Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I decided to try out image stabilization on my new camera, just to see how well it works. The 50mm normally requires a minimum of 1/100sec shutter speed to get a sharp "unshaken" picture (due to its equivalent focal length and FOV being 100mm at full frame). My daughter was having quiet time (previously known as nap time) and one of the cats decided to chill with her. This photo was taken hand held with one hand on a 2.5 lb camera at 1/40sec. It may not be record breaking, but I know a bunch of cameras that this shot would have been lost on either due to running out of ISO or due to camera shake!

Lens and camera settings:
50mm f/2.0 @ f/2.0, 1/40sec and ISO 800. IS on.

Trying out IS on the E-3 Alexis

And just because most of us are looking to do portraits "professionally" doesn't mean we need to lose the power and emotion of a snapshot! Snapshots are often times the only way to capture a moment, and many photographers forget this when they learn more advanced composition...

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