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01-19-2014, 01:27 AM   #1
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Image Stabilization-Why Turn It Off When Mounted On Tripod

Hello-The instruction manual for both my Pentax K20D as well as the K-5 II says to turn off the image stabilization when mounting the camera on a tripod. However, nothing further is said in either manual. What are the consequences of NOT turning it off?

I have left the image stabilization on for all tripod mounted photos and haven't noticed any difference in the quality of the photos or heard the stabilization trying to work. Is it hard on the camera? Does the camera keep trying to stabilize when there's little, if any, camera movement? Does it somehow damage the camera or the photos?

Would like a further explanation and comments from Pentax tech.

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p.s. I always use a wireless remote when the camera is on a tripod.

01-19-2014, 01:37 AM   #2
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yes it will try to stabilize so you will loose sharpies of shot.
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If you are using the 2 or 10 second timer, it automatically turns off IS...

But if you are on a tripod and just pushing the shutter, then the camera SR is moving the sensor slightly trying to correct a non-existent shake... so that induces micro-movement

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01-19-2014, 01:57 AM   #4
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When you use a remote control or timer, the camera deactivates the SR automatically.

If i remember right, it is better to have the SR off because in that situation the SR can do more harm than good. Don't remember why exactly but there's a technical explaination for this

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IMHO, SR should always be off *until* you need it.
01-19-2014, 10:58 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by StrasburgBarry Quote
p.s. I always use a wireless remote when the camera is on a tripod.
Then you always have SR off when you shoot on a tripod.
01-19-2014, 08:47 PM   #7
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This is what happens with the tripod mounted K-01 when SR is turned on in movie mode.


Stills will be using the mechanical SR but there's still potentially enough hunting that a wobble will blur your photo if the reason you're on a tripod is to use a slower shutter speed.
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I have tested this a few times and with normal shutter speed can never see the difference. However with long exposures , a second or more, I suspect this might be what they are worrying about.

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