OM-D E-M5 and the Panasonic 100-300mm combo question

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by wrxspdwgn, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. wrxspdwgn

    wrxspdwgn Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    I have a question for those of you that have the E-M5 and 100-300. Do you normally use ibis or the lens stabilization? The E-M5 is the first camera I've owned with ibis and I thought this would be the best place to ask.
  2. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 21, 2012
    I use the IBIS. Ive heard that at longer focal lengths the lens stabilization is better though.
  3. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    OIS for sure, I tested back and forth no less than 10 times. The O.I.S. easily has 1-2 stops advantage
  4. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    When I owned it, OIS.
  5. wrxspdwgn

    wrxspdwgn Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    I'll try the OIS today then. A few friends and I are going to an area today where a snowy owl has been spotted. I plan on taking the e-m5 with the 100-300 and a Canon 40D with the 400 5.6 which has no OIS. We'll see if I get any good shots. Thanks everyone for the advise.
  6. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    I use the IBIS with the EM5, I've tested them both and don't see an advantage to the OIS. Its a pain to have to deactivate the IBIS on the camera so I just leave the OIS off, as otherwise both will run.
  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    One advantage of IBIS on the E-M5 is that you can set it to only activate when you half-press the shutter. With OIS, it's either on, or off, depending on the switch, and leaving it on does drain the battery a bit.
  8. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I've tried it both ways and did not notice consistently different results, so I use OIS because it's easier to turn on and off.
  9. Lisandra

    Lisandra Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2010
    At 300 mm oís is definitely better. Ibis has betrayed me a lot of times
  10. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    I didn't keep my last set of test shots so I decided to spend some time to shoot a new set, starting with IBIS ON only. I purposely have my shutter speed set way below the safety in order to show case the effectiveness of both IS system. In reality, I would set the shutter speed at 1/250 or quicker for any bird/animal shooting purpose to minimize subject motion blur
    Setting: manually set to 1/10 f/6.3 ISO2500, custom WB. @ 300mm on both set, expanded to 100% in LR without any touch up other than chromo NR. As you can see, only the 1st and the 8th shot is lack of motion blur with the 8th being the sharpest, 2 out of 10 in total
  11. LowTEC

    LowTEC Mu-43 Regular

    On this second set the OIS is on and IBIS is off, the rest of setting is exactly the same as the first set, same lighting, same position of me.
    I would say 3rd-7th is perfectly usable while the 1st is at borderline. I hope this help ones to solve the mystery of IBIS vs OIS, the result of 20% vs 50% is fairly inline with the previous tests I have done (sets of 30s). Please note that the test is only based on my 100-300 and my daily used EM5, YMMV. I've also tested my 12-35 vs IBIS and I honestly could not have a definite answer on which one is more effective after 50 shots of each and I was having trouble to keep the photo sharp after so many shots. So much for Panasonic "Power OIS is the new and improved version of Mega OIS", I personally don't see it is any better than the "old" Mega on 100300, if not worse.
  12. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Really? That's ridiculous. Even my relatively cheap Tamron 70-300 VC USD (great lens, by the way) on my old Canons would activate with a shutter half-press, then turn the stabilization off after 20 seconds or whatever it was.
  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I think it's worse than that. Even with the OIS off, you can hear the lens whirring all the time.

    Also, we've just had an E-M5 upgrade and yet the option for the camera to give priority over the OIS is still not there - despite it being standard on the E-PL5, E-P5, E-M1 and the E-M10.
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