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Olympus inbuilt image stabilization - compatible with tripod?

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Old Friday 9th September 2011, 08:02   #1
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Olympus inbuilt image stabilization - compatible with tripod?

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Is the in-body image stabilization of the Olympus PEN Micro 4/3 cameras usable when the camera system is mounted upon a tripod, whether it is by the camera's own tripod mount or with the camera mounted on a lens that is in turn mounted upon a tripod with a lens shoe? Does image quality take a hit when this image stabilization is turned off in such a situation?

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Old Friday 9th September 2011, 08:25   #2
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I don't know about the Micro 4/3 but on my Olympus 4/3 camera, Olympus recommend that the IS is turned OFF when using the camera on a tripod. I would imagine that the Micro 4/3 is the same. The Pen EP3 has three IS settings: vertical & horizontal, vertical or horizontal.

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Hi,

I am inclined to agree, I see no reasons why the recommendation should not be applicable for the m4/3 as well.

I turn IS off on my 4/3 body in the fowolling situations:
- When used on a tripod
- When photographing birds in flight, using short shutter speeds. I got recommended to do so by another 4/3 user on this forum and I get the impression that the AF performance (usually C-AF) seems to improve with IS off.

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I don't know about the Micro 4/3 but on my Olympus 4/3 camera, Olympus recommend that the IS is turned OFF when using the camera on a tripod. I would imagine that the Micro 4/3 is the same. The Pen EP3 has three IS settings: vertical & horizontal, vertical or horizontal.

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If horizontal means compensating for shake when panning, then that might be a good option for a tripod-mounted EP3, at least if you only lock the up-down direction but leave the tripod head able to pan.

I have also elsewhere seen advice of turning IS off with really fast shutter speeds irrespective of tripod or not - I have not tested my Panasonic m4/3, only used with is on.

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If horizontal means compensating for shake when panning, then that might be a good option for a tripod-mounted EP3, at least if you only lock the up-down direction but leave the tripod head able to pan.

I have also elsewhere seen advice of turning IS off with really fast shutter speeds irrespective of tripod or not - I have not tested my Panasonic m4/3, only used with is on.

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I think it is the other way round. 'Vertical' means that the image is stabilized vertically, when panning horizontally. I think the 'horizontal' option is used if you are panning vertically (if there is such a thing.) Or maybe if you are panning horizontally with the camera rotated 90 degrees.

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