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Old April 18th, 2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Non-IS lenses?

I recently tried using my Tamron 18-200 lens for video, shooting handheld, and it looked horribly shaky. I've used my Canon 100mm L lens handheld and it looked fine. Is the only way to shoot handheld is with an IS Lens?
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Old April 18th, 2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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With a wide lens, you can shoot handheld without IS. It really depends on your intended style though as to whether it's smooth enough for you.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 05:38 PM   #3
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Re: Non-IS lenses?

I've never felt the need for IS on my lenses.

However I aslo never shoot anything over 50mm without some kind of support, be it a tripod or shoudlermount.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #4
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If you're shooting with DSLR's handheld and you want it to look professional, you're going to want to use a lens with IS. I'm really steady handheld .. like rock-steady .. but no one is steady enough to remove micro-shakes.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 09:44 AM   #5
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I shot a portion of a music video handheld with my 100mm Canon and a Cavision hand grip I have and it worked great. But my Tamron lens looked like hell.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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Re: Non-IS lenses?

IMO, the difference in price is so great that you could invest in stabilization instead, like a solid shoulder rig (takes out the micro shake that alone...useful on lenses up to about 70 on a APSC sensor, or slightly more on a 5d) or monopod, or even better tripod.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 09:09 PM   #7
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IMO, the difference in price is so great that you could invest in stabilization instead, like a solid shoulder rig (takes out the micro shake that alone...useful on lenses up to about 70 on a APSC sensor, or slightly more on a 5d) or monopod, or even better tripod.
My sentiment exactly. Stabilization helps all of your lenses.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 11:01 PM   #8
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I don't know that it's really needed on even moderate wides. I shot at NAB mostly with a 35mm lens on a 5D2 and handheld rig and my frames were nice and sharp when I was holding relatively still. I would generally swoop in and/or out of the framing that I wanted to keep things dynamic. I wasn't tripod steady, but the individual frames shot at 1/60 were crisp. The shots with an 85mm lens weren't as sharp, but I didn't have to ditch any clips. In the end, it all had a good, consistent look. As you move beyond 85mm - and when you shoot close to objects - things get touchier.
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Old April 23rd, 2011, 06:23 AM   #9
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If you're shooting with DSLR's handheld and you want it to look professional, you're going to want to use a lens with IS. I'm really steady handheld .. like rock-steady .. but no one is steady enough to remove micro-shakes.
All of my DSLR footage is shot with non-IS lenses or IS lenses with the IS swtiched to "Off".
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Old April 23rd, 2011, 09:36 AM   #10
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Should I invest in a shoulder rig? I already have a glidecam
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Should I invest in a shoulder rig? I already have a glidecam
I would for stability in those moments when dialogue is crucial. Look at the Manfrotto 561BHDV (monopod) or something like the Redrock Micro (shoulder mount).
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Old April 28th, 2011, 01:38 AM   #12
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none of lenses have IS, but I never shoot hand held either.
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