Please comment briefly on your experience with image stabilized lenses/cameras.

Please comment briefly on your experience with image stabilized lenses/cameras.
Yes, and I have found that I get a greater percentage of steady shots with it.
75% (165 votes)
No, I just raise ISO or work with a tripod anyway.
10% (22 votes)
I have not yet worked with an image stabilized system.
15% (34 votes)
Total votes: 221

Lance Murray's picture

I have worked with longer lens with IS, and without. For low light and long range shots, the IS is wonderful. Why raise the ISO and risk grainy images? Also, tripods are nice, unless you are out hiking all day, or moving alot (like at sports activites).

Wallace Stokes's picture

I bought my FZ20 specially for the image stabilization and have never regretted that decision. Photgraphing fast moving grandchildren has been a lot easier.

Ronnie Waide's picture

I have used Canon lenses for many years. I use the Canon 100-400, 28-135, 70-300, all of which are stabilized. The stabilization in these lenses help a great deal compared to the other lenses I use.

Ron Head's picture

Have a Nikkor 80-400 VR lens and like it quite well. With incresing arthritis in my hands and thus loosing some stability even with heavier gear, I find using the 80-400 fantastic. This focal range also allows for ease of carrying when walking around festivities, fairs, car shows, etc.

Willis T.  Bird's picture

Mine is a Panasonic FZ15 but I am old a shaky thus needing a tripod. When using the tripod the IS needs to be shut off.

John Gladden 's picture

I have a Minolta 7D and have used the image stabilization feature several times at ISO 200 and low light. The pictures were very sharp and clear.

Bill Krantz's picture

I have the Canon 20D with the EF-S 17-85 IS zoom lens. It works just so great! For landscape work, though, I use a very sturdy tripod. Nothing beats a steady support.

David Moore's picture

I have 3 VR lenses for the D2X; I wouldn't have it any other way.

Rhonda Woolery's picture

I have two IS lenses and enjoy the freedom they give me when a tripod is not an option. My percentage of blurred hand held shots has decreased and I'm very satisfied with the IS feature.

Pete Morales's picture

The canon 70-200 is is a prime example of a great lens with a stabilization feature, I love it.

Peter Bradin's picture

I have worked with several Canon IS lenses in the short to mid tele ranges (28-135, 24-105) and longer telephoto (70-200, 300)ranges in both nature and sports and have found worthwhile benefits of IS in every lens I have used. The extra cost is well worth it. If an IS lens is available in the range I am looking for I will take a little extra time to save up for it every time.

Don Carter's picture

Taking images of Lake Michigan lighthouses in 20mph winds without IS would have need extremely difficult. Canon's IS saved the day.

H.  Royer's picture

I've never worked with Image Stabilization and I'm not worried about it. I shoot lots of action pics (like hockey and shows) and never had problems using ISO 800 and over with a tripod. And using Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro 4-5.6 all of this is in settings.

Andrew Thomas's picture

I've only worked with image stabilization with a 70-300 zoom and wouldn't trade it. I am anxious to use other types of lenses with stabilization.

Allen Wilson's picture

I do a lot of High School football and baseball shots. I think it is a great advantage.

Shane Cleminson's picture

I recently bought a Canon 70-200L IS and have found the IS has saved me alot. I have been shooting motocross with it after trading up from a non IS I am convinced it was worth every cent.

Robert Christopulos's picture

I can get wonderful results in fairly low light areas without camera shake and with fairly low ISOs. All of this without sacrificing quality, lugging around tripods or violating policy by using flash. I defy anyone to duplicate what I do without image stabilization.

Robert Pike's picture

I have used Canon's 75-300mm IS. As an amateur, I am continuously learning about photography. At first use, I would sometimes get blurry results & couldn't understand why. During a recent trip to the zoo, I decided to manually focus all of my shots & ended up with better results. But the image stabilization definitely helps me & my hand shake. Probably too much coffee in the A.M.

Susannah Sofaer Kramer's picture

My Canon 75-300 IS is my favorite lens to use. It has freed me from my tripod when photographing horses and wildlife.

Stuart Bell's picture

My IS lens offers me 2 f stops of steadiness to use as I need. Lower speed, lower ASA - whatever is required. Sort of an electronic tripod.

Martin Hogge's picture

With a Canon 5D it's possible to take handheld night shots in places where you can't take a tripod.

Dave New's picture

It's not a panacea for all low-light situations (it doesn't freeze moving subjects, for instance), but for the ones that it will work with, it provides a 2 or more stop handheld advantage. Coupled with the almost noise-free ISO 400 performance of today's DSLR sensors, you no longer have to invest in pricey fast glass to work in low light. The fastest zooms I have are f3.5 or so, and I have a handful of fast f1.8 primes for those situations that demand them.

Harry Brink's picture

Image stabilization should be incorporated into the camera bodies, not the lenses.

Joe A.'s picture

For hand-held work, IS-enabled gear is a great benefit. Still, nothing beats a tripod, mirror lock up and a remote release for consistent image quality - when the subject allows!

Elwood Main's picture

Panasonic has an excellent system. I have the 2005 model DMC-Z20. Action shots are much better.

Harry's picture

I shot a series of images and compared those with IS turned on to those with IS turned off. It made the most significant difference handheld at the shutter "limit" for handheld shots, i.e. 1/50 for 50mm lens.

Rod's picture

Really effective for telephoto lenses. I use one for sports shooting and have been very impressed.

Alan Fisher's picture

I am new to DSLR, and have started to see a need for stabilization equipment

Robert Covell's picture

We never had I.S. in the "old days" of film users and my current DSLR does not employ it either in lens or in body. However, as with every innovation which makes our lives easier, I think it's a wonderful idea. My only reservation is the possibility that the diciplines that help to mold a person into a fine photographer will fall by the wayside and be replaced with sloppy practices.

Michael Wiebe's picture

It allows me to focus on seeing my photo instead of is it going to be clear.