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Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:16 am

I've put my opinion of the utility of using IS all the time out there and figured that instead of hijacking another thread I would start one of my own.

Topic: My assertion is that IS need not be used all the time in all conditions and that it can in fact work against you in strong ambient light conditions. My personal practice is that I do not use IS unless I am shooting in low ambient light conditions (without a flash) and/or a Tv less than 1/100. Otherwise, I shoot hands free without it.

What say you?

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:22 am

Something is missing from the hypothesis I think... How would it work against you?

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:39 am



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 1):
How would it work against you?

IS is essentially a gyroscope controlled by a microprocessor. Microprocessors have a tendency of thinking they know better than the camera operator and may try to overcompensate for stability when it really isn't needed. Take as analogy automatic functions on digital SLRs. There are a bevy of computer controls (especially in the basic modes) where the computer overrides or tries to override the wishes of the photographer for what it thinks are best given a shooting situation, which is why most photographers use the creative zones on the SLR to gain more control over the shot.
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Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:42 am

I would agree to a certain extent in that it makes no difference over shutter speeds of about 1/200 in my experience. I used to use an IS lens but I've mainly used non-IS over the last couple of years and have only missed it on rare occasions (I use a monopod when needed / practical). There are circumstances where it's invaluable though, ie on dull days and when you want to use slow shutters for motion blur and prop disks etc. I can't see how using it with faster shutter speeds it will work against you. I've never had that problem, but I agree that there's no point in using it with faster shutter speeds. All it's doing is using up battery power. Given the choice, I would still rather have the availability of IS than not.

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:10 pm



Quoting Michlis (Reply 2):

And overcompensation would mean that photos actually turn out blurrier than without IS, right?

OK, interesting. My personal opinion so far of the Nikon equivalent, VR, is that it works, but doesn't do wonders in most cases. Which might be because of this.

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:20 pm



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 4):
And overcompensation would mean that photos actually turn out blurrier than without IS, right?

That's the basic gist of what I'm getting at.
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Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:25 pm



Quoting Michlis (Thread starter):
My assertion is that IS need not be used all the time in all conditions and that it can in fact work against you

I think this statement is correct, because the IS can only do what it is designed for (on Canon lenses, you can have Mode 1 (for stationary objects) and Mode 2 (for horizontal panning). The IS system is designed to counteract handheld motion. Stabilization also takes time (up to a second for older versions), so in some conditions it may indeed work against you...

PS: In another thread (don't remember which one), Willem Honders had pointed out that while doing A2A, the IS is also not working correctly, because the type of vibration (amplitude and frequency) in an aircraft is completely different than handheld motion (for which IS is designed).

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:27 pm

Can we seen some test shots please.

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:39 pm

A good read, with some examples:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/image-stabilization.htm

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:06 pm

I leave Steady Shot on all the time. I only turn it off when it's on a tripod. I haven't seen any adverse effects at very quick shutterspeeds.
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Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:43 pm

Also largely depends on what focal length you use.

While a 70mm shot probably won't need IS with 1/200th of a sec shutter speed a 400mm shot damn well likes IS at that speed  Smile

That being said I leave it on at all times, unless using a tripod. Never worked against me so far.
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Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:27 pm

There is basically no need for an IS if you have sufficient light. Sufficient light means in general if you have 300mm focal length, 1/300s is the minimum you need to get the image without much visible shaking. For 50mm it would be fine from 1/50s upwards. This of course is just a general rule and actually depends on how still you can hold the camera.

The IS is good as soon as those minimum parameters can not be achieved. Depending on the IS it can help you getting images sharp at two to four stops less than required by the general rule. For example, if you need 1/100 @ 100mm you could be fine with 1/50 - 1/25 depending on how good your IS works.

However, the IS can be a disadvantage, too. If you're panning for example to catch a moving object as a car or a biker or stuff like that. The IS could try to compensate your horizontal movement which could make your image blurry as the IS doesn't know, that vertical stabilisation is fine but horizontal must not be applied in this situation.

