Image Stabilized Lenses – Gimic or Need

Image stabilized – yes or no??

I get asked a lot about the need for image stabilized lenses. Many people also want to know if a point and shoot camera should have image stabilization.  People want to know if it is needed to get good pictures or just a gimmick and if it is worth the money?

If you would have asked me years ago I would have said outright don’t waste your money. But as I get older and I push my photography limits I have to say that I do like it.

First a little background

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My newest edition has grown up :-)

I love it when things are all grown up to be what they should be. There are times when you pick-up something that you know it fits you perfectly,  a camera, camera bag, backpack, a nice coat.  Other times you don’t know why but that thing just does not feel right.

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When should you upgrade your camera body?

Canon 70D Time to upgrade your camera
Canon 70D © Paterson Photography

When is it time to upgrade your camera body?

Many of my students ask me this question when I am teaching. Really there is no firm answer that I can give.  Unlike film cameras digital cameras have several things that can hold a photographer back from getting better pictures.  The first thing is the resolution of the camera.  If you have an older camera that is under eight mega pixels then I would say this is a good reason to look at upgrading.  There are many reasons that you may not want to upgrade. Some reasons such as if you only print four by six and five by seven pictures and never go any larger. But if you like larger prints this may be something that is holding you back.

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Full Frame or Cropped Sensor

I have written and talked about this before. But I thought that it was time to revisit the issue on full frame or cropped camera sensors. As many will know I have a number of cropped sensor cameras and I love them. But after hearing so much about full frame, and not wanting to be narrow minded, I have been looking into a full frame sensor camera.  Yesterday I had the chance to take some side by side tests using a Canon 70D and a Canon 5D Mark III. The test was done using the following settings. 400 ISO, 1/500s @ F14 using a Canon 24-70 F4 L lens (same lens on both cameras). The images were shot in RAW then converted using the same settings.

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Autofocus Microadjustment on the 70D

I decided that I would do a Autofocus Microadjustment on my 70D for my Sigma 150 – 500.  I was happy with how the lens and camera focused but was finding I had many shots that were sharper just to the front of the subject, and after talking to a photographer this past weekend in Glacier figured that I would give it a shot (pun intended).  So I did a test shot without the adjustment and a shot after I adjusted it and was happy to see that it was now a lot sharper on the subject.  I really don’t think that it is the lens as much as the way that I shoot so now I have the focus dialed in more for me.

https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/FocusTestChart.pdf

Am I going to do all my lenses? I am not sure.  I shoot differently with all my lenses so to do them all may cause me issues.  For now I am going to watch and see.  I may do my 70 – 200L series as I use that one a lot like the Sigma but I will have to prove to myself that it is working.

Do I recommend this for everyone?  NO!!! (Note: many cameras can only do this if sent to the manufacturer and I would not do this unless I had a lens that was giving me issues) If you can do this yourself on your camera first do some tripod tests using a tripod, then make the decision but only after a lot of tests.

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