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Old 30th January 2011
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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

I haven't noticed this, for there a quite a few circumstances in which one can get blurry shots (I get them too) but if it is all the way through an image field it is usually camera shake. So by extension, the IS might have something to do with it.

It's my understanding that the IS (which certainly seems to be more powerful on the E-5 than it is on my old E-520) is calibrated each time you switch the power off, when the camera vibrates. I seem to recall reading - possibly in the manual but I haven't referred to it for this post - that the camera should be held vertically i.e. normal position when this is done. I am now wondering whether if you hold the camera vertically in the portrait position while powering off, the recalibration might be different (and solve your problem). Inconvenient though...

With my E520 I did some sample shots with and without IS on a tripod, using the 35mm which is very sharp, and frankly there was little difference in quality. I recently asked Ian if he would do some comparative IS/non IS tripod shots with the E5 and the 35-100
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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

Try using the other of the two IS settings? One provides for horizontal stabilisation or panning mode, the other I presume to be for the vertical side of the equation? If IS is set on the wrong one then it may make things more pronounced. Easily over-looked... and again, apologies for teaching my granny to suck eggs.
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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

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It's not a focus issue, the camera and lenses focus fine, especially now I've calibrated any lenses I suspected to be OOF, it's something to do with the Image Stabilisation predominately when shooting with the camera in portrait orientation, with it off the images are sharp and clear, with it on they have a degree of blur which seems to vary from barely perceptible to rendering an image unusable.
I'll just shoot with IS off for the time being, I'm just glad I've finally found out why my images were sometimes soft, it was very frustrating.

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I can't say I have noticed this with mine but just to be sure I will give it a quick test tomorrow (work permitting).
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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

To quote Neddog from another forum....

"Whether in portrait orientation or landscape orientation, you should be on IS.1 for hand-held shots with no intentional movement (panning), and free of any support (monopod, tripod, etc).

IS.2 is for panning sideways in landscape orientation, and IS.3 is for panning sideways in portrait orientation. On a tripod IS should be in OFF, and with a monopod it should be OFF or IS.3 (in landscape orientation)."
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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

This also explains why I struggled to calibrate the focus of my lenses, especially the 14-35, I couldn't understand why I couldn't get consistent focus and spent days finding the optimum setting It wasn't necessarily the focus that was out.

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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

To see it clearly view images at 100%, you don't really need to do a test, just look at images you have already taken with the E5, it's very obvious, if they look sharp and clean then you don't have the issue. Mine is worst in portrait orientation and looking back at the shots I've taken this way most of them exhibit it to varying degrees.

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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

I am not going to pretend I know what is going on here - but the normal operation of IS on such a shot taken hand held should not be degraded by IS - any IS setting!

Whilst IS can degrade a static shot the level of degredation is more akin to shooting at F16 than an OOF image. I've never had any visible degredation unless shooting with a remote trigger - I'm obviously clumsy with the shutter button!

OTOH you can get all sorts (of highly visible/obvious) issues using the wrong setting when panning - but that's a completely different matter.

If IS is causing this then there is a fault somewhere.
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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

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I have no focus issues with the E5, it focuses fine with all my lenses even the 90-250 photographing birds. When using long lenses a high shutter speed is imperative when photographing birds to avoid subject movement in which case motion blur is no longer an issue either as the shutter speed is high enough, so it's not required to turn IS on.

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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

You may have something here Paul. I've just looked back through quite a few images taken on different days and in different conditions and occasionally I do come across a shot at a shutter speed and focal length that you would have expected to be sharp.
Now this could well have been operator error but I'm doubtful... the other point is that of these 'blurred' (at the 100% level) images mostly are orientated as a portrait.

I think I will try a little experimentation tomorrow (if I get time).
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Yeah I'm wondering if the IS isn't detecting the camera has been tilted to portrait orientation and is applying IS corrections as if it was still in landscape orientation.

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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

This is all very well but how does it explain the fact that I get AF confirm light and beep when the subject is obviously OOF even through the viewfinder? It has happened with and without monopod and never happens with my E30.

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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

I had a fairly similar problem a while ago when using my 12-60 on the E510. My problem was completely cured by a quick clean of the lens contacts on the camera body.

I do not know if that would work on yours but it might be worth a try

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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

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Yeah I'm wondering if the IS isn't detecting the camera has been tilted to portrait orientation and is applying IS corrections as if it was still in landscape orientation.

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In IS1 this shouldn't matter Paul, only if you are panning and stabilizing in one plane only.
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Re: E5 and unsharp photos

You have a focus issue I have an issue with IS.

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