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    Hi,

    I remember reading years ago the importance of turning off IS on my old E-510 if using a tripod. This is a practice I have tried to follow with my E-5 but often forget! Saying that, when I have forgotten, I haven't noticed a difference. I have My Set 4 set up for long exposures and it is turned off for that.

    Reading around the subject there are suggestions that it is unnecessary with the newer m4/3 cameras. Has anyone else had experience with the E-5 and noticed any difference between I.S. on or off for tripod work?

    Leading on from this, I wonder whether I would be better off turning it off at shutter speeds>1/1000 sec (between 200-300mm) when shooting birds in flight. Does IS with a panning action cause softness? My experimenting seems to suggest it might, even when set to IS2 which has the horizontal stabiliser turned off.



    Reading this thread
    I am wondering whether the IS might be contributing to the softness seen in the images of birds in flight, with the IS fighting against the deliberate movement of the camera.


    Using traditional wisdom about minimum shutter speeds, if I am shooting 300 mm on 4/3 I need a minimum of 1/600 second to hand-hold. Shooting birds I try to achieve 1/1000 or faster, so I wonder if I.S. is necessary.


    Thanks

    Ivor

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    Re: Image stabilisation on E-5

    I must admit that on the E5 my IS is set to off most of the time, only going on when I feel I need it. Nothing better than trying to get a high shutter speed.
    Not being a great user of tripods I can't comment.

    With the OM-D's it's a different matter and I tend to set IS on and forget about it.
    All the best

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    • #3
      Re: Image stabilisation on E-5

      Thank-you Andy. I am off to the Farnes this week to photography puffins. I'll turn the IS off and the shutter speed up!

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        Re: Image stabilisation on E-5

        Originally posted by Ivor View Post
        I am off to the Farnes this week to photography puffins. I'll turn the IS off and the shutter speed up!
        My pleasure, look forward to some pictures from the Farnes on your return. We shall be making our annual trip to the North-East in four weeks but no time for the Farne islands trip
        All the best

        Being left handed my brain sometimes works sdrawkcab

        Andy

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          Re: Image stabilisation on E-5

          That's a pity. In case you come up to Amble there is a great 1 hour boat trip around Coquet Island with Puffin Cruises . You see puffin, roseate tern, Arctic tern etc. and seals. You don't get as close to the puffin as you do on the Farnes but you'll get closer to the seals that swim right up to the boat. Really great value too but you have to pre-book.

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            Re: Image stabilisation on E-5

            With all cameras that use motion sensors built in to the camera it's very wise to switch off image stabilisation when the camera is positioned securely. This us because it has been noticed that some camera motion linked to the operation of the shutter, although not endangering the sharpness of the exposure itself, may trigger the IS in an unpredictable manner, thus causing unintended motion blur.

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            • #7
              Re: Image stabilisation on E-5

              Thanks Ian. I wondered about the reason why. I learn something every day!

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