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Image Stabilization (or Vibration Reduction) is a technology used to reduce the effects of camera shake. This is done is several different ways, and different companies use different names. Using this tag This tag applies to all types of image stabilization, regardless of the name or whether ...

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What are the summary rules for when to use image stabilization and when not to?

When I got my DSLR, I took a lot of pics and all of them came excellent, even though I had VR at the "Off" position. Since those came out so well, I wonder when should I turn VR on, and when I ...
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Does the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS offer significant benefit over the Canon EF-S 18-55mm?

Does the Image Stability feature of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS make any difference compared to older non-IS version (Canon EF-S 18-55mm)? Which version is better?
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How to auto-align slight movements in pictures shot for a timelapse?

I have been working on a project that I have been documenting for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the camera mount I built causes slight movements of the camera. Therefore between days there are ...
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What's the difference between the lenses EF-S 18-55 DC III and EF-S 18-55 IS II?

I'm planning on purchasing a Canon 1100D with an image stabilized lens. However, I've found two offers with different lenses. Can you explain to me the difference? Canon EOS 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS ...
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Do Professional and Semi professional cameras have “steadyshot” technology?

Do professional and semi professional cameras have good optical image stabilization, sometimes called steady shot?
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Will camera body automatically adjust for IS lens?

If I'm using a lens with image stabilization will my camera body detect this and automatically lower the required shutter speed? For example, say I set an aperture of f4 with a non-IS lens, and I ...
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Image Stabilization in Lens vs Body: Which is Cheaper?

Is Image Stabilization better in the lens or the body? Someone already asked that. But I'm trying to make a purchasing decision. It seems that the short answer to my title question is that it's ...
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How useful is in-lens image stabilisation at long zoom lengths on micro 4/3?

I have a Panasonic G3 with the 14-42mm kit lens. I am now looking for a second lens and would like to start with a longer kit-zoom. Something to go from around my kit lens' 42mm up to the 150mm kind ...
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Will the Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS provide significant benefit over non IS for basketball and volleyball?

I am trying to figure out if I really need the image stabilization feature at almost double the cost. I am a freelancer and shoot sports. During basketball and volleyball contests I am using the Sigma ...
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Is it possible to get precise framing with an unstabilized lens with a long focal length?

The longest lens I normally shoot with is a 70mm prime — a 35mm-e of 105mm on my APS-C DSLR. I'm trying out the DA★ 200mm f/2.8, though, and the thing people always say about a stabilized viewfinder ...
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What is the rule for shutter speed in macro photography?

The common rule of thumb is that for handheld photography, shutter speed needs to be the inverse of focal length or shorter to avoid blur caused by camera shake; image stabilization gives you a factor ...
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Will lack of image stabilization be a problem if I'm using a tripod?

I have been looking in to the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro for both its macro and telephoto capability, and noticed it does not have an optical image stabilizer. I'm still new to photography ...
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What situation might cause a camera Lens to lose its Image stabilization ability?

Are there such situation(s) that can cause a camera (can be a point and shoot camera or a DSLR Lens) Lens to lose its image stabilization ability?
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Should 5-axis Image Stabilisation work on exposures greater than 1/60 second?

Last week I purchased an Olympus Pen EP5 from Jessops. The camera works well for me, except for image stabilisation. I've tried the different stabilisation modes, and checking the focal length but ...
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Sony Alpha 7 - Tripod and IS Damage?

I recently purchased a Sony A7 and I am currently learning photography! I am using the Zeiss 24-75mm lens with in-lens image stabilization(IS). I read on B&H that you may damage the IS if you use ...
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Image stabilization versus ISO speed

I want to do hand-held, natural-light photography in low-light situations, e.g. inside a room with a small window on a rainy day. No tripod, no flash. I assume that compared to a tripod, image ...
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At what focal range does it make sense to have Image Stabilization turned on when using a Tripod?

