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Ted’s Photo Tips: Image Stabilization

Using Image Stabilization  

Many new cameras and lenses have Image-Stabilizers. For this Wednesday Ted’s Photo Tips, let’s look into Image Stabilization.


What is Image Stabilization?

Different manufacturers use different terms to describe pretty much the same feature, IMAGE STABILIZER! They call it VR (Vibration Reduction), IS (Image Stabilizer), STEADY SHOT, SHAKE REDUCTION, etc. But, what is it?

Generally speaking, Image Stabilization reduces the chance of camera shakes when using slower shutter speed. It won’t prevent blur from the motion of the subject, though. Faster shutter speed is the correct choice for freezing moving subjects.  

Different Types of Image Stabilizations:

There are two leading technologies for Image Stabilizer; “In lens” and “In Camera.”

In-Lens or in-Camera Image Stabilization?

In-lens Image Stabilizer stabilizes the image by floating lens elements inside the lens barrel “Lens-Shift.” Though, in-camera stabilizing works by floating the sensor inside the camera. That is why experts use the term “Sensor-Shift” for this technology.

Which Technolgy is Better, “Lens-Shift” or “Sensor-Shift?”

It has been a long debate among photographers and manufacturers around this topic! In short, the image stabilization technologies have improved a lot, that hardly these debates make sense anymore!

Using Image Stabilization improves pictures’ sharpness, and that is the point!

However, if you have Image Stabilization in both your camera body and your lens, you can only use one or the other, NOT BOTH.

Image Stabilization in the Lens

Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization reduces Camera-shake, and produces sharper images.

When to Turn Off Image Stabilizer?

As a rule of thumb, you may want to keep it on all the time for routine shootings. However, You MUST turn off Image-Stabilizer when using a tripod, or the shutter speed is faster than 1/2000sec.  

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