Image Stabilization - What Lens Has This for D70

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Alan Wonsowski, May 24, 2004.

  1. I recently learned from this newsgroup that the new Nikon D70 camera
    does not have an image stabilization feature but that the feature is a
    component of the lens. I am an amateur photographer considering the
    D70 but image stabilization is important to me. I like to shoot
    landscapes, portraits, nature shots with zoom feature, indoor flash,
    and people in motion. Does the 28 -70 zoom lens have this feature?
    What would be a good lens that would provide what I am looking for?

    Alan Wonsowski, May 24, 2004
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  2. Alan Wonsowski

    Bowzre Guest

    Nikon offers three (I think) lenses with their version of image
    stabilization, known as VR (Vibration Reduction). They are the 24-120 AF-S
    VR, the 80-400, and the 70-200 zooms. The 28-70 does not offer VR.
    Bowzre, May 24, 2004
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  3. Alan Wonsowski

    adm Guest

    To be honest, the VR (vibration reduction) feature is more appropriate to
    long lenses that are more prone to blurring due to camera shake. For most of
    what you do, a non VR lens should be fine - it's really only the zoom nature
    shots that you might need VR for.

    You could look at the 18-70mm DX lens that is available as a kit with the
    D70 as it is apparently a pretty nice lens. If you need a faster lens than
    this, you could move up to the Pro standard AF-S 28-70mm f2.8 lens,
    although this is a pricey lens and isn't VR anyway. A cheaper alternative
    (and easy to find used) is the AF 28-80 f/2.8 - this should be fast enough
    for most of your requirements without needing to resort to VR.

    For longer shots, the AF-S VR 70-200mm f2.8 would be ideal. Again - it's
    expensive though.
    adm, May 24, 2004
  4. Alan Wonsowski

    Chris Guest

    I, too, was wondering about VR for portraiture indoors without flash.
    Is it not worth bothering then?
    If so, that will save a lot of money!
    BTW if you *do* use VR, what sort of shutter speeds can you use?
    Fifth of a second at 80mm?
    Chris, May 24, 2004
  5. Alan Wonsowski

    Chuck Guest


    From a previous post about the D70 and the IS...

    Many cameras has the IS inside the camera , not in the lenses:

    The FZ10 stabilizer is inside the camera (see , excellent flash animation).

    Minolta Dimage A1: "(most importantly image stabilization (called 'Anti
    Shake') thanks to a CCD which can move on x and y axis. This innovative
    approach to image stabilization means that you can use a normal lens system
    and put all the complexity of shake compensation within the camera body (how
    effective it is we will only be able to report in a full review)."

    Same for the Canon S1 IS: "Above you can see the actual image stabilizer
    module used in the S1 IS, it sits at the rear of the lens and moves to
    counteracts vibration or movement of the camera which is especially useful
    at telephoto focal lengths."

    The next SLR from Minolta will also have an anti shake behind the lense:
    Konica Minolta introduced several products including the eight megapixel
    Anti-Shake equipped DiMAGE A2, the ten times optical zoom four megapixel
    DiMAGE Z2. But perhaps their proudest moment is the development announcement
    of the Maxxum 7 Digital SLR, with a six megapixel APS sized sensor which is
    also stabilized from motion blur by Minolta's Anti-Shake system.

    Ill probably wait for the Maxxum 7 ...
    Chuck, May 24, 2004
  6. Alan Wonsowski

    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: Chris [email protected][]
    The Nikon VR supposedly filters out up to the equivalent of three stops of
    camera shake. The general rule is 1/focal length for a steady shot (many
    people of course will do better or worse than this) so figure 1/90th sec for a
    sharp hand-held image at 80 mm ... so if you're getting 3 extra stops with VR
    you'd expect 1/8 - 1/15th sec would still be sharp.

    I have this feature on several Canon lenses (IS) and it works great. I'd never
    buy another telephoto without it. It would still be handy on a shorter lens if
    you expect to hand-hold at slow shutter speeds.

    Bill Hilton, May 24, 2004
  7. Alan Wonsowski

    adm Guest

    I have no experience of the VR lenses other than wanting the 70-200mm VR !

    However, i would have thought that a faster prime lens (85mm f1.8 ?) might
    be a better bet for portraits. I'm also not sure whether anyone can sit
    really still for a fifth of a second - you might end up with more blur from
    the subject moving than you'd have got from camera shake anyway !

    I think it's all a moot point as Nikon don't make many VR lenses, and the
    ones that they do are all long focal lengths. I'm saving my pennies for the
    70-200mm VR..... and as I'm off to China on Friday, I may even pick it up
    adm, May 24, 2004
  8. And, for most people shots, you're starting to lose quite a few to
    *subject* motion at that kind of speed.
    David Dyer-Bennet, May 24, 2004
  9. Alan Wonsowski

    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Tony Spadaro, May 24, 2004
  10. Alan Wonsowski

    Linda_N Guest

    It sounds like you are saying the DiMage Z2 has IS.

    Linda_N, May 24, 2004
  11. Alan Wonsowski

    Chuck Guest

    Chuck, May 24, 2004
  12. Alan Wonsowski

    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    Not really - it is very useful on the Canon 28-135mm IS at 28mm for
    low-light, hand-held shooting. Image stabilization goes to waste at no
    focal length.
    JPS, May 30, 2004
  13. Alan Wonsowski

    JPS Guest

    In message <[email protected][]>,
    Don't know about the Nikons, but with the Canon 100-400mm IS, I can
    hand-hold down to about 1/100s at 400mm (640mm 35mm-eq) with regular
    success. With a 2x teleconverter, though, I need about 1/250 rather
    than 1/200.
    JPS, May 30, 2004
  14. Alan Wonsowski

    JPS Guest

    In message <[email protected][]>,
    Maybe more like 1/20s.
    JPS, May 30, 2004
  15. Alan Wonsowski

    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    Depends on the subject. Doesn't work too good with flying hummingbirds.
    JPS, May 30, 2004
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