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image stabilised lenses

see also:

Olympus/Panasonic/Leica image stabilisation

optical IS lenses:

CCD-shift IS

  • most Olympus Olympus Four Thirds dSLR system and Micro Four Thirds system camera bodies - in addition to being able to use the optical IS Panasonic Leica lenses, have 3-4 stop IS for ALL lenses, so you now have some unique IS opportunities such as:
    • Olympus ZD 8mm fisheye
    • Olympus ZD 7-14 f/4.0 giving 14-28mm f/4.0 IS
      • the widest wide angle IS zooms otherwise are:
        • Olympus ZD 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 giving 22-44mm f/2.8-3.5
        • Olympus ZD 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD giving a great travel lens at 24-120mm f/2.8-4.0 IS
        • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS giving 31-137mm f/4 on Canon 1D
        • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS giving 27-88mm f/2.8 on 1.6x crop Canons
        • Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR giving 27-300mm
    • Leica D 25mm f/1.4 giving a 50mm f/1.4 IS
    • Olympus ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro giving 100mm f/2.0 macro
      • Nikon now has a 105mm f/2.8 but at 158mm that is a bit long
    • Olympus ZD 50-200mm with 2xTC
      • unique hand holdable 800mm f/7 (sharper at f/10) with 1:1 macro at 1.2m close focus
      • E510 IS allows reliable images at 1/200th sec which means images possible in sun or shade at ISO 400.
    • Olympus ZD 300mm f/2.8 giving a potentially hand-holdable 600mm f/2.8 IS weighing 3.3kg
      • the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS on 1.6x crop gives 640mm f/2.8 but weighs 5.3kg
      • alternatively, you could bump the ISO up by 1 stop and use the Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS at only 1.94kg
  • see Four Thirds lenses for all lenses available.
  • any other lens that can be fitted with focal length in range 8mm through to 1000mm (actual focal length not 2x cropped value).
  • although Olympus recommend turning IS OFF when using a tripod, experiments by Stan Williams suggest that turning IS on mode 1 is OK on a tripod, and may be beneficial in minimising mirror vibrations at shutter speeds 1/30th sec - 4 sec range, particularly if your tripod is not super sturdy.
    • also confirmed by Ian Burley's tests.
    • personally, I would turn IS OFF (and use the Antishock setting to put mirror up for at least 5 secs if timing is not critical) whilst on a tripod as per Olympus' recommendations but you may find it improves shots having IS ON when using slow shutter speeds with mirror not up.

Canon IS lenses:

Nikon VR lenses:

photo/lensesis.txt · Last modified: 2011/10/01 03:40 by gary

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