Snobbery ... yeah, that's funny.
Gentlemen ... let me clear the air ... -cough cough- ... and state that "snobbery is certainly not at the heart of any discussion in this forum."
Man, moment and machine is.
Despite what some people may think, these cameras do NOT take their own images. Someone has to be behind it ... and as such, you become part of the equation as holder (deciding on how the camera will be held), triggering agent (decide when the camera's shutter release will be tripped) and framer (the guidance system for the camera's iris).
Most of the discussions are intended to improve upon those things that we can control ... and try to avoid those that we cannot. Obviously, with the SONY DSLR internal stabilization (with ALL lenses) plays a major role in some of those things we can now control, across the board. So, despite its dismissal by some, either by having dealt with non-stabilized imaging in the past or having to deal with the fact that their camera system STILL does not have stabilization across the optical board ... I believe it will always be a factor worth considering indoors and with the 'average hand-held shot.' It is just one of those unavoidable facts in shooting digital images, today.
Now, I will admit ... I am not building them, just shooting through them ... and if you want my opinion on the issue, having stability seems to be better than not. When I owned my Canon DSLR system, I had one lens with stability in it. One out of nearly fifteen new or reasonably good optics
- 11-18 f/4.5-5.6,
- 17-50 f/2.8,
- 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3,
- 28-75 f/2.8,
- 28-105 f/2.8,
- 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM, (has stabilization)
- 75-300 f/4-5.6,
- 200-500mm f/5-6.3,
- 28 f/2.8,
- 35 f/2,
- 50 f/1.8,
- 85 f/1.8,
- 135 f/2.5,
- 200 f/3.5,
- 200-500 f/6.9
So, unless I shot through my heavy (52 oz) 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM lens ... I had nothing but high-ISO to fire with. Replacing all those lenses just to get image stability? I don't think so! :eek:
I like image stability SO MUCH ... I bought into a system FULL of it. Going with SONY DSLR ... of which I also had ten original lenses ... EVERY single lens, zoom or PRIME ... ALL had some degree of "instantly added" image stability when mounted on SONY Alpha and ISO didn't matter. I was so impressed, I bought an additional 20 lenses just to enjoy it.
So, in 2007, I sold most of everything I had, in Canon ... because they simply are not seeing the light. I wrote them, pleaded with them and even protested loudly ... but, to no avail. Snobbery? Nah, PRACTICALITY! Plain and, obviously, not so simple to understand by some. Nothing has changed, in the past three years. I still would have had to buy all new lenses to get image stability and, more to the point, most of the Canon shorter PRIMEs and MACRO lenses STILL do not have it. Even the third party manufacturers are slow to produce these kind of lenses.
The SONY system has worked, from day one. Has yours? :confused: I do not get the angst. Why fight about it? If my point is not clear enough ... present someone else's.
BTW: Ray, if your are shooting through a SONY DSLR ... chances are you are the owner ... unless you are still a pre-owner. ;)
Originally Posted by Ray Schnoor