Monopod Question

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enginemike Regular Member • Posts: 108
Monopod Question

I have read, at least in the Panasonic world, that one needs to switch off lens stabilization when mounted to a tripod. Would anyone know if this stricture applies to a monopod mount?

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Jack Tingle
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Re: Monopod Question

I use a monopod on a variety of cameras & have never needed to. The only Panasonic in the lot is a ZS70, so that may not be germane.

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lescrane Contributing Member • Posts: 737
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I've always said "no", don't switch off IS. Unless you have a "magic" monopod that works with your body to eliminate all movement.

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TomFid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,613
Re: Monopod Question

enginemike wrote:

I have read, at least in the Panasonic world, that one needs to switch off lens stabilization when mounted to a tripod. Would anyone know if this stricture applies to a monopod mount?

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I've only tested this on an Oly, but my guess is that this advice is obsolete, and the IS is smart enough to work out when it should shut itself down. Would be nice to have confirmation of this from a modern Panny body user.

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I think the rule to switch off OIS aimed rather to save a bit of a battery juice than prevent the shot from shaking. Once Pana implemented IBIS, they no longer insisted on the rule.

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Jeeter001 Contributing Member • Posts: 554
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I leave the IBIS on when using a monopod.  There is still movement along all at least 4 axis for the IBIS to correct.

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Interceptor121 Senior Member • Posts: 2,901
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There is no need to switch off IBIS even on a tripod as long as you move your camera slowly and in some cases the issue is not so much the IBIS fighting the pan but the rolling shutter.

So I don't actually switch IBIS off at all and I have yet to see any side effects

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OP enginemike Regular Member • Posts: 108
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Thank you for the responses. They were pretty much in line to what I was thinking but your thoughts and confirmation were really helpful.

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TomFid wrote:

enginemike wrote:

I have read, at least in the Panasonic world, that one needs to switch off lens stabilization when mounted to a tripod. Would anyone know if this stricture applies to a monopod mount?

Thanks

I've only tested this on an Oly, but my guess is that this advice is obsolete, and the IS is smart enough to work out when it should shut itself down. Would be nice to have confirmation of this from a modern Panny body user.

Same apply to Panny bodies on OIS only, IBIS only or DUAL IS setup.

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ikolbyi Contributing Member • Posts: 634
Monopod - No. Tripod-recommended

enginemike wrote:

I have read, at least in the Panasonic world, that one needs to switch off lens stabilization when mounted to a tripod. Would anyone know if this stricture applies to a monopod mount?

Thanks

Monopod, no - leave IS still enabled because their is still movement.

Tri-Pod, it is generally recommended to switch IS off , because the IS will be working to stabilize when it is not needed. Unless you have the camera fixed to a gimbal where it allows movement.

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TomFid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,613
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ikolbyi wrote:

enginemike wrote:

I have read, at least in the Panasonic world, that one needs to switch off lens stabilization when mounted to a tripod. Would anyone know if this stricture applies to a monopod mount?

Thanks

Monopod, no - leave IS still enabled because their is still movement.

Tri-Pod, it is generally recommended to switch IS off , because the IS will be working to stabilize when it is not needed. Unless you have the camera fixed to a gimbal where it allows movement.

This recommendation is common, but I think it's probably not needed. I tested rather carefully with my EM5ii and found no significant difference (if anything, a slight improvement) from leaving IS on:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57524987

It's hard to know if this generalizes to other bodies and situations, but I now leave IS on all the time. I'm pretty certain that the harm from forgetting to turn it back on far exceeds anything that could go wrong on tripod with IS on.

OP enginemike Regular Member • Posts: 108
Re: Monopod - No. Tripod-recommended

Thanks again. Everyone has been very helpful. It seems keeping IS on is probably the best way to go. I appreciate the thought about switching the IS on and off - enough to remember as it is. Can't wait for the thing to get here so I can start testing. Got tired of holding the 400mm lens while waiting for the bird to fly and am hoping that a monopod will help resolve the issue. I'll post my results.

Mike

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