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Night Time Photography (Sony Stabilization Problems?)

Night time is always a time for magic, as long as the air between you and the subject is clear and there is sufficient light (For your subject), and you have a tripod with you.

 

Beyond that its a mater of not being too cold. Having gone out yesterday I had taken some pictures of downtown Vancouver using a Sony NEX7 and the 55-210 Lens.

 

Camera was on the tripod, lens seemed to be auto-focusing very nicely, ( I have to say I am very impressed with the Sony NEX-7 and the E-Mount lenses). Even though the 55-200 is a fairly basic lens it looked like some nice shots were coming up on the screen. Being careful I checked them at 100% on the camera screen …  and they were blurry. On a tripod? Using a 2 second shutter release? Why?

 

Well what I found that the SONY NEX7s OSS (Stabilization) must be turned off in order to ensure a sharp shot on a tripod. Strangely, my Nikon with IS/VR turned on (weather on a tripod) does not interfere with the shot if the camera is on a tripod. With the SONY NEX7 they were coming out blurry with a shift to the right and slightly up.

 

I checked the tripod, tightened it, focused, re-focused, put on a 10 second shutter delay, then a 2 second, then walked away just in case my personal gravity was affecting the camera. Then thinking perhaps its the stabilization (OSS) that was being weird I had disabled it and voila fantastic pictures.

 

The shot attached is a 2 frame HDR combination with EXIF of the second shot attached (first one was one and a half stops lighter).

2 shot combined photo out of the Sony NEX7 with 55-210 lens of the Vancouver convention center.
  2 shot combined photo out of the Sony NEX7 with 55-210 lens of the Vancouver convention center.
Shot of the Port
Shot of the Port
the exif for the night time picture of the Vancouver convention center
the exif for the night time picture of the Vancouver convention center