Image Stabilization

Image Stabilization on Olympus

 

Camera's “Image Stabilizer” ON

Camera's “Image Stabilizer” OFF

Lens IS switch ON

OIS (optical image stabilization)

OIS (optical image stabilization)

Lens IS switch OFF, or non-IS lens

IBIS (in-body image stabilization)

no image stabilization

Using Optical Image Stabilization

Turn ON the switch on the lens marked IS (Canon), OS (Sigma) or VC (Tamron). In-body image stabilization (IBIS) of the camera is automatically disabled.

Using IBIS (in-body image stabilization)

  1. Turn OFF the switch on the lens marked IS (Canon), OS (Sigma) or VC (Tamron).

  2. Press MENU.

  3. Find the “Camera 2” icon.

  4. Select “Image Stabilizer”.

  5. Select S-IS and M-IS options for still and movie respectively.

The S-IS or M-IS icon displayed on the LCD screen or EVF reflects only the camera's IBIS setting. The lens' optical image stabilization status is not displayed on Olympus cameras.

IBIS (in-body Image stabilization) is activated only under the following conditions:

Image Stabilization on Panasonic Cameras with IBIS

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) of an adapted lens is never activated simultaneously with the In-body Image Stabilization (IBIS) feature available on some cameras. On Panasonic GX7, GX8 and GX80/85, you may choose between OIS of the lens and IBIS of the camera using the IS switch on the lens, but the choice cannot be changed while the camera is on and the lens remains attached.

To use OIS, turn on the camera or attach the lens/adapter with the IS switch of the lens in the ON position. Subsequently, you may enable or disable image stabilization (OIS) using the switch on the lens. E-Stabilization is incompatible with OIS and is turned off automatically. The "shaky hand" icon of the camera is always OFF indicating that IBIS is inactive.

To use IBIS, turn on the camera or attach the lens/adapter with the IS switch of the lens in the OFF position, and turn IBIS on using the "Stabilizer" menu option of the camera body. OIS remains off even if you subsequently turn on the IS switch of the lens. To use OIS again, turn the IS switch of the lens ON and depress the lens release button of the camera body and release it. Note that IBIS is not available for video with GX7 and not available for 4k video with GX8.

GX80/GX85 must be at firmware 1.1 or above. These instructions do not apply to non-OIS lenses, Panasonic cameras without IBIS and all Blackmagic, JVC and Olympus cameras. 

First-Generation Tamron VC Lenses

The following 3 first-generation Tamron VC (Vibration Compensation)  lenses are NOT recommended for use with Metabones Speed Booster/Smart Adapter. These 3 lenses employ a slow CPU shared between AF and VC which is not fast enough to keep up with today's mirrorless speeds, leading to AF inaccuracy problems.

Unsupported First Generation Tamron VC lenses
28-300/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) model: A20 (discontinued); VC function may not operate due to unusually high current requirement
18-270/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro model: B003 (discontinued)
17-50/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) model: B005

These 3 lenses do not report IS activity status to the camera body properly. This is not an issue on genuine Canon DSLR camera bodies because there is no IBIS to cause feature interaction issues.

On all Olympus and Panasonic cameras equipped with in-body image stabilization (IBIS), VC of the lens is always disabled (so that the available lens CPU bandwidth is diverted to AF). Consult your camera's user manual on how to turn on IBIS.

On a Panasonic camera without IBIS, the 'shaky hand' icon does not reflect the VC status of the lens.

Later Tamron VC PZD (Piezo Drive) and VC USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) lenses have plenty of processing power and the newest ones even support smooth iris. Metabones has special firmware support to ensure these later Tamron VC PZD and VC USD lenses are compatible, even though autofocus accuracy may remain unsatisfactory on Panasonic.