What's the best stabilized E-mount lens?

Started Dec 2, 2014 | Questions thread
blue_skies
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Re: What's the best stabilized E-mount lens?
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zoranT wrote:

in terms of best stabilization, not necessarily best lens

SEL18200

Sony calls its stabilization for this lens SSS. Basically it is a video-optimized technique, think of it as enhanced OSS. It gives you a larger degree of freedom for (slow) camera movement, and if you do video, following/tracking a fast moving subject, with SSS it is simply easier to obtain an acceptable result.

All other stabilized E/FE lenses are OSS, which is sufficient for stabilization.

For stills it shouldn't matter, but framing/focusing itself can be affected by SSS/OSS differences.

Sony has a BOSS technique in their handycam lineup which mates the lens + sensor into a single gymbal stabilized housing which surpasses both SSS and OSS.

FE zoom lenses that are stabilized should perform very similar to their E zoom peers.

With IBIS showing up in the A7-II, and expectedly more FF and APS-C Emount cameras to follow, you can look towards IBIS based performance on (fixed length) non stabilized lenses, especially the A-mount lenses. E-mount IBIS may or may not be similar to A-mount IBIS, little is known at this point in time.

OSS versus IBIS is another long debate, with proponents of both techniques.

Also, stabilization tends to be overrated on short focal length lenses - see many threads discussing this as well. On long (tele) lenses, and for video, it helps (and significantly for long FL).

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Henry

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