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Optical Image Stabilizer

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Optical Image Stabilizer

Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology makes handheld photography more practical at slow shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before. Camera shake typically occurs at shutter speeds less than 1/ [focal length], resulting in image blur. Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology uses miniature sensors and a high-speed microcomputer built into the lens. The sensors analyze vibrations and apply correction via a special stabilizing lens group that shifts the image parallel to the focal plane. Motion blur is canceled, resulting in a sharper image. With Optical Image Stabilization, it’s like gaining up to four stops. Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology is built into many EF lenses and outperforms in-camera stabilization technologies found in other cameras by allowing for more movement of the stabilizing lens group. Especially with telephoto lenses, as the lens focal length increases, the effect of shake and the degree of correction needed to cancel it increases as well. With the Optical Image Stabilizer in the lens, Canon can equip each IS lens with the stabilizer it needs for effective shake correction. Other systems are limited by how far they can move an image sensor, and as a result their stabilization is less effective as telephoto lengths get longer. Also, the result of Optical Image Stabilization can be seen right in the viewfinder – impossible with some other stabilizer systems.

Reduces motion blur by counteracting camera shake during handheld photography
With Optical Image Stabilizer in the lens, Canon can equip each Optical Image Stabilizer lens with the stabilizer it needs
Found on some telephoto lenses, Optical Image Stabilizer Mode 2 is especially effective when doing panned shots
With Canon Optical Image Stabilizer, the effects of the stabilization can be seen in the viewfinder – the image is steadier, making composition more accurate
Close-up — For close-up shots, even the tiniest of motions is magnified and spoils a great shot!
Low light — In low-light situations, when you would normally expect to have to use flash, Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer lenses give you the freedom of up to 4 stops of light.
Telephoto — Canon designs each Optical Image Stabilizer system to complement the lens’ focal length. So even with telephoto lenses you’ll capture the shot!

The Optical Image Stabilizer shifts a lens group in parallel to the focal plane. When the lens jerks due to camera shake, the light rays from the subject are bent relative to the optical axis, resulting in a blurred image. Camera shake is detected by two gyro sensors (one each for the yaw and pitch). The gyro sensors detect the angle and speed of the camera shake caused by handheld shooting. By moving select lens elements according to how the entire lens is being shaken, the image passing through the lens can be steady and sharp when it hits the imaging sensor. The figure on the right shows what happens when the lens is jerked downward. The center of the image moves downward on the focal plane. When the Optical Image Stabilizer lens group shifts downward, the light rays are refracted so that the image center returns to the center of the focal plane. Since image shake occurs in both the horizontal and vertical directions, the Optical Image Stabilizer lens group can shift vertically and horizontally on a plane perpendicular to the optical axis to counteract the image shake.

EF-S 15–85mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6 IS USM EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM
EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS II EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM
EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS EF-S 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6 IS
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM* EF 24–70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24–105mm f/4L IS USM EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM*
EF 28–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM EF 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6L IS USM
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM
EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS II EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6L IS USM
EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM
EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM EF-M 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM
* Please be advised that when EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM are used with EOS-1D Mark IV, the firmware of the camera should be updated to version 1.1.1 or later. The update helps to optimize the exposure accuracy. The firmware is available on our website.

The stabilization characteristics of the Optical Image Stabilizer are set so that it is most effective when photographing stationary subjects, but when panning of a moving subject is attempted, shake-return may affect the finder image, interfering with framing. This occurs because camera movement such as panning is judged to be shaking, activating the image stabilizer. To resolve this problem, Canon developed Optical Image Stabilizer Mode 2. In this mode, if you move the lens to follow a subject for a pre-determined time, the Optical Image Stabilizer continues to correct any camera shake that’s perpendicular to the panning motion. However, the Optical Image Stabilizer doesn’t try to correct for the intentional panning, giving you a smooth viewfinder image as you follow the moving subject.

 

EF 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6L IS USM EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6L IS USM
EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM
EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Found on select Canon lenses and excellently suited for brilliantly sharp sports photography, Optical Image Stabilizer Mode 3 enhances Optical Image Stabilizer Mode 2 by functioning only when the shutter release is fully pressed. By remaining inactive until exposure, Mode 3 stabilization control allows for easy panning. Additionally, Mode 3 compensates shake in a direction perpendicular to the direction of panning when panning is detected and gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster.

EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM

Canon’s newly developed Hybrid IS technology adds another level of protection against unwanted movement by compensating for both angle and shift camera shake. While all IS lenses compensate for sudden changes in camera angle, Hybrid Image Stabilization also compensates for shift-based camera shake which occurs when a camera moves parallel to the imaging scene. This means better performance in macro photography and other close-range shooting.

EF 24–70mm f/4L IS USM EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Select Canon lenses feature Dynamic IS for image stabilization during video shooting. Canon’s Dynamic IS offers a greater image stabilization correction range, creating an Image Stabilizer effect equivalent to a shutter speed around 4 settings faster, effective for shooting handheld, while walking, and in similar types of shooting situations.

EF-M 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM