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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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Should I keep Image Stabilization (IS) off when I do not actually need it?

I own a Canon 7D and a EF-S 15-85 IS lens and I keep the image stabilization turned on all the time. Recently, an experienced photographer told me that this is a huge mistake because it reduces image ...
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How much benefit can one expect from a monopod?

I'm thinking about getting a combined monopod/trekking pole, as I use a trekking pole already and I can't really be bothered to carry a heavy tripod into the hills during daylight. I'm wondering how ...
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How does Image Stabilization / Vibration Reduction work?

I know the effect of IS and VR, but what exactly is going on when they're enabled... how do they work from a technical standpoint?
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What are some techniques for hand-held image stabilization?

My zoom lens (75-300mm) is fairly slow: 5.6 at its farthest point. (I think it's 3.5-5.6, and it's not image stabilizing. I'm on a budget, sadly!) Unfortunately, my primary use for it is hand-held ...
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For sports photography, should I use image stabilization or a faster lens?

For sports, I know that a faster lens would usually be considered more important than image stabilization, but what if, after selecting your shutter speed, your camera is picking apertures that don't ...
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Is Image Stabilization better in the lens or the body? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between in-lens image stabilizing and in-sensor image stabilizing? Some DSLR manufacturers have image stabilization (IS) in the body of their ...
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Why there is no Canon 50mm *IS* lens?

Canon's 50mm prime lenses are all non-IS (Image Stabilization) for some reason. Considering the popularity of these range primes, shouldn't Canon be interested in shipping a new, optically improved IS ...
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Is it true that there are no stabilized prime lenses (and if so, why)?

Fast prime lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens work nicely in low-light situations. But I'm quite sure they would work even more nicely if they had optical image stabilizers. It seems to me that no ...
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How can I determine the minimum shutter speed to avoid blur from camera shake?

How can I determine the minimum shutter speed at which I can effectively avoid camera shake while hand-holding the camera?
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Should I switch off image stabilization when photographing my 2 year old?

A large percentage of my photos of my 2 year old appear to be blurred. I know one of the problems is that she will not sit still for a second, but I am using a fast shutter speed. Could IS be ...
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Why is image stabilisation making images unsharp?

During vacations and travel I tend to use my Nikon D90 and a 18-200 VR (image stabilisation) lens. I was very annoyed (and had no explanation) when I found images to be unsharp, which had be made in ...
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Should I turn off optical image stabilisation when shooting long-exposure photos?

I have a Canon SX210 IS. With CHDK, I usually take photos of more than 10 minutes at night (using tripod of course). I read somewhere it is recommended to turn off the mechanical image stabilization ...
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Image stabilization in aerial photography

Is image stabilization useful when shooting from a flying plane or helicopter?
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Can I damage an IS lens by moving it too quickly?

The other day, I was using my Canon 500D with the EF-S 55-250 IS lens. A couple of times after focusing I tried to recompose the picture, and noticed the image in the view finder suddenly shifted. ...
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How useful is image stabilisation below 200mm, really?

Image stabilisation is all the rage, and hardly a new lens from Nikon or Canon is missing this "crucial" feature. To me this seems to be the new megapixel race (like when the manufacturers tried to ...
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Why does using flash sometimes create these white spots in the photo?

I have an Olympus FE-190. When I take a picture, with flash on Digital Image Stabilizer (DIS) mode, I get white spots in pictures. This doesn't happen always. There is only an option called Pixel ...
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Where does the ¹/shutter speed = focal length rule for hand shake come from?

The generally accepted rule of thumb is that the shutter speed must be the same or larger than the inverse of the focal length. As is, it seems that it makes no sense as is: On a 24 Mpixels ...
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When removing a lens, does Image Stabilization need to be turned off on the lens?

I am taking a photograph course and the instructor, who repairs cameras, says it is extremely important to turn off the Image Stabilization on the lens before you remove it from the camera. He says ...
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Does image stabilization make things worse if it doesn't have time to “settle”?

My camera uses sensor-shift (in-camera) image stabilization, which Pentax calls "Shake Reduction". This is activated on shutter half-press, and takes as long as a second to "settle" — if I take a ...
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How can I use image stabilization to make a moving subject clear?

Image stabilizers in digital cameras are available for shooting moving/shaking snapshots clearly. The image stabilizers try to focus the moving object and reduce the shaking. However, I have set the ...
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Which is better: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM (without IS)?

Simple question: Which lens is better? The L Series (non-IS) Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM or the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM? I am an enthusiast and usually shoot landscape, my kids playing ...
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What happens if stabilization is in the lens and also the body?

This is related to "Is Image Stabilization better in the lens or the body?" - there are lenses with stabilization built-in, and there are bodies with it built-in. What if a stabilizing lens is ...
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Is it necessary to turn off lens-based VR before turning off the camera?