It can be your friend, but it can also be your enemy. Same btw takes effect when using a tripod. Although your camera is perfectly still and steady on a tripod, minimal vibrations can confuse the IS and you get unsatisfying results.

So if you encounter low light situations an IS can help you to achieve better results that would not have been possible without because of your movement / shake. But there is no guarantee for that. BTW, low light doesn't nessecarily mean that it has to be dark outside. If you shoot on a bright and sunny day for example there is basically enough light but if you shoot at f22/400mm there won't be enough light to get at least 1/400s as long as you are not facing the sun.
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Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:45 pm

It depends how steady you hand is and also the lens you are shooting with.

It stays on 99.9% of the time on my 500 F4 regardless of shutter speed.
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Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:49 pm



Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 8):
A good read, with some examples:

What i meant is I'd like to see some examples of pics with fast shutterspeeds that come out blurrier with IS than without it as indicated in the first post.

Quoting Klemmi85 (Reply 11):
It can be your friend, but it can also be your enemy. Same btw takes effect when using a tripod. Although your camera is perfectly still and steady on a tripod, minimal vibrations can confuse the IS and you get unsatisfying results.

AFAIK IS should always be turned off on a tripod unless you have a new generation IS with recognizes if the camera is on a tripod

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:59 pm



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 13):
AFAIK IS should always be turned off on a tripod unless you have a new generation IS with recognizes if the camera is on a tripod

That's what I heard too. I usually leave the IS on, unless I do long exposures like 1 second or longer.

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Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 6):
PS: In another thread (don't remember which one), Willem Honders had pointed out that while doing A2A, the IS is also not working correctly, because the type of vibration (amplitude and frequency) in an aircraft is completely different than handheld motion (for which IS is designed).

Apart from that IS needs between 0.8 and 1 second to stabilize the frame(to spin up the gyro's).
So in burst mode it never has the time to work.
in this case it might work against you because the gyro's are still at a wobbly low speed.

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:09 pm

Has anyone ever performed a really thorough comparison and/or "shootout" between VR and IS (heck, and Tamron's VC), to examine the pros and cons of each specific system? I'd love to see each system disassembled, explained, and compared.

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:10 pm



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 13):
AFAIK IS should always be turned off on a tripod unless you have a new generation IS with recognizes if the camera is on a tripod

That's why I said IS has trouble when being mounted on a tripod, it was a hint NOT to use it then. Sorry if it was written mistakeable.
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Quoting Aviopic (Reply 15):

Apart from that IS needs between 0.8 and 1 second to stabilize the frame(to spin up the gyro's).
So in burst mode it never has the time to work.

That only applies before taking a shot though, when you activate it before pressing the shutter and then shoot some frames it works continuously

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Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:08 am



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 18):
That only applies before taking a shot though, when you activate it before pressing the shutter and then shoot some frames it works continuously

This is exactly what I was going to say, Tim. I use IS 99% of the time and have never had a problem with it not producing sharp pictures.
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:43 am



Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 18):
That only applies before taking a shot though, when you activate it before pressing the shutter and then shoot some frames it works continuously

The gyro's will work continuously, but this does not mean that your optics are stabilized continuously. Every time you cause a shaky movement with your hands (while panning), the IS-system will try to counteract this by moving the optics and this has always a time delay (I am not sure how big this is...). So, during a long burst with high shutter speeds, the IS is working continuously, but only some frames during the long burst will have the optics stabilized. From that long burst, some will be keepers and some will be for the bin, but since we have a lot of parameters it is difficult to determine when a shot is sharp it is due to the IS or due to the high enough shutter speed...

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Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:30 am



Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 20):
The gyro's will work continuously, but this does not mean that your optics are stabilized continuously. Every time you cause a shaky movement with your hands (while panning), the IS-system will try to counteract this by moving the optics and this has always a time delay (I am not sure how big this is...). So, during a long burst with high shutter speeds, the IS is working continuously, but only some frames during the long burst will have the optics stabilized. From that long burst, some will be keepers and some will be for the bin, but since we have a lot of parameters it is difficult to determine when a shot is sharp it is due to the IS or due to the high enough shutter speed...

