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Is Image Stabaliser/Vibration Reduction Any Good?  
User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

Hi All,

I my pursuit of a new lense, I was wondering: Is the IS (Canon) and VR (Nikon) worth the extra money?

Does this feature actually work well, or is it more of a 'gimmick'.

Perhaps some of the photographers here who use such lenses could provide their point of view...

Thanks

Bryan


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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Yes it does work, i talk for canon's IS!

However it only works in the right situation! For aviation i do not find it that usefull, as long as my shutter speed is good enough then i leave it off.

I mainly find it helpfull when i shoot wildlife or candid shots in lower light, forests/city streets, etc!

Chris



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User currently offlineIl76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

Mine (on the Canon 100-400L) is always on. I think it's fantastic!
You may have noticed that more and more Canon lenses get IS on them, so obviously there is a market for it. Definitely not a gimmick.
Eduard


User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

Bryan

Have a look at this site that I found when I was doing some research on lenses.

http://www.photo.net/equipment/canon/is_lenses/

Fergul  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineChrisH From Sweden, joined Jul 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

I use the 70-200 VR. Its useful in low light and for 3/4 shots and such, but when there's lots of quick movement, like panning at an airshow, its best to leave it off. I find pics often end up off-center with VR on in that situation, it sort of drags the lens behind a bit.

It is very useful for panning in only one axis and such, coupled with a monopod for instance.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Thanks for the info - I will check the website out...


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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

When you're are reaching out to 400mm, the IS and VR help is VITAL. Any slight shake at that distance can mess you up and I find them to be extra helpful.

Certainly not a gimmick.

-Phil



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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

I have the 70-200mm VR and at slow shutter speeds and long focal lengths it is excellent. I like to take prop aircraft in motion using slow shutter speeds to capture the sense of speed and create a nice blur effect.

Certainly no gimmick.

Cheers,
Colin



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User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

I also have the Canon 100-400L IS and absolutely love the IS! The day it came it was almost dark but I had to try it, took it outside...aimed it at a sign on a trash rolloff across the street at a building site, 400mm @ 1/30th handheld, sharp as could be, I was sold! It's definately a must have at long focal lengths.

Danny



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User currently offlineSiggi757 From Iceland, joined Oct 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

It is great. I have the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS and it is phenomenal.
I used to have the non-IS version of this lens but traded up about a year ago. I've never looked back. If you can afford it IS is a very nice option.

Just remember that the IS does not freeze the subject...slow shutterspeed is no good for fast moving subjects  Laugh out loud

Siggi


User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Thanks everybody for the great input. I will definitely consider the IS version...

Thanks again

Bryan



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User currently offlineAndrewuber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

Bryan-

If you are in Dubai, there is a GREAT Canon store in Deira... I can't recall exactly where it is, but I know it's not far from Bank street. I have done business there several times, and got great deals (of course, my cousin speaks Hindi and made them give me a better price lol).

Check them out!

Drew

OH yeah - I almost forgot - DEFINATELY go for the IS version! I have the 75-300 IS USM, it's a fantastic lens!

[Edited 2004-12-22 08:32:11]


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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2020 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2898 times:
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I'll be able to give you a good indication, I'm picking up my 75-300 IS today, upgrading from a 100-300 Canon non-IS..I'll be taking it to the airport right after, weather should be ok for pics, not great, but I'm used to it. I'll give you a full update when I get back.  Big thumbs up

-Charlie


User currently offlineTravelRalf From Germany, joined Jun 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Just uploaded two pictures which I took last sunday evening with the Nikon AF-S VR 70-200/2.8

handheld, 1/10sec, VR active:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ralf Meyermann




View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ralf Meyermann



User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

Hi guys, thanks for the pics - seems the extra money is worth it.

Drew - I live in Abu Dhabi, and here they want 10900 dirhams (almost US$3000) for a 70-200 EF 2.8L. Good lense, but they are tryhing to rip me off- nearly a US$1000 more than in the US. I will try find that shop in Deira.

Thanks
BRyan



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User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Hi,

I was spolied early on in my DSLR usage. My first lens was the Canon 75-300 f4-5.6 IS lens, and although the focus wasn't very fast, IS was amazing. This was the first lens Canon implemented the IS with.

After using other non 75-300's, I wouldn't have swapped them in a second. I was left quite shocked when using the Sigma 50-500. Without IS, it's an absolute nightmare to use. IS is fantastic for the greater focal lengths.

After using the Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS and the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS, I couldn't help but go for the superior of the two. By far, hands down... the best zoom I've ever laid my hands on! The Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS has been shown in tests to allow 1/8th handheld 200mm shots (i.e. 3 f-stop saving => 1/60).

This lens allowed me to recently take a Gulf Air shot at night, 400ISO and still manage to have a still perfectly acceptable handheld shot (the aircraft was moving). The only better quality would have come from keeping the aircraft still and using a tripod (yeah, right). So IS saved me here.

I highly recommend paying double in order to get IS!!!!!!

Glenn



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User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

This is the recent IS purchase:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/70-200is.shtml
http://www.photo.net/canon/70-200
(More links on this last page)

I highly recommend it over any zoom.

Glenn



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