A&P image stabilizer really worth the extra money?

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  1. hott-nix

    hott-nix New Member

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    a friend has the canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens and i like it and would like to add it to my 18-55 kit lens. canon offers this lens with and without image stabilization. will i notice a huge difference with the IS feature? i'm just an amatuer. i dont use this for anything other than hobby shooting. i am not looking for anything more than the additional range, but if the IS will provide a huge increase in image quality, then i want to consider that one.
    the IS model is much more expencive. but is it worth it for me to buy it over the non-IS version? ive shot a few with the non IS but dont have access to the one with IS.

    not sure what to get.
     
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    IS is a lot more useful at long focal lengths than it is at shorter ones. Do you hand-hold a lot, or do you usually use a tripod? If you're a hand-holder, definitely go with IS. If you always use a tripod, then non-IS is probably a better choice.
     
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    Especially at that aperture, you'll probably be shooting in slow shutter speeds, and with the long zoom, there's bound to be camera shake blur, so I'd say get the IS.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    The extra money I spent on the IS was worth it, no doubt. I use it all the time for motorsport panning (IS mode 2) but even in mode 1 I can see a difference. I forgot to turn IS back on when I took an interior shot of a car and the shutter speeds were down to about 1/30. The pic came out blurry at 200mm. I turned IS on and it came out sharp.
     
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    hott-nix New Member

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    i dont usually use a tripod. i like to walk around and shoot.
    ive been trying to find sample photos taken with my body and that lens but no luck. any of you guys have that lens by any chance?
     
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    NJGuy "Fuckmefuckmefuckmefuckmef uckmefuckmefuckmefuckm OT Supporter

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    1/30 @ 200mm?

    Some nice IS right there :naughty:

    I wouldnt shoot 200mm any less than 1/300 handheld if at all possible.
     
  7. That's nothing




    people in motion frozen

    200mm 1/8 f/4.0
    on tripod, no flash

    up on the second floor of the church
    Very little tweeking in LR

    IS FTW


    [​IMG]
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Indoors, I've been able to hand hold down to 1/15 at 200mm with IS on. :bigthumb:
     
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    IS does work, but in a very limited respect.

    If you shoot anything with moving objects, its more or less worthless as lowering the shutter will not keep them from moving and you'll still get motion blur.

    I rarely, if ever, turn it on when shooting motorsports, even mode 2 sucks when panning, I can do better without it.

    When shooting static shots in low light and you need to lower that shutter speed down into the 1/30 or 1/15 range, it does a good job. But if anyone moves at all when shooting at those shutters you'll still get motion blur in teh subject.

    So it just depends on what you shoot and whether you think it would help or not.
     

  10. :bigthumb:
     
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    repost the photo pete. also you should be aware that using IS while on a tripod can cause IS to go spastic and cause camera shake.
     
  12. Yeah I wasn't using a cable release either, I'm amazed at the quality I got using such a slow shutter speed.

    when I get home I'll post a partial crop of the full size image
     
  13. Laugh all you want. This is a 100% crop.. so :fawkd:

    Not saying it's the bomb or anything but you can see it's pretty sharp for being shot at

    1/8th of a second
    at f/4.0
    ISO 500.
    on tripod
    no timer or cable release used, also VERY little motion blur.

    Keep in mind this is a 100% crop, no one will notice the tiny bit of motion blur in the priests hands.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. I need to get noise ninja and not be afraid to shoot at higher ISO but I prefer minimal post processing as possible.
     
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    Tripod at a wedding FTL.

    The groomsman wants to hit that shit.


     

  16. What do you do when you can't use flash if you don't use a tripod?

    How do you take shots from the upper deck at churches? Hand hold at ISO 1600 then run images through noise ninja or something?

    I really need to get noise ninja :o
     
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    Use faster lenses, don't shoot from the upper deck?
     

  18. I also shoot from down below, taking the same shot from different views and angles for the win.. :dunno:

    70-200 f/2.8L IS = pretty fast :dunno:

    what happens when you cant use flash in the church, hand hold? :o
     
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    Why would one use ISO 1600 unless you were outside on a ridiculously sunny day? /noob

    When I'm insude I usually use 100/200 :dunno: why you'd use 1600 in a church
     
  20. :mamoru: :bigthumb:
     
  21. 1.8

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    I am missing something here :o
     

  22. :rofl: yes I think so
     
  23. 1.8

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    No srsly why do you want to shoot at a higher ISO?
     
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    I think you got it backwards
     
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    The lowers the iso(100) the less light
     

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