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Old November 11th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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OIS and monopods

I understand the need to turn the optical image stabilization off while using a tripod with the XH-A1. Is the same true when using a monopod?
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Old November 11th, 2008, 10:45 PM   #2
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Hi Stephen. This is the way I treat it, based on my own observations.

Where OIS helps most is on simulated locked-down shots that are not really locked down. Handheld is the most obvious example, but long tele tripod shots can also show shakiness, and OIS helps here too. Monopod shots will benefit from OIS until you try to do a smooth sweep and then the OIS will make the movement jerky.

In fact, if you use anything that allows you to get smooth movements, the OIS will tend to make those movements jerkier. This includes good handheld technique by the way - if you are very steady with the cam, OIS can make those slow pans worse.

The biggest no no situation regarding OIS is when using a 35mm adapter. I tried using a Brevis Flip with my XH-A1 and did not realise I was supposed to switch off the OIS. The reults was that every camera movement was jerky and most showed some back-and-forth hunting that made me think the tripod was bending! Just switching off the OIS suddenly brought it all back to normality.

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Old November 11th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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I turn it off when I'm using a monopod, because I normally just plant it and shoot, but when I'm using the monopod as a cheap Steadicam, I sometimes turn the OIS back on, depends on the situation. I'm really hoping the updated XH camcorders give us the option to assign the OIS to a button!
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Old November 11th, 2008, 11:07 PM   #4
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Stephen,
As one of the comfirmed local idiots, I leave OIS on all the time. I will get the occasional correction when I'm on a tripod, but it helps so much when zoomed in or using a monopod. We are all dealing in subtelty that our clients don't notice or care about.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 03:38 AM   #5
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To me it is such a shame that you cannot assign OIS on/off to a custom key rather than having to go into the menu.

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Old November 12th, 2008, 04:12 PM   #6
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I'm still not sure of what I'm going to do, as sometimes I just "plant and shoot" and others time I mix in some panning.

It certainly would have been nice to have a button on the outside of the A1!
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