How limiting is lack of image stabilization in Pany bodies?

Started Feb 13, 2013 | Questions thread
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Re: How limiting is lack of image stabilization in Pany bodies?

jeffharris wrote:

lsundy wrote:


I've been considering (for a while now) buying a Pany G3/G5 kit, which, together with a wide angle and/or portrait prime, would hopefully give me a step-up from my current Pany FZ-35.

However, what troubles me is the lack of IS in the Pany bodies. if I want the advantages of IS (and I am battling to understand why one wouldn't), then am I not excluding the option of using Olympus lenses and many third party lenses which are not stabilized with the Pany body?

This clearly does not seem to bother the thousands of Pany m43 users out there, and I am hoping that someone can explain to me why!

If you know good camera handling technique, then the lack of image stabilization isn't a bother at all. If you don't know it, you can easily learn it.

I shot film for years, so I don't care about image stabilization. I have a couple of Panasonic lenses with it (14-140mm and 100-300mm) and it can be handy when shooting with the 100-300mm, but when the light is good, I simply shut it off.

I see this "technique" comment frequently in discussions about IS. The operative notion seems to be something like I have good technique and don't need IS then if you need IS you must not have good technique.

There are literally countless number of folks out here who have countless reasons for needing IS that have nothing to do with technique; tremor (age-related or functional) not the least of them. Beyond those reasons, IS makes photography more accessible and more productive for most people; it offers an expanded range of use and frankly just makes photography easier.

Some don't want IS, and that's fine. Some say they don't need it, and that may, or may not, be true. But the idea that there is a virtue in not using IS is nonsense.

So in answer to the OP, does lack of IS limit a camera? Not at all, but it will limit the photographer using the camera.

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