I just bought a D3100 and started reading its manual. On the lens' Vibration Reduction chapter it said that the VR should be turned off before turning off the camera, every time I use it. Is it really ...
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Are there practical differences between Canon's IS and Nikon's VR?

I'm wondering if one brand performs better or if they behave differently under different circumstances. Do the same limitations here apply to Canon IS? Obviously some of them do (like IS won't help ...
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Why do we have to disable stabilization when we use a tripod?

Why do we have to disable IS or VR when we use a tripod?
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What software could I use for aligning time lapse stills to remove camera shake?

I've been playing around with some time lapse sequences shot from the roof of our building in New York. It's terribly windy and the resulting sequence exhibits some slight camera shake. I'm seeking ...
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Does the image stabilizer on Canon lenses decrease the overall image quality?

When I'm shooting hand-held during the day, when the light is strong enough for the camera to shoot at 1/2000 and slower (therefore the image stabilizer should be useless, right?), should I disable ...
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How does tripod sensing image stabilization work on a lens?

Does the camera body have any sensor in the tripod mount to sense when a tripod head is attached? Or does the lens sense the stability to determine whether it is mounted on a tripod? The main reason ...
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Should I turn off image stabilization on my lens when using flash?

I seem to remember reading that you should turn off lens image stabilization when using on camera flash? Is that right? If so why?
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What are the benefits and costs of an image stabilized, slower lens vs a non-IS faster lens?

I am going thru a trade off decision between a 24-70 f2.8 lens and a 24-105 f4 IS lens from Canon. My dilemma is that the 24-105 focal length better matches my needs, but the f2.8 would occasionally ...
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How come there are no 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses with image stabilization?

There definitely aren't any Canon or Nikon lenses. I also have not seen any third party lenses. I can think of two reasons for this: There is some technical limitation (which I tend to doubt since ...
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Why are there no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography?

Why are there (at least to my knowledge) no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography. It seems like a great solution to obtain a lightweight DSLR for both landscape and portrait ...
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How useful is image stabilization in a macro lens?

When looking at the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM and the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM the biggest differentiation is the included image stabilization(also the MTF chart, and "L" designation). How useful ...
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How much different are the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 stabilized (VC) and non-stabilized versions?

I have seen these 2 lenses being suggested by many people across the site as general purpose zooms and an upgrade to the typical 18-55mm kit lenses. The price difference seems to be around $200 (~INR ...
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Do vibration-resistant lenses need tripods for ultra-sharp landscapes?

Does it make sense to use vibration-resistant lenses for ultra-sharp landscapes? I mean when the F is 16, we'll have to lower the shutter speed to a great deal. So, if I use a VR lens, will I still ...
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Is Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 stabilized, can it be used for handheld shots?

Has a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 got an Image Stabiliser? Following an answer to a previous question re my wifes Canon EOS 450D in which Jrista suggested the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens rather than the ...
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Does my Canon 24-105mm have an issue with IS?

I have a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. After using this lens for a day or so, I have noticed a problem with the image stabilizer. It works fine with slow shutter speeds at F/4, but causes a lot of ...
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What reduces blur from camera movement more: large aperture or image stabilisation?

In the reviews of lenses with image stabilisation systems there are quite often written the quality of its performance represented by the number of f-stops (2-4 f-stops). As far as I understand, it ...
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Does the Canon 7D have noise reduction, and does it matter?

I have been doing shooting with a Rebel XSi for about 5 years now as a hobby, and want to step it up a bit. I am looking at getting a 7D, but I was advised to get the T4i instead. The main arguments ...
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Does Av mode on my Canon DSLR take IS into account when deciding shutter speed and ISO?

Most of the time when I'm out I'm shooting, my camera is in Av mode. I've selected the aperture size I want and I'm letting the camera decide on the correct shutter speed and ISO that are required to ...
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Will I regret buying an older lens that doesn't autofocus or have image stabilization with my Nikon D5000?

I am planning to buy a Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens. It doesn't autofocus on the D5000 but for the price, I think it's a good choice of lens for portrait. What do you think? ...
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Slower VR lens vs faster non VR, which one is better for hand held in low light?

I have a Nikkor 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D. The latter is obviously a faster lens and as such better in low light, but (assuming the zoom lens is set to 50mm), which one ...
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Are manufacturers' Image Stabilisation ratings for zoom lenses deceptive?

I've been considering getting an L-series zoom lens, and the two that I am looking at are the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS, and the 24-70mm f/2.8L. Aside from the extra reach of the 24-105, the main ...
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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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What features really matter in a point and shoot camera?

I am planning to buy my first new digital camera. Now I am too confused for more than 20 days about how I can choose a camera. I want to use the camera for domestic purpose. The Canon IXUS 220 HS ...
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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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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 ...