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Old August 10th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Tripod or IS?

I've been trying to figure out which is better - a monopod, tripod and/or IS. I know for still photography if you mount an IS lens on a tripod you are suppose to turn off IS but a little confused about what to do with video and say a monopod. I've tried both but propably just need to do some tests.

Had been using a monopod with IS lens but it seemed to be a problem when i needed to lift and move the camera. Does a full tripod help to steady when adjusting zoom or focus better than handholding an IS lens.

I you do use a tripod/monopod, do you turn off IS on the lens?

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Old August 10th, 2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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When shooting video with this camera, you'll need to either turn IS off, or record sound from a separate source and not the on-camera mic. Otherwise, with IS on, the on-camera mic will pick up a steady clicking noise that will pretty much ruin your audio. The IS mechanism is louder on some lenses compared to others. With the kit lens, that is the 24-105mm L IS, it's a pretty loud and annoying clicking sound... you won't hear it so much yourself at the time, but you'll notice upon playback that the on-camera mic really picks it up and amplifies it to quite a degree. Frankly I would not shoot video with this camera unless it's on a tripod.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 10:05 PM   #3
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IS effect on audio

Absolutely right, Chris. When I played back the first tests of my camera, I didn't know what those noisy clicks were. I was worried the camera was defective or a lens was lose.

You hear virtually nothing when shooting, but when it's played back, it renders the audio useless.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 12:18 AM   #4
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As the other replies note, definitely turn off IS when on a tripod or monopod. However for hand held use the IS really helps a lot take the jitters out.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 07:18 AM   #5
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I did some tests a while back comparing the 24-70/2.8L (no IS) and the 24-105/4L (with IS) in video mode - and much much better handheld results - a lot smoother. Hand holding the 70-200 you definitely need the IS - works well with practice. I've also found a monopod with the 70-200 is helpful for carrying the weight around if you can't lug around a tripod.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. I use an external mic RODE SVN so the IS using the internal mic isn't the problem.

Taking the sound out should i turn off the IS if on a monopod (recommended for stills) or leave it on especially with the 70-200?

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Old August 12th, 2009, 05:14 AM   #7
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from my limited experience... I leave the IS on with the 70-200 when using the monopod - switch it to setting '2' when on the tripod.
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