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Why is there ghosting when using flash on tripod with image stabilization?

Looks like it's related to image stabilization as Tetsujin suggested. Managed to replicate the issue. Switched off the IS and the Ghosting went away. It is a new IS lens (Latest Sigma 105mm macro IS)....
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Why is there ghosting when using flash on tripod with image stabilization?

Sigma's product manual says: Please do not use Optical Stabilization in the following situations. When the lens is mounted on a tripod Bulb (long time exposure) As I understand it, ...
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Why does Image Stabilization have a Limit?

What makes it stop working after a while? Educated guess: Error. An image stabilization system is like navigation by dead reckoning, in which you figure out where you are based on what you know ...
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Telephoto lens: is optical stabilization important?

If you're shooting with a tripod ­— a good, solid one, not a sub-$100 deal — image stabilization isn't very important. If you're shooting in a controlled environment with strobes, it's not very ...
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Why does Image Stabilization have a Limit?

I suspect that one main problem is accumulated error. No measurement is perfect. There's always an error. The image stabilisation has to measure the relative movement of the camera and counteract it....
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Does IBIS reduce image resolution? How does it compare to lens based IS?

There's only one way I could image IBIS to work without resolution reduction: if the sensor area was significantly bigger than the area exposed to light, so that there's still sensor available when it ...
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Shutter speed -vs- effective image stabilisation

Image Stabilizations only compensates for camera movements. IS has no effect on subject movements. None. Zero. Nada. If your subject is moving, only a shorter exposure time ("faster shutter speed") ...
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Why does Image Stabilization have a Limit?

You are correct that if the motion were cyclical and never exceeded the limits of the stabilization systems maximum travel then it should be able to last indefinitely. But if motion is in the same ...
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Is the lack of image stabilisation on lens a major drawback for photo shooting the moon?

I have found these lens Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G in a very good price. I am planning to use them mainly to take pictures of the moon. I am aware that this lens does not have image stabilisation. Is ...
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How to align a stack of images for a timelapse with FOSS tools

Hugin has a tutorial on their website, which made for a good starting point. Tools needed: Hugin ImageMagick Bash shell Create a Hugin project Start Hugin and be sure to select Interface > ...
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How to twist focus ring without shaking camera?

All tripods are not equal. Even with follow focus types of levers, you still need a more substantial tripod to shoot video when operating the camera with physical inputs than you need to shoot stills ...
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How to twist focus ring without shaking camera?

The multi-exposure suggestion of @junkyardsparkle is best for a sudden transition, but for a smooth one, add a handle to the ring so that you can apply only tangential force. For example, apply a hose-...
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How many extra stops do monopods offer for tele photographs?

The monopod removes three degrees of liberty: distance from ground is fixed, and roll and pitch are linked to position in space. But you are overlooking that you are no longer lifting the (...
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Image stabilization with monopod: on or off?

The correct answer totally depends upon the specific lens and also upon the manner in which you desire to use it. Even when using a lens on a tripod, some lenses require you to turn IS off, some do ...
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Why is my picture blurry?

All in all for the shutter time and subject matter you did very well to get a photo as clean as you did. Here are the causes of the imperfections you notice in your photo: The people in the photo ...
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Why is my picture blurry?

... I thought it could have been caused by either poor lens quality, bad auto-focus, or motion blur, or is it perhaps something else? If the problem is motion blur, you typically see a slight double-...
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If my Nikon DSLR camera came with a non-VR lens, do I need to buy a new camera to use VR lenses?

Your camera is an interchangeable lens camera. You can buy other lenses with the Nikon mount and use any of them. That includes lenses with VR — vibration reduction — even if the lens which came with ...
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Why does Image Stabilization have a Limit?

According to Olympus themselves, the rotation of the earth is stopping them going beyond 6.5 stops (and then something to do with the gyroscope). I read this on an article today on PetaPixel, who ...
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How to twist focus ring without shaking camera?

Assuming there's nothing going on in the scene, you could shoot it as a time-lapse: take one frame of the initial focus, take number of intermediate focus steps that you want (duration of change in ...
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How to take pixel-for-pixel aligned pictures with a DSLR and iPhone 7?

Garbage-In, Garbage-Out A big problem with using DSLR photos as "ground truth" for the improvement of cell-phone photos is the assumption that DSLR photos are necessarily better than cell phone ...
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How bad is it to have a telelens without VR?

The general rule of thumb is that, for a non-vr lens, a photographer of average skill can take a stable image at a shutter speed of 1/{focal length}. So at full zoom, 1/300 of a second shutter speed ...
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How many extra stops do monopods offer for tele photographs?

It's instructive to look where monopods are most often used: sporting events, and shooting wildlife. In all of these cases, it's not a matter of "how many stops" a monopod can provide. It's simply a ...
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Should 5-axis Image Stabilisation work on exposures greater than 1/60 second?

This is generally not true. The image stabilization should be helping in that range. However, you can't expect miracles. Olympus claims 5 stops of stabilization on that model, and, taking that down ...
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Why does Image Stabilization have a Limit?

The numbers don't really reflect any kind of hard limit, they reflect a probability. We can consider camera shake effectively random, so any shot has a chance of being blurred by camera shake. The ...
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Why does Image Stabilization have a Limit?

The photographer and the camera are essentially open-loop system. The photographer gives the input by pointing the camera on the subject, and the camera has no means to influence this input. Because ...
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Hand-Held Gimbal vs Image Stabilization

Do the benefits of a gimbal combine with in-body or optical image stabilization? Yes it does, a gimbal counters macro movements while IS counter micro movements. They do work combined, although a ...
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Is my Tamron lens VC (image stabilisation) working properly for long exposure photos taken with a tripod?

It looks like movement (primarily vertical) during the exposure. I understand you think the tripod was steady, but I think the parallel doubled mountain range and background seems to indicate that ...
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Image stabilization in interchangeable lens camera body?

Panasonic does this on some of their camera bodies (debuting in the GX8). In this case, both systems work together for cumulative benefit. They call this Dual Image Stabilization — but beware, because ...
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Is the lack of image stabilisation on lens a major drawback for photo shooting the moon?

If you use a tripod, image stabilisation is not necessary. If shooting hand-held, image stabilisation can become important. Given the rule of thumb that 1/focal length is the longest hand-holdable ...
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Where does the ¹/shutter speed = focal length rule for hand shake come from?

There's lots of good information in the other answers which we'll not repeat here, but one important thing that has been hinted at hasn't been explicitly mentioned: Pretty much all of the "rules of ...
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