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  • Do NOT use image stabilization!

    by Robinstockphotos | 29th of May, 2014

    No, do not panic if you have it turned on. Image stabilization is a term used for Canon equipment, which is technically stabilization of optical elements inside of a lens to reduce vibration caused by hand movements or vibrations of small magnitude. Getting back to... More
  • Switch off IS when using a tripod - but WHY?

    by Robinstockphotos | 4th of January, 2013

    I think many of you must wonder why you should switch off Image stabilization (IS) when using a tripod? IS was meant to suppress vibrations right? And using it on a tripod might get you really, really sharp pictures? So here is the secret behind it: Your camera has... More
  • Macro Stabilization Tips

    by Crookid | 1st of April, 2011

    The American Toad - Bufo americanus is a quite common species in the Midwest. This charming looking fellow happened to be the cream of the crop, magnificent eyes and very willing to work with me. On this particular day, when this photo was taken, I came upon something I... More
  • Why zooms rock (Part 2)

    by Bradcalkins | 23rd of February, 2011

    A while ago, I did a blog on prime lenses and their strengths - but there is still a case for zooms: 1. When you can't move or can't get closer! People often refer to 'sneaker zoom' with prime lenses - meaning they walk closer or further to adjust framing. That is... More
  • Image stabilization or Vibration Reduction vs Large Aperture lenses

    by Retina2020 | 9th of March, 2009

    The question always arises in a lot of camera and equipment forums ... Should I buy a lens with Image Stabilization (IS) or Vibration Reduction (VR) or buy lenses with larger apertures like F2.8? Of course the best answer is buy a lens with both but what if you can... More
  • Image Stablilization for lenses

    by Bradcalkins | 4th of June, 2008

    Image stabilization in lenses does really work! Sensors in the lens move a set of elements in the lens to compensate for shaking on the photographer's part. If you look through Canon and Nikon's lens lineup, you'll notice that most IS or VR lenses are telephoto. There... More

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