EF 300mm f/4L IS USM:How to use the Image Stabilizer System

Article ID: ART151638 | Date published: 05/22/2015 | Date last updated: 02/03/2016


How do I use the Image Stabilizer System?


The Image Stabilizer function can be used in AF and MF focus modes

Set the STABILIZER switch to
  • If you are not going to use the image stabilizer function, set the switch to
Select the stabilizer mode
  • Select MODE 1 for standard photography. MODE 1 correct all vibrations no matter whether the camera is being held horizontally, vertically or at an angle
  • To pan a moving subject select MODE 2. MODE 2 corrects vibrations and shaking only in the direction at right angles to the cameras panning movement
Press the shutter button down halfway to check the stabilization
  • When the shutter button is pressed down halfway it takes about one second for the image stabilizer function to provide a stable image.
  • Make sure the image in the viewfinder is stable, then press the shutter button all the way down to take pictures
  1. When the subject is stationary
  2. In semi-darkened areas such as indoors or outdoors at night
  3. In locations where flash photography is prohibited, such as are museums and theater stages
  4. In situations where fast shutter setting cannot be used
  5. In situations where your footing is uncertain
  1. When panning subjects in motion
  2. When following subjects that are moving erratically

* We recommend MODE 1 for all other situations




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