Canon Pro Tips On IS Lens Stabilization Modes

All Canon Image Stabilization (IS) lenses have two switches for stabilization; one to turn Image Stabilization on or off and the other to select the mode. The second switch is rarely used by many photographers, but is an important part of the Image Stabilization system.
Mode 1 – this provides two or three shutter speed stops equivalent stabilization in vertical and horizontal directions. In other words, with stabilization active, a shot taken at 1/15sec is equivalent to working at 1/60sec without stabilization.
Mode 2 – this is designed to offer perfect panning shots by providing stabilization in a vertical direction only. To alternate simply flick between the clearly marked 1 and 2 modes on the side of the lens barrel on any IS lens.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens

This lens is my favorite on canons line of L series lens. It is the perfect lens for beach portrait sessions when you have to chase kids around on a beach for a photo shoot. It’s sealed and gasketed against dust and moisture, a must have on a sand beach. It also has a new processing unit that makes the AF faster than ever.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

This is my second lens of choice. This lens incorporates Canon’s second generation Image Stabilization technology. The telephoto zoom responds in half a second, while providing up to three stops of correction for camera shake. The range and performance of this lens make it a must have in my book.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens is one of my favorites. It is perfect for beach portraits and wedding photography. This L series lens should be one of the first in any photographers bag.

My Lenses

Canon Telephoto zoom lenses allow you to capture details that only L series lens can. You can capture the far off action of fast-paced sports or zoom in for an intimate portrait with a blurred background. They are expensive but worth every penny.


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