September 22, 2014 at 8:11AM


Is Image Stabilization Necessary?

I'm in pre-pro on a short film where one of the main characters is a dog. So many of the shots are low and often from his point of view. I've been testing using a 3-way gimbal to steady the shots but was wondering if I need to go the extra step and switch to Image Stabilized lenses?

Right now I'm mainly using the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. I've also tried a few of the Rokinon Cine lenses on the GH4 at 4k with the Metabones Active Speedboaster.

I've considered trying the Canon EF 24 f2.8 IS or maybe one of the native MFT OIS lenses from Panasonic.

Any thoughts?


If you're going to shoot handheld you will need some form of stabilization, which is best handled while you shoot. ( either with a stabilized lens or a camera stabilizer, or both )

September 22, 2014 at 11:55AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

All manual and cine lenses have no built in stabilization. Having the option is nice, but it just goes to show that if you have your camera stabilized or on a rig, and MAYBE add a little bit stabilization in post at the cost of slight resolution.

September 24, 2014 at 8:29AM

Matt Bastos

*just goes to show that if you have your camera stabilized or on a rig, and MAYBE add a little bit stabilization in post at the cost of slight resolution, that you'll be okay.

Sorry, I forgot to add the last part!

Matt Bastos

September 24, 2014 at 8:31AM

Necessary? No. Very helpful. Yes. But the lens stabilization isn't the most important thing. What rig or setup your using to stabilize is much more important. And as others have noted, the highest end lenses and cine lenses never have stabilization. Hollywood uses rigs or gimbals like MOVI to stabilize, not a lens.

September 24, 2014 at 12:26PM

Beau Wright

Daron, how bad is it?

It will help the discussion if you show us the samples of what your current test shots look like.

Good luck!

September 25, 2014 at 3:30PM


Sometimes some shecky effect it's a good thing...

September 26, 2014 at 12:32AM, Edited September 26, 12:32AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Yes, stabilize it good man! Get the Movi...

October 17, 2014 at 8:15AM


I signed up for NFS just to comment here. Obviously nobody here understands what your question actually is, since you already have the 3axis stabilisation and your question for coupling that system with IS lenses is a hard one to grasp i guess. Anyway, i've been thinking about the same thing. Its true what Beau says, that other Cine lenses have no IS but they might have some more room in post to stabilise their shots. I've been working like crazy to get my gimbal perfect (dys eagle eye alexmos32b) with my bmpcc and L wide lens, but i'll test a IS lens tomorrow. If you're interested in the results, hit me up in a couple of days.

February 9, 2015 at 2:42PM


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