A&P Lens Opinions - Image stabilization or not?

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  1. Astro

    Astro Code Monkey

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    Basically, is the lens image stabilization worth the extra cost?

    I'm shopping for DSLRs. I will admit I'm leaning towards a Nikon D80 as it will support my the lenses I already have and has the features I'm looking for. For background, I have a Nikkor 28-80mm f3.5-5.6D, and a Promaster LD 70-300mm f4-5.6 (35mm flavored lenses). I'm playing with the idea of getting an 18mm lens, most likely the 18-55mm. I see this lens can come with or without image stabilization (VR or non-VR). Are the benefits of the VR lens worth while? Would it be worth while enough to consider the 18-200mm VR lens instead of the 18-55mm?

    I'm trying to think of the photography I do do, and I've managed so far without image stabilization on my 35mm camera. Just curious if I would be missing anything or not.
     
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    IS really makes a difference in long telephoto lenses, less so on wide lenses like the one your looking at. That said, if you can afford it, why not. The VR version is actually pretty cheap.
     
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    IS is very nice
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    IS or nothing, If you cant afford it now, wait.
     
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    18-200VR is what I have and love.
     
  7. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    fantastic on my 70-200 2.8

    played with a 24-105 IS....didnt feel like i really needed it on the short end, but after 70 mm or so, IS is nice
     
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    I can't see it being much help in the 18-55 range, but it's a godsend on my 70-200 :o
     
  9. Astro

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    Ah! I see. Looks like I have some decisions to make then. I found for pretty cheap a used Nikkor 18-55mm non-IS lens (I believe it was a kit lens found in other Nikons). I might go that route for the wide angle. Although maybe I should wait and hold out for the Nikkor 18-200mm VR. From this forum and several others, people seem to really like this lens.
     

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