I was always under the impression that one should turn off the Image stabilization when using a tripod but when I see lenses with long focal length (300mm, 600mm etc...) comes with IS on them. ...
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Can I activate VR using the AF-on button instead of a shutter half-press on my Nikon DSLR?

Usually I use the AF-on button on my Nikon D300 to focus when shooting sports. This way I can focus on the center, recompose, and be ready when something interesting happens. When using a lens with ...
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When should I turn off image stabilization? [duplicate]

I've read a bunch of the questions here about image stabilization, but I don't see any concrete examples/proof or references with regards to the benefits of turning off image stabilization. I've got ...
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What is the noise my Canon 100mm macro makes when image stabilization is enabled?

I'm currently using a brand new Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro lens. I noticed that when IS is enabled and I press the button mid-air (no shoot), I hear a little noise. Is it the image stabilizer? With IS ...
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Is there any reason to disable VR in Nikon lenses? [duplicate]

Is there any reason to disable VR in Nikon lenses? Perhaps it is safer to storage/carry lenses with VR disabled? Or, maybe with very small shorted speed VR decrease quality of picture?
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Are there DSLRs that embed image stabilisation info in EXIF data?

Are there DSLR:s (or any other camera for that matter) that embed image stabilisation info in EXIF data? I can't recall I've ever seen that. If not — why not? It seems like a useful marker.
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Is it normal to hear a noise when shaking a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR?

Whenever I shake the back side of the lens near my ear, I hear a sound, like something is moving inside the lens. However, it is working properly when mounted. Is this normal?
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Nikon D3200 battery drain out quickly

My Nikon 3200 battery drains out quickly. When the company says 500 to 600 photos in a complete charge, I am getting only 70 to 100 photos(without flash and manual focusing) in a full charge. Is it ...
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How does the Canon EF 75-300mm USM III compare to the Canon EF 70-300mm USM IS?

The Canon EF 75-300mm USM III lens costs 179$ on Amazon whereas the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens costs 500$. Now the differences I see are: The 70-300mm has IS The 70-300mm has 8 diaphragm ...
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Is this sound normal for a Nikkor 55-200 VR?

I just bought a Nikkor 55-200 mm 1:4-5.6G ED for my D5000 and I found that if VR is enabled two things happen after I half press the shutter, wait for the lens to focus and release it: I hear a ...
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Is this VR malfunction? — viewfinder image becomes unstable again after a few seconds

I got a factory refurbished Nikon 70-300 mm VR lens a few days ago. At 300 mm the effect of vibration reduction (VR) is clearly visible in the viewfinder. The image becomes stable a second or so ...
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What are IS modes and what are their purposes?

After reading the answer by Bill to this question became curious about IS modes. So, What is basically IS mode? Does all lens comes with various IS modes? And what are various situations to use these ...
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Image stabilization in interchangeable lens camera body?

Are there any interchangeable lens cameras which have image stabilization in their body too? If yes, does it help more to compensate images's shakiness or will it negatively affect the lens' image ...
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Slowest shutter speed possible using a monopod?

What would be the slowest shutter speed possible while using a monopod and would it make more sense having IS turned on while using a monopod for slow shutter speed?
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How do I choose among the following lens of 55-250 IS, 70-300 IS and VS 75-300?

Sorry by this specific question, but I'm pretty crazy here looking for a difference. I've got to buy a lens tomorrow (I leave my country in 2 days) I could see the difference between 55-250 and 70-300,...
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When to use exposure delay?

I recently found an option "Exposure delay" to minimize vibration. But is it necessary to use when you have VR on the lens? And does it do anything "extra/meaningful" by using both the VR and Exposure ...
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What is the minimum shutter speed for handheld? [duplicate]

I've heard different rule of thumbs for shutter speed. Some will say that it should be no slower than 1/60. Some will say that it should be 1/Focal length. Yet some others will say that to be ...
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Is the image stabilization of Fuji X-S1 enough to make photos with largest zoom from hand?

