IS versus aperture in low light

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KatManDEW
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IS versus aperture in low light
Aug 16, 2011

I see lots of folks talking about wanting/needing something like the 24-70 f/2.8L for low light shooting. But since that lens doesn't have IS, wouldn't the 24-105 f/4L be better for handheld shooting in low light, since it has three stop IS? If f/2.8 is desired for bokeh, or higer shutter speeds, f/2.8 is understandable. But for low light, handheld, isn't the three stop IS more valuable than one stop of aperture?

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