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01-18-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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Shake Reduction with Tripod

The manual says don't use SR with a Tripod.

I use my SR on a tripod (with the 50-500) and it works.

The main reason it is discouraged is that it *may* hunt when on a stable platform; especially body mounted tripod.

But... with a long lens, the tripod mount is on the lens and not the body, so there is some angular movement at the sensor, esp. when I'm using a ball head tracking wild life (not 100% locked).

Diagram... (Picture here http://www.ausphotography.net.au/forum/showthread.php?p=261081#post261081)

[B][LLLLLLL]
____^

B = Body
L = Lens
^ = Tripod mount

So there is slight angular movement possible at the body in the above setup. Anyway SR on a tripod in the above setup seems to help.

Does anyone have more information about using SR on a tripod or not?


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01-18-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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Logic says that you shouldn't need shake reduction with a tripod.
I've come to the conclusion that there is no blanket rule regarding SR and tripod use.
OTOH, if your tripod mounted long lens pictures work better with SR on than off, your tripod may not be doing it's job effectively, or you need to work on your shooting technique a little bit.
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OTOH, if your tripod mounted long lens pictures work better with SR on than off, your tripod may not be doing it's job effectively, or you need to work on your shooting technique a little bit.
Its more that I have it on a ball head that is not locked as I'm tracking wildlife.
So the camera is still moving a bit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by CypherOz Quote
Its more that I have it on a ball head that is not locked as I'm tracking wildlife.
So the camera is still moving a bit.
When the camera is immobilized, as when it's grounded on a stable surface or the tripod head is locked, then SR shakes the camera. But as you describe, the tripod (or a monopod) is more of a support than a platform - the camera still moves pretty freely, and SR is your friend. I wonder if supporting the Bigma's mount rather than the camera's, changes the optimal SR parameter noticably? If you're an IQ freak, you might try varying the SR focal length setting, to see if it makes any difference.

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