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Should You Turn Image Stabilization off When Using a Tripod?

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If your camera is mounted on top of a tripod, should you turn your camera’s image stabilization off? These findings might surprise you.

It might seem rather antiquated and quaint considering how far camera technology has evolved in recent times, but I used to pride myself on how still I could handhold a camera. One method I used was always inhaling slowly and deeply, then exhaling slowly and deeply, then pressing the shutter on the pause of breath after my exhale. I also had all sorts of positions I would put my knees and elbows into to ensure that I had multiple points touching a surface, be it the ground or a wall. But now with the development of image stabilization (in your camera or your lens), those techniques have become somewhat unnecessary. That said, if you’re using a tripod, should you actually use image stabilization?

And that brings us to this great video by Robin Wong, in which he addresses that very issue. He points out that it has always been assumed that best practice was to turn off image stabilization when using a tripod, but now’s he’s not so sure. In order to find out, he takes you out into the night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and does some long exposure photography with image stabilization on and then repeats the process with the image stabilization off. I must be honest and say that I’ve sometimes forgotten to turn off image stabilization on my Canon EOS R5, but have never really noticed any discernible differences. What do you think the outcome will be with Robin Wong’s tests? What have your experiences been? Let me know your thoughts below.

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