Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/12/26

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Subject: [Leica] Canon 800mm IS
From: len-001 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Fri Dec 26 16:27:09 2008
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The only way I can use IS on a tripod is to set up the camera/lens  
properly balanced on a gimbel head leaving the two locking knobs  
loose. This mostly eliminates the vibrations caused by the stiff  
tripod and lens. With a long, heavy lens and moving objects this is  
the best setup to have, IS or not. But generally I keep IS off and  
get sharper photos. With the exception of the 400 and 560mm Telyts,  
if the lens has a tripod mount I'll use a gimbel head, the Wimberly  


On Dec 26, 2008, at 6:55 PM, wrote:

> rob mcclure
>> I believe you are correct about turning off IS when on a tripod.   
>> Even
>> my lowly 28-135IS came with instructions to do so for the reasons you
>> mentioned.
> I thought the newer IS systems can work with a tripod?  Sure would  
> make
> sense, I'd not want to hand-hold a 10 lb lens with a 3 degree angle of
> view.  It's challenging enough keeping it pointed at the subject  
> when using
> a monopod.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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