A lot of good information in this thread, mostly about "technology"; read: "image stabilization", or "IS
" for short. Everyone on here wants to take "sharp images"; it's always been like that; way before "AF", "IS
", "zoom lenses", and all the rest of the great advances in camera gear that "technology" has brought us. One other thing all that great "stuff" has brought us;
Cameras that now cost more than fine cars "used" to cost us ! Don't misunderstand me, I love all this "stuff", just like everyone else, but I found out years ago; great ( sharp ) photographs are made with a firm understanding of BASIC PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLES, then you add the "gadgetry" to make them "easier".
You want "sharp" ? fast shutter speed, with a "rock-solid" camera; read: TRIPOD; ( or bean bag, copy stand, however you can get your the camera to remain perfectly motionless while the shutter is opening and closing.
"Sharp" has always required "perfect focus", and that used to be much harder to achieve than it is now, but then someone went a step farther and came up with......."AF
" ! Now the camera does it for you ! But even that wasn't enough; ( no one likes to drag a big old tripod around, myself included. ) So, we get "IS
" ; IS
, whatever you want to call it, is "extra complicated gadgetry", ( which I'm thinking few people outside camera designers and geniuses understand ), but all camera companies now have to offer it, or everyone would buy the competitor's cameras.
A few mere mortals on here explained it very well, much better than I ever could. I tend to try to understand things that I really need, that I MUST have; "IS
" fits that criteria only rarely. I still try for "sharp" the "old fashioned" way........TRIPOD !
Big fat BALL HEAD ! ( up to about 400mm), above which I don't do a lot, but when I do, Gimbal head;
For some odd reason, I seem to always have my old 80-200 f / 2.8 AF ED
) on my Nikon, and I think I just found a way to leave my Gitzo at home more often. I think it will afford "sharp" up to 200, 300, maybe even 400 mm. (I just posted a "thread" about it, so won't repeat myself here; ( New Way To Carry Your D SLR )
Listen people...........I'm not criticizing anyone here ! You're a smart bunch of fellows, and I love looking at all your fine airplane photos ! I'm just trying to point out what you already know; Ya gotta know the basics ! ( and don't forget to turn off the "IS
" when you put your camera on your tripod ! )
O.K., now that I've said all of that.............I have a question, someone might know; I putter around on eBay a lot; the other day, I ran across a "gadget" that, A. I didn't know existed, and B. If they really "work", I need one bad ! Some "outfit" in Hong Kong ( or Taiwan ) sells an "adapter" , which has a Nikon mount on one end, and a Canon mount on the other end. I'm sure you would lose some light because it would get the lens a little farther away, but I could live with that; I shot with a grand old Canon F-1 for years, and I have a BUNCH of great Canon FD
, manual focus lenses, all in "like new" condition that I sure would like to be able to mount on my 300s; has anyone ever used one of these "adapters", and if so, do they really work ? I used to do a lot of macro stuff, and I've still got a great bellows, bunch of ext.tubes, copy stand, etc etc. ( And a great 200 mm / f2.8 prime with a bunch of 77mm filters for ) It never even occurred to me that there may be a way to attach a Canon FD
mount to a Nikon body.) ( My fingers are crossed! )
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein