Using the Image Stabilizer on the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

Article ID: ART174611 | Date published: 05/31/2019 | Date last updated: 05/31/2019


Using the Image Stabilizer on the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens


Image Stabilizer

You can use the image stabilizer in AF, PF, 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.
Select an Image Stabilizer mode according to the application and shooting conditions.
  • MODE 1: Corrects vibrations in all directions. It is mainly effective for shooting still subjects.
  • MODE 2: Corrects vertical camera shake during following shots in a horizontal direction, and corrects horizontal camera shake during following shots in a vertical direction.
  • MODE 3: Corrects vibration only during exposure. During panning shots, corrects vibration during exposure only in one direction the same as MODE 2.
First press the shutter button down halfway, then press down all the way to take the picture.
  • MODE 1, 2: Press the shutter button down halfway to stabilize the image in the viewfinder and enable stabilization.
  • MODE 3: Press the shutter down halfway to initiate computation of stabilization, then press down all the way to enable stabilization.

Tips on Using the Image Stabilizer

The image stabilizer for this lens is effective for hand-held shots in the following conditions.

  • 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.

  • Since camera shake is stabilized only during exposure, following a subject is easier such as when shooting a fast and irregularly moving player during sports photography.
  • 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 might not be effective in the following cases:
    • You shoot from a violently moving vehicle.
    • You move the camera dramatically for a panning shot in MODE 1.
  • The Image Stabilizer consumes more power than normal shooting, resulting in fewer shots and a shorter movie shooting time.
  • 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 Extender EF2x II attached to the lens, the Image Stabilizer will work with the following cameras: EOS-1D X, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D, EOS 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 5D, 6D, 7D, 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 20Da, 10D, REBEL T5i/700D, SL1/100D, T4i/650D, T3i/600D, REBEL T2i/550D, REBEL T1i/500D, DIGITAL REBEL XSi/450D, REBEL T5/1200D, REBEL T3/1100D, DIGITAL REBEL XS/1000D, DIGITAL REBEL XTi/400D DIGITAL, DIGITAL REBEL XT/350D DIGITAL, DIGITAL REBEL/300D DIGITAL, D60, D30, EOS DCS1, DCS3, D2000, D6000, EOS-1V/HS, EOS-1N/DP/HS/RS, 3, ELAN 7E/ELAN 7/30/33, ELAN 7NE/ELAN 7N/30V/33V, ELAN II/ELAN IIE/50/50E, REBEL X/REBEL XS/500, REBEL G/500N, REBEL 2000/300, REBEL Ti/300V, REBEL T2/300X, REBEL K2/3000V, IX, IX Lite/IX7, 3000/88, 5000/888
  • With the EOS-1V/HS, 3, ELAN 7E/ELAN 7/30/33, ELAN 7NE/ELAN 7N/30V/33V, ELAN II/ELAN II E/50/50E, REBEL 2000/300, IX, IX Lite/IX7, and D30, the Image 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 Image Stabilizer function.
  • The stabilizer is equally effective for hand-held photography and photography with a monopod. The Image Stabilizer effect may be reduced, however, depending on the shooting environment.
  • The Image Stabilizer also operates when the lens is used with extension tube EF12 II or EF25 II or the extender EF1.4x III or EF2x III.
  • Depending on the camera there may be image shake, such as after releasing the shutter.
    However, this does not 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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