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Image Stabilization Question
I hear alot of talk about how good image stabiliation is on a digital camera but I've never heard of such a thing on a film camera but it seems to be all the rage on the digital.Is there such a thing as stabilization on a film based camera ?

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Yep, Canon and Nikon both have stabilization systems in select lenses. So, slap one of those on a film body and voila!.

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Comment #1

The very first IS lenses were developed in the days of film...

Comment #2

Canon (and possibly others) also has IS in some of their binoculars.Joel Orlinsky.

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Acsmith wrote:.

The very first IS lenses were developed in the days of film..

As long ago as 1995 in fact:.

Http://www.canon.com/...lens/ef/data/telephoto_zoom/ef_75~300_4~56is_usm.html..

Comment #4

I know it's probably a good thing to have because it really does get talked about alot.I guess I'm a relatively newbie when it comes to the digital world.I've owned a Ricoh and a Nikon film camera but never got as deeply involved into photography as a hobby as I am now.I've just entered into the world of digital with a borrowed camera from my buddy which I just bought .It's a Pentax K110 with an 18-55mm lens and I ordered a Tamron 18-250mm lens just tonight for this camera.It doesn't have stabilization on the lens or the camera but most of my shots will be on a monopod or a tripod anyways so I figure for under 800 bucks with the camera and the new lens I'll have a few great years of shooting pics...

Comment #5

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

Acsmith wrote:.

The very first IS lenses were developed in the days of film..

As long ago as 1995 in fact:.

Http://www.canon.com/...lens/ef/data/telephoto_zoom/ef_75~300_4~56is_usm.html.

Nikon had a stabilized compact camera in 1994:.

Http://nikonimaging.com/...era/compact/1990-1994/zoom700vr_700vr_qd/index.htm..

Comment #6

The very first camera based IS was gyro-based IS used to stabilize the entire camera, I think used in WWII, maybe a later date. There was a thread on this quite a while back but I couldn't dig it up..

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Comment #7

Only the lens type of stabilization existed and worked with film. The in body type of Sony and others only applies to digitial because it stabilizes the sensor. I don't think you would easily be able to stabilize a film roll by moving it..

Outside of that, maybe if you use a steadicam type of harness to stabilize the whole camera itself...

Comment #8

Don't worry. You made good choices. Using a monopod is good craft. Just don't wave the camera position around as you shoot. (Tripods are a bit better because they won't allow you to weave around and stop lateral and verticle movement when locked down. But you may not need one for the system you describe.) Spread your feet and parctice an "elbows in" (tripod simulation) support position and you should have virtually no problems equaling IS lenses..

BTW- the camera and lens you describe is very light and at 250mm the tele magnification is quite high. That is where you are likely to encounter camera shake, if at all. Just remember to breath in, let it half way out and "squeeze" the release. Don't "push" it.Van..

Comment #9

If image stabilization wasn't as prevalent in film cameras why is it so needed in digital.Has it got something to do with the way the image is recorded ?

Comment #10

It's possible that IS lenses could have eventually become prevalent on film cameras. It's just that Digital cameras started to grow in popularity only a few years later..

Wateraddict wrote:.

If image stabilization wasn't as prevalent in film cameras why is itso needed in digital.Has it got something to do with the way theimage is recorded ?

Comment #11

Wateraddict wrote:.

If image stabilization wasn't as prevalent in film cameras why is itso needed in digital.Has it got something to do with the way theimage is recorded ? .

Two different reasons for the two different types of IS..

For optical image stabilisation, it is simply the march of progress. The need hasn't changed, but the availability - especially of more affordable OIS - has greatly increased. It has nothing to do with digital technology, it began with film cameras and would have developed with them had digital not (all but) taken over..

In-body IS is another matter altogether. It has proved easy to develop systems which move the sensor to cancel out image vibration and effectively remove blur. Nobody (as far as I know) has ever managed to do that with a film carrier - at least not in a commercially viable way...

Comment #12

Thanks for the great answers to this question.Being new to digital SLR's I was very curious about that.This is a very valuable resourse for us beginners and the amount of good information on here is really unbelievable.I'm taking a basic course over the fall weekends in order to use the new equipment I have and that I'm buying.On the adivice of the local camera expert I know here I have bought a buddies K110d for very a very cheap price and ordered a Tamron lens and I am going to be building around this camera and I'm waiting to order a newr K10 camera.Because I like taking winter shots the camera guy told me I should hang onto the K110 because it uses AA batteries and they are easier to carry extras than the batteries in the K10 which makes sense to me..

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