Best DSLR + lens combo for low light, indoor kid shots

Started Jan 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
John_A_G Veteran Member • Posts: 7,713

You have to keep the in-body vs. in-lens stabilization question in perspective.

First:  Both canon and nikon offer consumer zoom lenses that have stabilization and are comparably priced.  They also offer professional grade optics that are either:  A) comparably priced or B) have no equivalent in Sony/Pentax/Olympus.

Second:  where this really comes to a head is the short primes:  35mm, 50mm, 85mm.  The lack of image stabilization would affect a photographer taking photos at shutter speeds slow enough to cause camera shake but fast enough to prevent motion blur.  So - if you're photographing the inside of a church say.  But when you're talking about kids - their own movement often ruins the shot - so image stabilization is a poor solution - which is why those of us with kids suggest flash as a better solution.

So - if you see yourself taking photos at 1/15 shutter with a 35mm, 50mm or 85mm lens of completely stationary subjects - then Sony, Oly or Pentax in-body stabilization can help.

Otherwise, the whole issue is a red herring in my experience.

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