Lens vs. A700 image stabilization... which one should I use?

Started Mar 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
kartikjayaraman Contributing Member • Posts: 563
Re: Lens vs. A700 image stabilization... which one should I use?

Wayne Brissette wrote:

Last night UPS dropped off the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens I plan on using next year during my daughter's basketball games (most of what I took this year just didn't cut it). This is the newer version of the Sigma lens and with the Alpha 700 having built-in OS, I'm wondering if anybody has noticed any significant difference between using a lens OS vs. what's already on the camera?

I plan on doing my own tests, but thought I would see if others have already done testing.

I'm not sure how the Sony lens compares weight wise to this Sigma lens, but wow is it heavy. Definitely not a lens to lug around on a backpacking trip.


According to this video by DPReview, (See the video at 2 min 20s marker), lens based stabilization works better than in-body stabilization, whereas in-body stabilization is a cost effective option so that cheaper lenses can be made.

In real world though, its hard to find a difference IMO. One difference I can think of is that lens based stabilization will stabilize the composition via the viewfinder (makes a difference for high telephoto lenses like 200mm and higher).

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