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Old March 18th, 2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS

On a tripod..IS or no IS? On Monopod..IS or no IS?
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Old March 18th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #2
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Which camera? So I know which camera forum to move it to. This
question isn't specific to just wedding and event videography.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 12:20 PM   #3
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Which camera? So I know which camera forum to move it to. This
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Sorry Chris. The Canon 7D
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Old March 18th, 2011, 01:00 PM   #4
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On a tripod -- no OIS. You should experiment with it on and off using a monopod.

Be aware that many IS lenses create ticking sounds which will be picked up by the camera's mic (when IS is switched on).
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Michael check out this http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-eo...l-old-new.html
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Re: Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS

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On a tripod -- no OIS. You should experiment with it on and off using a monopod.

Be aware that many IS lenses create ticking sounds which will be picked up by the camera's mic (when IS is switched on).
The Canon 70-200 2.8 IS definitely has a noisy IS (sounds like grinding) and you won't want to rely on audio from a shotgun on the camera. Not bad as a backup, but not good for primary. Without a shotgun the audio from the camera mic will be completely unusable if you're using IS.

There are times that it's useful to use the IS even when on a tripod. If you're shooting outside and it's breezy the IS can be critical for removing the micro-vibrations caused by the wind. Also, if you're shooting in a situation where you have to be hands on and adjusting the focus a lot the IS is necessary to remove the micro-vibrations your hand will cause.

Also, make sure you use the lens mount to mount the lens to the tripod versus mounting the camera to the tripod. This really improves stability and removes a lot of potential vibration.
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Also, make sure you use the lens mount to mount the lens to the tripod versus mounting the camera to the tripod. This really improves stability and removes a lot of potential vibration.
Great point. A lot of people forget about this.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 03:54 AM   #8
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On a tripod -- no OIS.
The 70-200 2.8 IS has two IS settings, hand-held mode and pan mode. It takes a little getting used to as there's a slight lag, but both settings work very well on a tripod.

I have IS switched on more than off, particularly for interviews where the IS eliminates those annoying trembles transmitted through the pan handle.

As for noise, my 70-200 2.8 was virtually silent until it took a heavy knock, now it's very loud - luckily I run double system sound so it's not an issue.

IS is not for everyone, so test, test and test.
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