Do I really Need IS?

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  1. YoungPic

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    Got my canon 40d and can't be happier. Now im trying to find the 70-200 lens that fits me. Ive looked at sigma, and heard really good and extremley bad also, so kinda passed them a side. So now im pretty much locked in with canon, and the 70-200 2.8, dont like the f/4 too much because im probably going to buy the 1.4x converter also. So there's my choice the 70-200 2.8, now my question is do i really need the IS? I have it in my 17-85 and it works but dont really rely on it too much. Ill be using the 70-200 mostly outside for race cars and other stuff. the odd time i would use it inside i would probably use a flash and plus the lens is a 2.8 so its fast. So basically IS or no IS? and will i see a difference between the two in means of picture quality?

    p.s. and of course the whole reasoning beind this is that the IS is almost $700 more
     
  2. It's great for race cars, because the IS has two modes on that lens - one just for panning shots.
     
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    yea, but i think i got a pretty good handle on panning, why do i need a mode for that when the camera it'll be mounted to has servo AF and shoots 6.5 fps?
     
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    I have the Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 and love it ... no IS ... and the Sigma 100-300mm f4 ... no IS ... and am perfectly happy without it.
     
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    I think IS or VR, AS whatever is best for casual walk-about low-light photography in camera bodies where high ISO is less than grand. If you have the right gear for the job in a professional environment (and that includes tri/mono pods, fast lenses, etc.) I wouldn't imagine stabilization would ever be an issue and probably mostly not ever even turned on. For something like panning at a race track to maximize BG blur it can actually ruin an intended effect or make camera operation unintuitive.
     
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    If the extra cash required for it doesn't bother you, then I would always recommend IS for any lens that goes above 50mm. The benefits are just so great, even sometimes for the middle-of-a-sunny-day shooters like yourself. Of course these benefits are only more pronounced the further you are from high-noon.

    Sure, you can use your flash indoors, but that's not always something you want to do. Sometimes it causes too much disturbance. For instance, I did a wedding this weekend and flash was something I avoided as much as possible. If I could kiss the Anti-Shake mechanism in my camera, I would have after that day.
     
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    I get VR in all my lenses too. But I'm not a pro either so... Still $700 for that IS... Ouch! That's a whole 'nother camera with IS built in. :p
     
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    I believe that IS/VR/Whateveryourbrandcallsit is for the most part a needless luxury. There are applications for which it is very useful, but for 95% of the time, it serves no useful function. That aside, how many good tripods & heads can you buy for what you'd save buying non VR lenses vice their more expensive counterparts. As well, given the comparitive delicacy of the components that make up a VR system, it seems something that could easily be damaged when lenses are getting hard use.
     
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    Yep, yet another reason in-camera IS is superior! ;)
     
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    I think this quote from my thread on "The next major step" makes a lot of sense:

    I admit that I hadn't thought of this before, but after reading, it makes perfect sense to me.
     
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    If you're like me and hate tripods than I think IS is a must. I won't ever buy a lens without it. But that's me. :) Congrats on the 40D btw~ I love mine and a 70-200 Canon IS is my next big purchase.
     
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    :( Is that even legal???
     

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