Could be but then we are not talking 1 second like Willem mentioned but something far smaller.
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:17 am

I'm a Nikon VR user and am VERY happy with it. I most of the time use ISO100 and aperture priority set at f8 so unless the sun is REALLY shining I frequently get slower shutter speeds, often slower than the focal length in use. That, added to the panning, makes VR lenses a sensible choice and I've certainly noted an improvement since I started using them.

What VR doesn't like is a stable camera, especially on a tripod. It's almost like its looking for movement that isn't there ! It also gets a little confused if you point the camera up at a steep angle, it can't seem to get on too well with horizontal AND vertical movement.

To summarise ?
I use it every time when panning, even if the pan speed is slow.
If the camera is being held steady on a static shot or on a tripod then I turn it off.
 
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:07 pm



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 4):
And overcompensation would mean that photos actually turn out blurrier than without IS, right?



Quoting Michlis (Reply 5):
That's the basic gist of what I'm getting at.

I'm confused as to how this is possible. If IS can allow for a sharp photo in low light at a slower shutter speed, how does a faster shutter speed in sufficient light result in a blurrier image because of IS? Shouldn't the stabilization effect be applied the same way at all shutter speeds and offer the same possible sharpness at all speeds? Now, if one argued that you could get a sharper image in sufficient light without IS because IS peaks in regards to the benefit to sharpness, I could see that as maybe making some sense. In other words, having IS turned on in suffiecient light wont hurt your image, but your image could benefit a little more without it when lighting is sufficient. If that is the case, then I would see that as an indication that an image taken with IS at any shutter speed in any lighting condition will never equal in sharpness to the maximum sharpness possible when taken with fast shutter speeds in bright light without IS. The benefit of IS of course, comes from still being able to get a decently sharp photo in conditions otherwise near impossible when shooting hand-held without...which I believe is it's purpose.

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Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:22 pm



Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 23):
Did that make any sense?

Shutter speed ain't the problem. The only problem with IS is, that you must not use it in certain conditions because it was not designed that way.

IS is designed to compensate the shake of your hand and that works pretty good normally. BUT it CAN mess up your image if you handhold your camera and start to pan. Then IS would try to compensate a movement it shouldn't compensate. With panning I mean that you are following a moving object as a plane for example getting the object sharp and a blurry speed background.

If your IS can be switched to vertical stab only you don't have that possible problem. As I said, this CAN happen, it does NOT have to, all depends on individual situation.

However, on a tripod IS must not be used either because it ain't designed to compensate vibrations when mounted to a steady stand as they differ a lot from those of your hands. The IS can become confused then and mess up the picture.

However, when handheld it's barely impossible that IS makes your image any worse. And yes, you benefit most from it when you encounter low-light conditions but it doesn't hurt to keep it switched on all the time except when using it on a tripod, stand or other steady mount or panning.

For the panning thing, that is just try and error, normally everything is fine even with IS switched on but as stated, the intended motion can confuse IS, it doesn't have to.
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:30 pm

From Canon's CPN website:

Image Stabilisation:

The following sequence of events takes place when the camera shutter release button is partially depressed:

The special stabiliser lens group, which is locked in a central position when not active, is released.
Two gyro sensors start up and detect the speed and angle of any camera movement.
The sensor data is passed to a microcomputer in the lens that analyses it and prepares an instruction for the special stabiliser lens group.
This instruction is transmitted to the stabiliser lens group that moves at a speed and direction to counteract the camera movement.
This complete sequence is repeated continuously so that there is an instant reaction to any change in the amount or direction of the camera shake.
When the first EF IS was introduced, it was the first time that a high speed 16-bit microcomputer had been incorporated in a lens. The computer simultaneously controls the image stabilisation, ultrasonic motor (for focusing the lens) and the electromagnetic diaphragm (for setting the lens aperture).

