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Image Stabilization?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:57 pm
by Wordpress
Hi there.

I currently own and use the Sigma 150-600mm lens for plane spotting. Should I be using image stabilization or not? If I do, should I use mode 1 or 2? My guess is to use mode 2 stabilization, but I've been shooting without it mostly.

Re: Image Stabilization?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:03 pm
by airkas1
If you have IS/VR, I would use it. Mode 1 if your subject is stationary, mode 2 if your subject is moving.

Re: Image Stabilization?

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:15 pm
by dutchspotter1
I only use it in low light conditions (i.e. slow shutterspeed). If you have a shutterspeed of e.g. 1/800 or faster, it's not of any advantage in my experience.

Re: Image Stabilization?

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:41 am
by ThePointblank
Mode 1 on the Sigma 150-600 compensates for all directions, Mode 2 only compensates for one direction in panning.

For me, I generally leave the IS off unless I'm dealing with very low shutter speeds; I don't like fighting the IS when I'm trying to focus and compose the image in the viewfinder when tracking a fast moving, potentially erratic subject. I'm lucky with my Canon 100-400 II; it has Mode 3, which is IS only during shutter release.

Re: Image Stabilization?

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:17 pm
by Wordpress
ThePointblank wrote:
Mode 1 on the Sigma 150-600 compensates for all directions, Mode 2 only compensates for one direction in panning.

For me, I generally leave the IS off unless I'm dealing with very low shutter speeds; I don't like fighting the IS when I'm trying to focus and compose the image in the viewfinder when tracking a fast moving, potentially erratic subject. I'm lucky with my Canon 100-400 II; it has Mode 3, which is IS only during shutter release.


Thanks for the explanation! If I'm using a slower shutter speed, would it be better to use mode 1 or 2? I'm still confused here.

Re: Image Stabilization?

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:17 am
by ThePointblank
Wordpress wrote:
ThePointblank wrote:
Mode 1 on the Sigma 150-600 compensates for all directions, Mode 2 only compensates for one direction in panning.

For me, I generally leave the IS off unless I'm dealing with very low shutter speeds; I don't like fighting the IS when I'm trying to focus and compose the image in the viewfinder when tracking a fast moving, potentially erratic subject. I'm lucky with my Canon 100-400 II; it has Mode 3, which is IS only during shutter release.


Thanks for the explanation! If I'm using a slower shutter speed, would it be better to use mode 1 or 2? I'm still confused here.

Depends on what you are doing.

For a still subject, use Mode 1.

If you are shooting a moving subject and panning to track the subject, use Mode 2.

Re: Image Stabilization?

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:21 am
by Wordpress
ThePointblank wrote:
Wordpress wrote:
ThePointblank wrote:
Mode 1 on the Sigma 150-600 compensates for all directions, Mode 2 only compensates for one direction in panning.

For me, I generally leave the IS off unless I'm dealing with very low shutter speeds; I don't like fighting the IS when I'm trying to focus and compose the image in the viewfinder when tracking a fast moving, potentially erratic subject. I'm lucky with my Canon 100-400 II; it has Mode 3, which is IS only during shutter release.


Thanks for the explanation! If I'm using a slower shutter speed, would it be better to use mode 1 or 2? I'm still confused here.

Depends on what you are doing.

For a still subject, use Mode 1.

If you are shooting a moving subject and panning to track the subject, use Mode 2.

Thank you!