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Canon EOS Crop Sensor for HD
APS-C sensor cameras including the 80D, 70D, 7D Mk. II, 7D, EOS M and Rebel models for HD video recording.


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Old June 14th, 2010, 12:03 PM   #1
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IS for video?

Does the image stabilization on lenses work for video or is that just for still images? There can be quite a difference in price so I'm trying to determine if it's worth the extra cost.

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Old June 14th, 2010, 12:13 PM   #2
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When handheld, yes it works. Using tripod, don't need it.

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Old June 14th, 2010, 12:13 PM   #3
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AFAIK they do work, but in video work they are limited use. Locked off shots in wind, they're good, but as soon as start to follow movement they're hopeless as they try to compensate for the movement.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 12:56 PM   #4
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Depends on the lens. Some have one mode only, others have a second mode which stabilizes vertically but not horizontally so they don't screw up pans.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 01:15 PM   #5
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Be careful if you're taking audio directly from the camera's built-in mic. Some IS lenses
will produce an annoying "clicking" noise that you might not hear while shooting but is
definitely amplified internally during recording. However if you're shooting double-system
sound then this isn't really a problem.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 02:31 PM   #6
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Depends on the lens. Some have one mode only, others have a second mode which stabilizes vertically but not horizontally so they don't screw up pans.
Yes, it's like that on pro lenses like the Canon HJ40, but the problem is very little action tends to take place in just one plane, most moves involve a pan and tilt combination, so most of the time it's pretty useless I find.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #7
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Old June 14th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #8
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I've found IS VERY useful for hand held shooting. I also have a Sigma 18-200 OS lens that works quite well also.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #9
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Sam, are you talking hand held shooting video?
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Old June 14th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #10
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Yes, Marc, IS is very useful for shooting VIDEO hand held. I wouldn't consider video hand-holding without IS/OS, unless using a SWA lens like the 10-22mm.

I shot this test the first day I got the camera, with Sigma 18-200 OS. No work of art, but it was all handheld as I walked thru Central Park.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQE9RjUu9DY
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Old June 14th, 2010, 11:36 PM   #11
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Thanks Sam, that was helpful.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 01:58 AM   #12
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Marc, I think you'll find it useful to take a look at this thread in the 7D section for some opinions on IS for Video.

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-eo...-handheld.html
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Old June 15th, 2010, 02:25 AM   #13
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Thanks Andy... good thread.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 04:48 PM   #14
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IS works very well. I will re-iterate Chris Hurd with the sound of the IS/OS lens. It really varies allot. I bought a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 great lens, but a hell of allot noiser (sound) than the Canon that I also tested.

It's not a problem or me as I record dual sync sound. But if you are recording with a shotgun on the camera or on a camera rig then it will be noticeable depending on the lens manufacturer.

Test your lens.

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Old June 18th, 2010, 12:56 AM   #15
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For handheld, IS is essential. It removes the micro jitters that can otherwise ruin your shots. Without IS, you will NEED some sort of stabilizer, even with wide angle lenses.
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