Setting the Image Stabilizer on the lens

Article ID: ART110191 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Image Stabilizer

You can use the image stabilizer in AF or MF mode

Set the STABILIZER switch to ON
  • if you are not going to use the image stabilizer function, set the switch to OFF
When you press the shutter button halfway, the Image Stabilizer will start operating
  • Make sure the image in the viewfinder is stabile, then press the shutter button the rest of the way down to take the picture
The Image stabilizer in the lens is effective for hand-held shots under the following conditions.
  • Close-up shooting.
  • In semi-darkened areas such as indoors or outdoors at night.
  • In locations where flash photography is prohibited, such as art museums and theater stages.
  • In situations where your footing is uncertain.
  • In situations where fast shutter settings cannot be used.
  • When panning subjects in motion.
  • The shorter the subject distance from the camera, the lesser the Image Stabilizer effect will be.
  • The Image Stabilizer cannot compensate for a blurred shot caused by a subject that moved.
  • Set the STABILIZER switch to OFF when you are taking pictures using the Bulb setting (long exposures). If the STABILIZER switch is set to ON, the image stabilizer function may introduce errors.
  • The Image Stabilizer may not be fully effective if you shoot from a violently shaking vehicle or other transportation.
  • The Image Stabilizer consumes more power than normal shooting, so fewer shots can be taken if you use the function.
  • The image stabilizer operates for about two seconds even when your finger is off the shutter button.
  • Do not remove the lens while the stabilizer is in operation.This will cause a malfunction.
  • With the EOS-1V/HS, 3, ELAN 7E/ELAN, ELAN 7NE/ELAN 7N/30V/33V, ELAN II/ELAN llEl50/50E, REBEL 20001300, IX, and D30, the lmage Stabilizer will not work during self-timer operation
  • Using a tripod also stabilizes the image. However, depending on the kind of tripod and shooting conditions, sometimes it may be better to turn off the lmage Stabilizer function.
  • The stabilizer is equally effective for hand-held photography and photography with a monopod.
  • The image stabilizer function also operates when the lens is used with an Extension Tube EF12 II or EF25 II.
  • Pictures may look distorted after being taken depending on the camera, but this doesn't affect shooting.
  • If you set the camera's Custom Function to change the assigned button to operate the AF, the Image Stabilizer will operate when you press the newly assigned AF button.



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