Image stabilisation is effective with movement from 0.5Hz to 20Hz (1Hz is one movement cycle per second). This will cope not only with situations from simple camera shake (0.5Hz to 3Hz), but also the engine vibrations encountered when shooting from a moving vehicle or helicopter (10Hz to 20Hz).

Recent lenses also have the IS system up and running within 0.5 second of partial pressure on the shutter button, rather than the 1 second delay with earlier lenses.

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Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:46 pm



Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 25):
This will cope not only with situations from simple camera shake (0.5Hz to 3Hz), but also the engine vibrations encountered when shooting from a moving vehicle or helicopter (10Hz to 20Hz).

Engine vibrations ok(although I can't see how a radial engine running at +2000rpm generates a vibrations between 10 and 20Hz other then a harmonic)but it still can't cope with turbulence and G-load.
Apart from that in many bigger then Cessna a/c you'll find a lot of 400Hz vibrations(IDG's, rotary Inverters etc) which still can cause problems for IS.

The latest IS systems will switch off when it detects to be mounted on a tripod because a gyro doesn't spin in a straight line, see it as the rotation of mother earth(it wobbles a bit).
The will cause the frame to shift from left to right and vice versa leaving you with a blurry image(at long exposures).
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:08 pm

An example of what G-load does with IS(24-104/4 L)
http://www.honders.net/tmp/_MG_9937.jpg

Same angle and load with IS off

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Quoting Aviopic (Reply 27):
24-104/4 L

5D Mark II ?
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:29 pm



Quoting Klemmi85 (Reply 24):
Shutter speed ain't the problem.

But according to the OP's original hypothesis shutter speed would have something to do with it since the claim is that in bright conditions where shutter speeds are often high enough that IS isn't needed, IS can hurt you with blurrier images instead of help you. That's the statement I was trying to wrap my head around...

Quoting Klemmi85 (Reply 24):
The only problem with IS is, that you must not use it in certain conditions because it was not designed that way.

In my experience, IS has saved my butt for panning shots. Even on a lens where there is only one IS mode (no panning mode) I have achieved great results especially panning in low light. Without it, not a chance at those shutter speeds hand held...
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:36 pm

Out of curiosity, what is the slowest shutter speed you all would attempt a panning shot without the aid of VR/IS?

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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 30):
Out of curiosity, what is the slowest shutter speed you all would attempt a panning shot without the aid of VR/IS?

Depends on focal length and weight of the lens used.
Currently I have a Sigma 300/2.8 on loan.
Although this 2 kg lumb is a piece of quality glass at 1/200 I didn't get many keepers Big grin
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:50 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 30):
Out of curiosity, what is the slowest shutter speed you all would attempt a panning shot without the aid of VR/IS?

1/focal length seconds.
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Quoting Klemmi85 (Reply 28):
5D Mark II ?

Both taken with a 20D
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:58 pm



Quoting Aviopic (Reply 33):
Both taken with a 20D

But it's the same lens as bundled with the 5D Mark II, isnt it? The 24-105 F4 L, right? If so, are you satisfied with it?
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Quoting Klemmi85 (Reply 34):
But it's the same lens as bundled with the 5D Mark II, isnt it?

That's up to you I suppose.

Quoting Klemmi85 (Reply 34):
If so, are you satisfied with it?

You must be new around here haha  Big grin
No I am not satisfied with the 24-105/4 L but then again I've never been a fan of the Canon price/quality relation if we are talking lenses that is.
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:28 pm



Quoting Aviopic (Reply 26):
Engine vibrations ok(although I can't see how a radial engine running at +2000rpm generates a vibrations between 10 and 20Hz other then a harmonic)but it still can't cope with turbulence and G-load.

I completely agree with you, Willem (I also do remember your posts  Smile ) I was just quoting this text from the Canon CPN website, clearly stating where the IS is designed for (that specific frequency range). I would not want to carry lenses around that would have systems built in to cope with random turbulence frequencies and with G-load  biggrin 

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 35):
No I am not satisfied with the 24-105/4 L but then again I've never been a fan of the Canon price/quality relation if we are talking lenses that is.

