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Tips on using big ol\' Canon IS lens?
Old 06-30-2005, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have rented a 70-200mm f2.8L IS/USM lens for a shoot tomorrow, and since the weekly rate is only three times the daily, I decided to keep it for a week. I'll be using it for an outdoor sunrise shoot tomorrow, weather permitting, and then just for whatever presents itself for the rest of the weekend (it goes back Wednesday.)

I have never used an IS lens, but so far as I can tell there's no special thing to be concerned about when using it, it's just a very heavy, very expensive light-collecting device like my other lenses, but heavier and more expensive. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Any tips I should be aware of when using this bad boy?

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Re: Tips on using big ol\' Canon IS lens?
Old 06-30-2005, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One thing I would really watch out for.
Gravity.
It has a way of throwing the ground up toward rented lenses at a very dangerous velocity.

Sorry, just one of those moods today. Wish I could be of some real help.
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quick tip...
Old 06-30-2005, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Chances are that if you are using it in a model shoot that you will not be doing any panning so make sure to keep the IS set to Mode 1

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Re: Tips on using big ol\' Canon IS lens?
Old 06-30-2005, 02:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like to use my wrist strap to manage mine, but be careful.....I almost lost mine in the pic below as I dared to get this shot in the pool, and as I made my way to the perfect place to be postioned I did not see this ledge in the pool and with one step under I went, but with the wrist strap I was able to keep camera and lens above water as I went below.....it's an awesome lens!! Go ahead and bite the bullet and buy you one....you won't regret it

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Good to know...
Old 06-30-2005, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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... when I picked it up, there was a note on the rental agreement that said "$100.00 charge if manual not returned."

I pointed at this and said, "Excuse me?"

The rental clerk said, "It's the only way we can get people to bring them back. They set them down and they lose them."

I said, "What if I don't *take* it?"

She said, "That's fine, so long as you think you won't need it."

I said, "It's a *lens.* How complicated can it be?" And I left it. I figured I could always just look up the manual on Canon's website. Well, I didn't see that mode switch and I didn't know what it was for, and it turns out that that particular lens' manual is not online. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] So, critical, need-to-know information there. Thank you.

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Re: Good to know...
Old 06-30-2005, 04:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Mode One is normal IS.

Mode Two is for panning.

The rest you can figure out. FWIW, I use blue painters tape to keep the switches in place, trust me on this one.

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Re: Tips on using big ol\' Canon IS lens?
Old 06-30-2005, 04:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Avoid the temptation to think of IS as some sort of magic that makes your photos sharp. If the subject is moving and you're moving, the IS will not give you a sharp photo at low shutter speeds. Don't get careless and fail to still brace yourself well when shooting handheld at lower shutter speeds than the focal length in use would suggest.
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Re: Tips on using big ol\' Canon IS lens?
Old 06-30-2005, 05:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's the way I prefer to work:

First choice: Tripod

Second choice: Monopod

Third Choice: Handheld

Fourth Choice: I hand the camera to the model and tell her to shoot herself! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Tips on using big ol\' Canon IS lens?
Old 06-30-2005, 08:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have the 100-400L IS and I have found that I cannot get nice sharp pictures below 60th of a second even with the IS. My best suggestion is to use 125th if at all possible or higher.
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Re: Tips on using big ol\' Canon IS lens?
Old 06-30-2005, 11:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm with Robert (RVMD). Those AF and IS switches can easily be moved accidentally. Just when you're looking all pro with your legs spread out and arms and shoulders all twisted up, hat on backwards and focusing on your model with the nice fat white lens and giving it 'Yeah, Baby', you have to take it away and stare at it coz it got knocked into MF and then you feel like a wanker. Only for a second though. But still, a wanker. Check and test. Check and test. Or use tape.

Good luck with it. It's an awesome lens.

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