I've found Fuji X-S1 quite interesting but I haven't found answer to the question that is important to me: According to the specification the camera has build-in image stabilization. It has also ...
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Is there any difference in image stabilization in smartphone camera and DSLR camera?

Nowadays, there are a lot of smartphones which offer OIS in their camera. I wonder if there is any difference compared to the lenses in DSLR camera. And most DSLR lenses are rated 3-4 stop IS, how ...
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Why most Nikon-mountable prime lens don't have image stabilization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it true that there are no stabilized prime lenses (and if so, why)? I've seen that most fixed-focal length lens available for Nikon don't have VR or other image ...
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How to use Image Stabilization on Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM lens

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM should has up to 3-stops stabilizer. I'm not sure if I'm using it wrong or it's a marketing tool for Canon. In many low light situation I found that my photo will be ...
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Why is in-camera stabilization not popular? [closed]

As per question, why is it most of the camera does not have stabilization in the camera body, and the IS has to come from the lens? Because if we put the IS in the camera, then we do not need to ...
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What's the difference between using an Image Stabilization and not using it?

So, I want to make decision about buying a telephoto lens, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM. Which annoys me is the IS function, my friends asked me "what ...
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Image stabilization versus aperture [duplicate]

I want to do hand-held, natural-light photography in low-light situations, e.g. inside a room with a small window on a rainy day. No tripod, no flash. Canon claims that their "Optical Image ...
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Optical or Digital Image stabilization?

Which is better? The digital or optical stabilization? Are there any differences between them?
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What is 5-axis optical stabilisation? How does it work?

Some cameras like the Olympus E-M1 have what's called 5-axis optical stabilisation, which produces reasonably sharp handheld photos even at 1.6 seconds: Source (search for "HANDHELD AT 1.6 SECONDS ...
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Pentax k-30: can i buy all lens not stabilized?

I'm interested to buy a Pentax K-30. I'm wondering : can I buy not stabilized optics because of body' stabilized sensor ? Is the overall image quality comparable to an optic with stabilizer (like ...
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I've dropped my 6d from about 4 feet up. how do I verify I didn't mess up something?

I was sitting at a wedding and talking to a friend animatedly. The camera flew out of my hand and landed lens first and then fell on it's body. My concern is that I messed up the AF or the IS. How ...
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Does having an autofocus motor in body vs lens affect image stabilization or image quality? [duplicate]

In terms of image quality and image stabilization, what difference does it make to have an autofocus motor in-body vs.in-lenses ? The question How do camera body motors compare to in-lens motors for ...
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How do I align/stabilize images for a timelapse?

I've taken a picture of my yard every day for a while now, all from the same angle. I'd like to align them all and crop a bit off the edges so they are stable for a timelapse. Right now there are 450 ...
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Canon 1200D kit lenses vs. XSi kit lenses. Which should I keep?

I recently purchased a Canon 1200D kit in the UK (from Dixon Travel). I also have an older Canon Rebel XSi kit with similar lenses (purchased in the USA, around 6-7 years ago). I am trying to ...
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Check Image Stabilizer function

On my Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC MAKRO OS HSM, I have the impression that the image stabilizer (OS) is broken. If I switch it on, I can see no difference when I look through the camera, the slight ...
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IS auto-shutdown causes SLR to stop detecting lens - Canon 70-200 2.8L IS MK I

I've tested this on my 6D and my friends' 60D. Use case: [Only occurs in Video mode] 1) Activate the IS function during Video mode. Does not have to be recording (but is reproducible in the same ...
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How does the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM compare to Tamron 90mm Di Vc USD? [duplicate]

I have a Canon Eos 650D. I want to buy a macro lens, both for macro and portrait. Everybody tells me the Canon 100mm is better then Tamron. But Tamron has VC. Which lens is better? Which one do you ...