IS and tripods

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by John Jarosz, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. John Jarosz

    John Jarosz Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    Chicago Area
    I just noticed that the instruction book for my E-P1 says to turn off the IS when the camera is on a tripod. I can't understand why turning the IS off is a benefit. Can anyone explain?


  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The IS makes a very slight vibration and that will transfer to the tripod.
    The tripod is your IS.... Right?
    Maybe Peter will offer a better reason.
    He's using a tripod for much of his work.
  3. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    As I understand it, most IS systems assume that the camera will move/shake. When you use a tripod, movement/shake is eliminated. This confuses the system and renders the IS function ineffective. I really notice it when I use my Canon 50D with IS lenses on a tripod. I'd love to know why. Maybe someone could explain the technical reasons.