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Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:19 pm

I was looking at buying the EF 70-200MM and I was wondering if the Non-IS version would work just as well as the IS version for plane spotting.

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Ethan
 
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:36 pm

Hi Ethan,

Not necessary, but it does help. Especially if you're shooting in low light conditions and/or if you have shaky hands.

I have the 70-200 F4 non-IS as well and it's a great lens, also for aviation photography.
 
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:45 am

airkas1 wrote:
I have the 70-200 F4 non-IS as well and it's a great lens, also for aviation photography.


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It's a fantastic lens. Super-sharp.

For daytime airplane photography, it's phenomenal. Whether you need IS or not is really up to you and your shooting habits, etc.
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:07 am

you can use a tripod if u want.
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:00 am

You can also compensate by having a high enough shutter speed; use the reciprocal rule, and keep your shutter speed faster than that. If you have a crop sensor camera, you also need to multiply the focal length by the crop factor before doing the calculation.
 
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:00 am

kiadspotter wrote:
I was looking at buying the EF 70-200MM and I was wondering if the Non-IS version would work just as well as the IS version for plane spotting.

Thanks,
Ethan


It helps enormously. Though I used to be doing shots at 1/3sec, F/2.8 and ISO1600.

In daylight conditions at normal shutter speeds you don't need it so much.
 
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:12 pm

If you can afford the extra money, get it. Better to have it and turn it "off" than need it and not have it! All my lenses have image stabilization ("vibration control" in Nikon speak) except for my wide angle lenses (e.g. 10mm f2.8, and 12-24 mm). It is left in the "on" position always except when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:57 pm

Under good conditions you don't need an IS. I would recommend the 70-200 2.8 which is a much better lens in my opinion.

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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:04 pm

There are a lot of photographers on here who are using 70-200 f4 non IS L. Sure, if you can afford the f2.8, go for it but it an expensive lens and designed for the pro market, not the gifted amateur.

"Though I used to be doing shots at 1/3sec, F/2.8 and ISO1600".

I hope there was a valid rationale for doing so!
 
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:57 pm

Some IS lenses have two modes...one for holding the lens steady and the other for panning. It can make a difference.
 
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:17 pm

70-200/2.8 IS is my favourite lens by far and probably the best for spotting, arguably!
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:49 am

fergulmcc wrote:
70-200/2.8 IS is my favourite lens by far and probably the best for spotting, arguably!


Unless you need to shoot something at 60 or 300mm...... in which case it's useless. ;-)

'Best lens for spotting' is subjective - there are spots at my local (MAN) where <70mm is required.
 
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Re: Is Image Stabilization on a lens necessary to plane spot?

Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:22 am

As someone already stated, better to have it and not always use it, than need it and not have it --> get IS!
Personally, maybe 5% of my photos require IS to increase the probability of success. I would miss the best photos without it for sure. Also the IS in that perticular lense is really good!

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