Image stabilization shoud be stabilized

Discussion in 'Photography' started by PeterN, Aug 17, 2013.

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    PeterN, Aug 17, 2013
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    1. Do not turn Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization) on unless
    working at shutter speeds lower than the focal length of the lens ­
    it does hurt the sharpness a little.

    crazy idea. turning off stabilization at 1/fl is crazy. that means
    1/50th for a 50mm lenses, which is a relatively slow shutter speed.
    it's the rule of thumb for camera shake but not everyone has stable
    hands. shooting at 1/200th can often benefit from stabilization.

    where stabilization can be a problem is at higher shutter speeds where
    it's shorter than the stabilizer's sampling frequency. that means
    stabilization at high shutter speeds can make things worse. the oft
    cited speed is 1/500th, but it varies depending on the actual
    stabilization system being used.

    2. If you decide to turn Vibration Reduction on, make sure to
    half-press the shutter button for a few seconds to let the
    camera/lens stabilize a little first.

    3. If you shoot right away without stabilizing, it will most likely
    negatively impact the sharpness of your images.

    obviously, the stabilizer takes a moment or two to stabilize and it's
    effect can be seen in the viewfinder.
    Guest, Aug 17, 2013
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    Which was the point of the article.

    When I shoot birds I try to shoot at speeds at or above 1/1000 of a
    second, with with al lens that may range up to 400mm. If I use
    stabilization, where I have to wait that fraction of a second, the shot
    could be lost.
    PeterN, Aug 18, 2013
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    Thank you Peter: a very interesting article. It goes along way to
    explain the puzzling lack of sharpness I experienced when using the
    Nikon 70-200 to photograph the Mosquito (bomber).

    Normally I leave VR turned on and turn it off when I need to (and
    remember :). I think in the future I shall leave it turned off.
    Eric Stevens, Aug 18, 2013
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    keep the button half pressed so the stabilizer is stable. no shots lost.

    however, speeds of 1/1000th *might* be faster than the stabilizer
    sampling frequency so it might be an issue, or it might not. depends on
    the particulars of the system.
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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    leave it on and learn how it works.
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    Your advice differs from that of professions wildlife photographers. It
    is a well known that stabilization only serves to slow down the
    autofocus speed at shutter speeds above 1/500 of a second/ I shoot birds
    in flight at at least twice that speed.


    Of course you are free to do as you wish.
    PeterN, Aug 18, 2013
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    Themaker told me that all the birson this website were shot with IS off.
    Yes, a tripod was usedfor many of them, but others were hand held.


    it's up to the maker to do as he wishes. All I do is point out issues
    that i sometimes find.
    PeterN, Aug 18, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    I learned that about two years ago, whne my images were not as sharp as
    I thought they should be. VR is great, but just like other technology,
    there is a place for its use.
    I would not use speed control of my car, on city streets.
    PeterN, Aug 18, 2013
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    why buy a stabilized lens if you're not going to use the stabilization?

    shooting birds with a stabilized lens is much easier because you can
    keep the bird where you want in the frame, since the stabilization
    stabilizes what you see in the viewfinder. this also helps autofocus
    and exposure too.

    those with in-camera stabilization don't get this benefit because the
    viewfinder is not stabilized, only the sensor.

    otherwise, it's hard to keep it steady, especially at longer focal
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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    first of all, he said nothing about wildlife. stabilized lenses are
    very useful in far more situations than just wildlife.

    second, it might be different from one wildlife photographer, but
    certainly not all of them.
    it's not well known at all, since it doesn't do that.

    stabilization *helps* autofocus speed because what the autofocus
    sensors see is not constantly jumping around, one moment on the bird
    and the next moment off the bird.

    with stabilization, you can keep the viewfinder on the bird, under the
    selected focus point (unless you're using tracking focus, which is
    useful in some situations).

    the issue he describes, using stabilization with shutter speeds over
    1/500th, has to do with the stabilizer sampling frequency, which i
    already mentioned. it does not affect autofocus.
    as is everyone.
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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    PeterN Guest

    for appropriate times, such as low light shots when longer exposures are
    needed. If you have doubts, Google is your friend. There is also a
    discussion of this in DPreview.

    VR off:
    < flying1.jpg>

    VR off:

    < about to land.jpg>

    VR off:

    < the next buildeer.jpg>

    VR onL

    <'s Mine.jpg>

    Do you see the pattern.

    See above. do some esearch.
    Do as you wish. I letr my results do the talking.
    PeterN, Aug 18, 2013
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    Stop shifting. The core issue is that stabilization does not help an
    image at high shutter speeds. In fact it hurts the image for reasons
    stated in the article.
    You are opining agianst the weight of authority on this issue.
    PeterN, Aug 18, 2013
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    I buy stabilised lenses because I can't get the lens I want without
    Eric Stevens, Aug 18, 2013
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    You are confusing autofocus as a process with focus as it affects
    sharpness of the image. What good is is getting a fast autofocus if
    the image is moving on the sensor at the time of exposure?
    Eric Stevens, Aug 18, 2013
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    i'm not shifting anything.
    nope. it *can* hurt the image because of the stabilization sampling
    frequency versus the shutter speed, but it doesn't always hurt the

    it also has nothing whatsoever to do with affecting autofocus.
    not at all. i understand how the technology works.

    there can be an issue at higher shutter speeds, but *not* for the
    reasons he claims. he is mistaken as to why.

    even someone unfamiliar with how stabilization actually works would
    realize that the autofocus and stabilization systems are independent.
    if anything, a stabilized view *helps* the autofocus system because the
    subject is not moving around the frame as much.
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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    Bird Photography Tip #10: Don¹t skimp on Image Stabilization. It is
    unfortunate that image stabilized lenses often come at a premium,
    because some photographers opt for the cheaper lens without image
    stabilization.  Especially for telephoto lenses, your image
    stabilization will be absolutely vital to the success of your
    photography of birds in flight.

    The best bird photographers in the world will tell you that they
    cannot live without their 500mm and 600mm lenses, preferably with
    optical stabilization + teleconverters.
    that's the farthest thing from a controlled test possible.
    i have.

    now take your own advice.
    your results are meaningless. they're not a controlled test of anything.
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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    exactly why you want stabilization!

    note that there is a panning mode, where you can pan to follow a
    subject and it stabilizes the up/down direction. this can be quite
    useful for birds in flight but less useful for one perched on a branch.
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    You are up to your old trick of evading my meaning. Let's try again:

    You are confusing autofocus as a process with focus as it affects
    sharpness of the image. What good is image stabilisation assisting you
    get a fast autofocus if image stabilisation leads to the image moving
    on the sensor at the time of exposure?
    Eric Stevens, Aug 18, 2013
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    Guest Guest

    i'm not evading anything, nor is it 'my old trick'.

    image stabilization is leads to the image *not* moving on the sensor.
    that's the whole point! it also helps autofocus attain focus since the
    focus points are on the same parts of the subject.

    however, like everything, stabilization has its limits and using it
    outside of those limits can potentially be worse (but not always). one
    such limit is high shutter speeds, and that's not due to autofocus
    Guest, Aug 18, 2013
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