How limiting is lack of image stabilization in Pany bodies?

Started Feb 13, 2013 | Questions thread
idiotekniQues
idiotekniQues Senior Member • Posts: 1,255
Re: Old School

mrxak wrote:

idiotekniQues wrote:

mrxak wrote:

Anders W wrote:

mrxak wrote:

I guess I'm old school, because all this newfangled stabilization seems fairly superfluous to me. So far my experience has been with Panasonic bodies and I'll leave OIS on if it's available with the lens I'm shooting with, but for lenses without, I don't care one bit. It makes no difference.

When I started with photography, digital wasn't even a thing yet, and when I got some formal training, it was with film. There was certainly no image stabilization involved with any photography I did until I got into M43. Heck, excluding point-and-shoot cameras, M43 is the first time I'm doing color photography.

So, anyway, decisions about shutter speed and such are second nature to me. I've used beanbags before. I've shot on tripods with a mechanical remote shutter release. You know, one of those little pokey-things in a cable. I know how to get pictures without making them all blurry (unless blur is something I want!).

Any shot where image stabilization is going to be a critical factor in the outcome of the picture is probably well outside your typical experience in photography. I'd even bet I can get the same exact shot without image stabilization, too, with a little creativity. Long shutter times can be compensated for easily, cheaply, if you have a bit of experience and enough motivation.

I suppose that what you mean when you say that "long shutter times can be compensated for easily, cheaply, if you have a bit of experience and enough motivation" is a sturdy tripod. As far as I am aware, that's the only thing that can really replace as opposed to merely supplement a stabilization system built into the camera or lens (but let me know if I am wrong).

Such a tripod merely weighs like an FF body or two with a bulk of three or four so no problem for MFT users who bought into the system on the promise of getting into the real big and heavy stuff. They are also really slow and conspicuous in use so that everyone around will know that you are a serious photographer. Only advantages as far as I can see, wouldn't you say? So who really needs any other kind of stabilization system?

Or a monopod, or a bean bag, or resting your arm against something as you hold the camera, or any other technique that accomplishes the same thing. There are many. Photography is not a new thing, and plenty of folks have been taking pictures in all sorts of situations for a long time with lots of success. They developed ways of getting around problems, and those ways are still available to everyone to use with any camera.

I didn't say OIS or IBIS is bad, just that it's superfluous. Good technique and a little creativity will provide you with plenty of cheap, easy solutions. The OP was asking if Panasonic's lack of IBIS is a limitation. It's not, because IBIS is just the latest solution to a problem with many solutions. Nobody needs IBIS. You can accomplish the exact same things without it.

nobody needed digital over film either. and no, you can't accomplish the same things without it if you are smart about using it along with smart techniques.

do you believe any technological advancement lets us do anything we couldn't before btw?

again, your logic sucks.

Okay, I get it. You really love your IS and can't take pictures without it. That's fine and good for you. I don't. Maybe the OP doesn't either. That's my point.

i acknowledged that you don't need stabilization for all kinds of photography. it's you that has the problem acknowledging that in a similar case to case comparison, it can be a definite tool to get a shot that you couldnt otherwise.

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