Did you know that when traveling with your image stabilized (IS) lens, it’s suggested that you turn off the IS functionality? Neither did I. Until today.
Posted as a PSA by Redditor momonto, he quotes an unknown reference he found some time ago that says ‘you should always turn off image stabilization on your lens before you travel so as to lock floating lens elements in place.’
Other Redditor chimed in on the matter, with one backing up the claim using anecdotal evidence from an article on LensRentals which states:
Lenses have multiple failure points, including their autofocus systems and image stabilization. Of the two, LensRentals sees image stabilization failing more than autofocus. You should always turn off image stabilization on your lens before you travel so as to lock floating lens elements in place and minimize the chances of them being jostled and damaged en-route.
Some Redditors weren’t as convinced it makes a difference, calling it ‘BS’ and an ‘urban legend.’ According to a handful of commenters, lenses will automatically lock into place upon removing them from a camera body.
A Canon document, pointed out by a few of the aforementioned Redditors confirms this, stating Canon lenses will automatically lock image stabilization into place for safe travel.
Whatever side of the argument you’re on, it’s hard to argue with erring on the side of caution. Lock it up.