I am still volunteering to trade it with my EF28-105, which has a much better quality/price ratio (but since the price is also much lower than yours, quality is likewise lower)  Smile

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Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:44 pm



Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 36):
I would not want to carry lenses around that would have systems built in to cope with random turbulence frequencies and with G-load

Don't think it can be achieved with built in stabilizers anyway.
There are special stabilized mounts for this purpose though but expensive.
http://www.motionpicturemarine.com/
Thinking about making something myself for this purpose.
Shouldn't be to difficult and I've got gyro's enough in the shop  Wink
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Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:21 pm



Quoting Aviopic (Reply 37):
Don't think it can be achieved with built in stabilizers anyway.

That's what I was thinking as well.

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 37):
There are special stabilized mounts for this purpose though but expensive.
http://www.motionpicturemarine.com/

Thanks for the link, interesting read!

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 37):
Thinking about making something myself for this purpose.
Shouldn't be to difficult and I've got gyro's enough in the shop

I thought you were already using one, Willem  Smile

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Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:39 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 30):
Out of curiosity, what is the slowest shutter speed you all would attempt a panning shot without the aid of VR/IS?

Mate you can easily with panning practice get it down to about 10-15% focal length.
This was taken with the 300/2.8IS and i took this with the 50D so 480mm equivalent.
IS mode 2 and 1/40th standing on a hill in a gusting 30kt wind.

Technique is everything and with practice good success rates at 10% and less of focal length are obtainable with IS.
Without IS it will depend on conditions and how good your panning technique and shutter squeeze is.
id be thinking from my old experience that about 50% focal length will be about as low as you would expect to get consistent results.
Big difference between 1/250th and 1/40th on the effect on the final result.
Hence why you should be getting an IS lens!  Smile
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RE: To Is Or Not Is That Is The Question

Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:19 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 30):
Out of curiosity, what is the slowest shutter speed you all would attempt a panning shot without the aid of VR/IS?

2H4

You can do 1/60sec on 300mm without IS/VR. I don't have any VR type lens available - so I have to learn to make do without it. If you have a very fast camera (as I do), you can just hold down the button and let the camera click away.

That said, I'm getting a new VR equipped Nikkor lens sometime in the next month (after my Sigma comes back from the Sigma hospital all nice and pretty again) - so I'll soon find out what they are like.

Given that I normally use no less than 300mm (and plan to use 400mm with 1.4x TC in the future) - I suspect VR will help.

Has anyone tried any of the Nikkor lenses with VR II? Do they live up to Nikon's claims?

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 31):
Although this 2 kg lumb is a piece of quality glass at 1/200 I didn't get many keepers Big grin

No OS, huh?  

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RE: To Is Or Not Is That Is The Question

Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:00 am

Thanks very much for the info on panning, guys. Good stuff. Darren, that shot is beautiful.

Now, if you were choosing a lens somewhere between 200mm and 300mm, and had a choice between a f/2.8 WITHOUT VR/IS, or a slower lens WITH VR/IS, which would you prefer and why?

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RE: To Is Or Not Is That Is The Question

Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:09 am

G'day 2H4
Ok in that instance id normally get the IS lens. I would only get the non IS 2.8 or faster for a specific use like needing the Bokeh in portrait shots. Thats why i have a 85/1.2 II.
Amazing Bokeh and the best portrait lens ever put on the market.
I would myself get a slower IS lens for aviation stuff in most cases really depends on focal length and the specifics of what you will be using it for.
200 or longer ill take the IS. Using it for panning and low light or even just the benefit of shooting when the wind is blowing strong makes a difference.
Horses for courses. I have a 24-70L non IS opposed to the 24-105F4 IS because i use the 2.8 Bokeh quite a bit for strret photos.
Really comes down to what you want and why..
Darren
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