First time buying an DSLR

Started Jun 23, 2007 | Discussions thread
Michel J Veteran Member • Posts: 4,009
Tripod and IS, not the same OK I agree.

Ah! OK, I agree after all, not the same fonction. Huhh!

Tanks a lot for try to openning my mind.


sjgcit wrote:

if you have Image Stabilization you don't need to keep a tripod !

As pointed out this is NOT correct.

IS works by trying to compensate for small movements of the
camera+lens while shooting. However if you need to freeze action
IS is less useful. A side effect is that IS tends to work best if
the camera can push the shutter speed up. This means you do not
freeze the scene. Don't misunderstand - it is useful, but it's not
as good as a tripod, which allows you to retain greater control of
camera settings.

You have lot's of options if you want to steady a camera.
Beanbags, Tripods, Monopods, benches, walls, and a bit of careful
leaning against a lampost will all do a pretty good job. I took a
1 sec exposure inside a poorly lit church the other day simply by
putting the camera on the pew and using a timer to shoot. I think
the shot is actually better because it was well exposed at low ISO,
and even with IS I would have needed a higher ISO.

IS is a useful accessory, particularly for travel, but not a
replacement for a tripod or another means of steadying the camera.

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