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    IS Mode 1 and 2?

    I bought the new Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS II yesterday (oh yes..... outstanding lens) and cannot work out what is the actual differences between the IS Mode 1 and 2.

    The read the manual and it wasn't of much help. Can anyone here with experience help me with some advice?

    Canon 5D MKII, 7D
    Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II | EF 24-70mm F2.8L | EF 16-35mm F2.8L II | EF 180mm F3L Macro | EF 85mm F1.8

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    Arch-Σigmoid Ausphotography Regular ameerat42's Avatar
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    18 Sep 2009
    Nthn Sydney
    Eddie. Have a look @ this page from DP Review (towards the bottom for IS). Am.
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    Grand Poobah
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    28 Aug 2008
    Mode 1 will stabilize the subject on both the X and Y axis ie. up and down and side to side. Mode 2 is more commonly used for motorsports or running for example, as it engages the IS for panning of the Y axis - going across from side to side to track a moving vehicle or a person.

    Stick with Mode 1 for 99% of your photos

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    Edgar's Avatar
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    05 Jan 2009
    Cool thanks for that guys.

    I got a little confused as to why there is a need for Mode 2 since Mode 1 does exactly the same thing. Because if I were taking a panning shot, I will not be shifting my lens back and forth horizontally.

    Okay, stick with Mode 1 it is then

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