Any issues with 5-axis stabilization and macro

Started Mar 18, 2017 | Discussions thread
clengman
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Re: Any issues with 5-axis stabilization and macro

Thanks for the responses.

I do like to use a tripod when I have one with me. I am however thinking about the usefulness of the 5-axis system for handheld macros. (Bugs and flowers when I'm hiking and trying to travel light.)

One supposed major advantage of 5-axis over 3-axis is that adding correction for x and y axis translational movement allows for much better correction in the macro range. In fact, that's the only case where correction for this type of camera movement is very useful. At longer subject distances, the rotational components of the movement are far more important.

Now, in theory, in order for the camera to calculate proper sensor shifts to correct for x or y translations, the subject distance must be known. The lens can communicate subject distance to the camera, but if I put a macro lens on the front of my tele, the subject distance reported to the camera will not be accurate. Hence my curiosity about the effectiveness in the macro range when using a lens that doesn't natively have macro capability.

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