
    are mounted on a tripod?


    Brian Stirling, Nov 7, 2004
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  2. Brian Stirling

    Guest Guest

    I suppose you would have to use IS if you put that lovely lens on a rickety
    old Slik tripod. Otherwise use a tripod that will be stable enough for the
    total weight of gear you intend to place on top.
    Guest, Nov 7, 2004
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  3. Brian Stirling

    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: Brian Stirling
    This is wrong ... the Nikon VR and all except the first four Canon IS lenses
    work fine on a tripod. They sense if it's very stable and squelch the VR/IS,
    or use IS/VR if the tripod isn't perfectly stable. This is transparent to the
    Leave IS on (there are no VR lenses for comparable focal lengths) unless you're
    using MLU. If shooting fast moving birds with a fast shutter speed you might
    turn it off too since IS delays AF a slight bit.

    Using IS is why Canon shooters can get sharp images with the 2x converter (ie,
    1,200 mm @ f/8 on a light carbon fiber tripod), something you can't reliably do
    with non-IS lenses. Also you often don't have the tripod head fully locked
    down so you can follow motion if shooting an animal, for instance, so even on a
    tripod IS is invaluable.

    Bill Hilton, Nov 7, 2004
  4. Brian Stirling

    Skip M Guest

    One place it is useful is on a monopod. Those guys you see on the side
    lines with those monster lenses aren't hand holding them, nor are they using
    Also on a tripod on less than stable surfaces like a bridge or dock.
    Skip M, Nov 7, 2004
  5. Brian Stirling

    Mark M Guest

    At that focal length, there is often movement even on a tripod--even if
    The newer generations of IS will reduce even these tiny movements on a
    Mark M, Nov 8, 2004
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