April 29, 2015 at 2:36AM



Hey guys

So I'm upgrading my gear -
I've chosen the camera I'll be getting in the next couple of months with accessories etc
The lenses I've chosen are the Samyang Cineprimes & also a canon 70-200 zoom lens - now this is where I need your advice

So I saw the Canon L series 70-200mm for a real cheap price the other day, and upon further inspection it had no IS on the lens.
So I thought I'll wait to buy the lens with IS at a later date
I turned my attention to the cine primes and I noticed also - These do not have IS either - I can understand IS at a long focal length - however not fully grapsing these concepts the question is -

Will the IS matter on fixed primes at those focal lengths? 24, 35, 50 & 85mm
The camera wont always be fixed so I will be shoulder operating and steadi operating - Please let me know!


IS is for handheld shooting. If you want to be able to shoot handheld you are going to have to use some sort of camera or lens stabilization. Many people use gimbal stabilizers with non-IS lenses and achieve very smooth shots.

For my GH4 camera my favorite handheld lens is the 12-35mm f/2.8 that has IS, as it's very easy to get a smooth shot with this lens. ( equivalent to a 24-70mm on a Full Frame camera )

April 29, 2015 at 4:17AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I'd need to know what kind of camera you are using. A DSLR, C100, etc.?

The size of your sensor determines the effective focal lengths of your lenses. If you're hand holding (or shoulder mounting) a 70-200mm lens you'll need IS no matter the camera (except Sony DSLRs with in body stabilization).

For APS-C or Super 35 sensors, I can hand hold (with a chest stabilizer) lenses of 35mm or shorter.

I use a stabilized EF-S 18-135mm STM lens on my BMPCC and the lens's stabilization is great. At 135mm though, it gets a little challenging to hold steady. So unless you're shooting in a full frame DSLR, IS might not mater anyway, because that's a long length to stabilize for video.

May 1, 2015 at 3:59PM, Edited May 1, 3:59PM


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