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Should you turn IS off or not; read what Canon Engineers say.
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Mar 17, 2017 10:49:34   #
selmslie (a regular here)
 
camerapapi wrote:
I do not use Canon cameras and lenses. Till now Nikon has recommended to have VR off if the camera is on a tripod. I got the same answer from Olympus.
If I am not using long teles, like my old 80-400 VR I go to shutter priority and keep my shutter speeds way pass the focal length of the lens in use. That for hand held pictures only.
When using my long lens I keep VR on irrespective of shutter speed in use. It is a fact that VR uses more juice but that should not stop anyone from using it. In my humble experience AF is not affected by using VR.
I cannot discuss more modern lenses with VR because I do not know how they behave.
A tripod, when possible, has always been a very steady platform. VR is convenient and is of great help when a tripod cannot be used.
I do not use Canon cameras and lenses. Till now Ni... (show quote)

The explanation of IS from Canon is clear and plausible, regardless of who wrote the article, and I can't find anything from Nikon for their VR to contradict it.

There is a difference between IS/VR that uses shifting of the sensor (as Sony does it in my A7) vs. shifting of some optical elements within the lens like Nikon does it. I suspect that Canon does it the same as Nikon. It can make a difference if only the subject or the camera is moving or if both are moving.

Personally, I leave VR/IS off all of the time on the Sony and rely on high shutter speed unless I am hand-holding in low light and then I don't count on more than a stop of extra aperture. I only have a couple of lenses for the Nikon and the VR is not in the camera body. I don't have any really long and expensive lenses and I seldom shoot action.

As with all other obscure technical questions, it is easy to do your own testing and see which way actually works for you and your subject matter. There is no point in trying to out-Google each other unless you just enjoy arguing.

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Mar 17, 2017 10:51:08   #
machia
 
camerapapi wrote:
I do not use Canon cameras and lenses. Till now Nikon has recommended to have VR off if the camera is on a tripod. I got the same answer from Olympus.
If I am not using long teles, like my old 80-400 VR I go to shutter priority and keep my shutter speeds way pass the focal length of the lens in use. That for hand held pictures only.
When using my long lens I keep VR on irrespective of shutter speed in use. It is a fact that VR uses more juice but that should not stop anyone from using it. In my humble experience AF is not affected by using VR.
I cannot discuss more modern lenses with VR because I do not know how they behave.
A tripod, when possible, has always been a very steady platform. VR is convenient and is of great help when a tripod cannot be used.
I do not use Canon cameras and lenses. Till now Ni... (show quote)

I've gotten fabulous shots when I didn't have image stabilization . Just learn how to hold your camera , brace it up against a tree etc .
IS or VR is nice to have though !

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Mar 17, 2017 13:25:18   #
Virgil
 
If it doesn't work for you, just type it in!!

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Mar 17, 2017 13:33:39   #
Jer
 
He says its "generally" a good idea. A 1/10 sec in a fast moving sport is a lifetime. However, he does say if it hurts composition, turn it off. Also, you should be on a tripod or mono-pod. Handholding with IS on can create problems. For example, if you are hand-holding at a decent fast shutter and you have fast moving action (runners) you photos may not come out as sharp (or a little blurry) as when you turned of the IS. That's because IS can't compensate well for camera movement and subject movement, especially at a distance.
Bottom line, find out what works for you.

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