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Question about entry level DSLRs with Image Stabilizer
Hello there,.

I am just wondering if any of the beginner DSLRs have in body IS? I have it currently on my P&S and I love it. I am very new to this, and I am just curious if IS is even a good thing to have on a DSLR? I know certain lenses have IS in them, but I don't plan on getting into anything fancy in the beginning..

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!Regards,Stacey..

Comments (13)

Pentax k100d super has it and so does the oly..

Comment #1

I am not sure what you mean by "Beginner" DSLR. Generally that means lower cost more then anything else. That being said there are cameras that you might want to consider..

Olympus E510, Pentax K10 or K100, and Sony A100..

Maddog.

Olympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

Comment #2

Thank you for the responses..

What I mean by beginner is entry level camera's as in nikon D40, pentax kd100. The basic starter DSLRs.Regards,Stacey..

Comment #3

Not with the Nikon D40 (you'd have to buy an image stabilised lens), but the entry level Pentax K100D offers in-camera stabilisation. You should try one of these in a camera store alongside the Sony Alpha100 (A200 just announced so good prices now)..

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Comment #4

The biggest difference is that with lens based IS you can see it in the viewfinder (moreso with longer lenses, where IS is needed more) - this is a huge benefit in composition and getting a good focus lock..

John farrar wrote:.

Not with the Nikon D40 (you'd have to buy an image stabilised lens),but the entry level Pentax K100D offers in-camera stabilisation. Youshould try one of these in a camera store alongside the Sony Alpha100(A200 just announced so good prices now)..

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Comment #5

IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

The biggest difference is that with lens based IS you can see it inthe viewfinder (moreso with longer lenses, where IS is needed more) -this is a huge benefit in composition and getting a good focus lock..

Do alot of lenses come with IS? Is there a benefit to having inbody IS instead of just the lenses?.

Regards,Stacey..

Comment #6

I have a DSLR with in-body image stabilization. I think it's great. It isn't a cure all in now light but it sure helps. If the subject is moving too fast you get blur on on the occasions where I try and get a moving subject while I'm moving it's simply not going to work for me..

I don't use a long telephoto, which is the real strength of the in-lens systems.Patrick T. KellyOaxaca, Mexico..

Comment #7

The advantage to having it in the body is that it works with any lens. I have the Pentax K100D and I have some Pentax lenses that are 30 years old. If it's in the lens, it only applies to that lens..

David..

Comment #8

Wheras in-lens stabilization is tailored for that particular lens, vs a general purpose one-size-fits-all approach. Basically it's a matter of personal preference. I personally would never give up my stabilized viewfinder - honestly, I think it's more beneficial in the viewfinder - when shooting long focal lengths, shutter speed may be fast enough that IS is not needed, but it's always handy in the viewfinder as the longer the focal length, the more shaking you see..

Both systems have their advantages - you just have to decide what's best for you..

DSHarned wrote:.

The advantage to having it in the body is that it works with anylens. I have the Pentax K100D and I have some Pentax lenses that are30 years old. If it's in the lens, it only applies to that lens..

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Comment #9

Just to be clear on Oly's it will not work with their older OM (35mm) lenses, but I wish it did..

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

Comment #10

IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

Wheras in-lens stabilization is tailored for that particular lens, vsa general purpose one-size-fits-all approach. Basically it's a matterof personal preference. I personally would never give up mystabilized viewfinder - honestly, I think it's more beneficial in theviewfinder - when shooting long focal lengths, shutter speed may befast enough that IS is not needed, but it's always handy in theviewfinder as the longer the focal length, the more shaking you see..

Curious....how long do you spend looking into the VF to "appreciate" the stabilized image? I frame and shoot, especially at long lengths like that where your subject is probably a bird or a sports player who won't bother to sit still while you appreciate the still image (with it's moving constituents). The LCD on the back of the camera gives me a great still image..

I'm sure there's an application for it, but I can't fathom it. Lens based IS is a necessary evil from the film days, but I suspect the growth path for sensor-based has more potential. Hey, even EVF-stabilized liveview .

Greg..

Comment #11

True! One typically does not continually view through the viewfinder but frames and shoots. Since the camera is in your hands, your mind stabilizes the image. It is not like trying to read a piece of paper someone else is holding. Also, one typically does not shake to the point that looking through a non IS viewfinder is a problem. The big issue is the slight shake from being hand held and the motion induced by pressing the shutter. For these, in camera AS is fine.



People are screaming for more MP in the hopes of getting more resolution. Better glass such as that in a great prime would be far better. Using in camera AS would make any world class glass, stabilized. Think of it. What would you need to buy in a body and IS zoom lens in order to beat a K100D and F50/1.7, FA35/2 or DA21?..

Comment #12

If the image is moving so much you can't compose in the viewfinder I don't think any stabilization system will help. Seing the mostion helps me get steady enough for ISS to work. I wonder if my macro would even be available with in the lens stabilizationand would I be able to afford it. In camera gives everything from my50mm macro to my 500mm Mirror stabilization...

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