How valuable is optical IS in a non-IBIS camera?

Started Nov 22, 2013 | Questions thread
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mpgxsvcd Veteran Member • Posts: 8,092
Re: How valuable is optical IS in a non-IBIS camera?

New Daddy wrote:

I'm seriously thinking of getting an Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8, but I have Panasonic bodies. So I wonder how much the lack of IS in video shooting is going to matter. (I shoot a lot of family videos.) I have shot family videos without IS before (on Olympus 45mm), and I can't quite remember if it was jumpier than when I used OIS lens. Has anyone done comparison?

If you can hold a 40mm lens on a 2x crop factor body perfectly still for videos then more power to you. I can't. It doesn't really matter for stills. It makes a huge difference for videos. I wouldn't consider shooting video without some sort of stabilization now and even then the IS in the 35-100mm is not quite enough at the long end of the lens.

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