What is highest shutter speed at which OIS effective?

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Rod McD Veteran Member • Posts: 4,093
What is highest shutter speed at which OIS effective?
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Hi,

I've been using legacy primes for FLs of 85mm and 135mm.  Obviously these are MF with no OIS.    I'm a slow shooter and not so worried about AF, although it would be handy, but I am persuaded that OIS would be a very useful feature on the 55-200mm zoom.  (It works very well on my 18-55mm zoom).  However, I'm wondering just how high a shutter speed can be used and still have the OIS playing a useful role.

If for example, one is shooting at 200mm, the old 1/FL rule of thumb would say that the SS should be 1/200.  Many people these days advocate 1/2xFL or 1/400.  What is the effective shutter speed range of the OIS on the 55-200mm zoom?  Presumably there is a point where the shutter speed becomes too brief for the mechanism to operate.  Does it still contribute real advantages at shutter speeds like 1/125 or 1/180?  Even higher?

Thanks, Rod

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