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Tuesday, 04 July 2017


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Although I think I'll stick with Olympus, I think this would be great for Fuji and its fans. For me, the lack of IBIS is a very serious downside to a camera.

Heck, even my iPhone went from awful-in-low-light to Excellent when it got stabilization. I can take hand-held *night photos* with my phone, it's ridic.

For the low end of the range, how about the Oly OM-D E-M10 Mark II, currently on special @ ~$450/body?

Fuji and Mike sitting in a tree...

What a great article by Mike Plews. I don't earn my (principal) professional living as a photographer, but as someone who spends a large portion of the year photographing in a professional deadline press editoral environment, I love reading articles by working pros. They write about "real stuff" rather than specs, pixel-peeping, bokeh balls or millimeter-thin planes of DOF.

To quote Roger Cicala from earlier this week:
"This is why I love coming here. An island of quiet sanity and informed discussion isolated from the stormy seas of the Interweb."

Thanks Mike, Mike and Roger...

Dear Fuji, better move fast...

I've been judging Sony full frame line not to my taste because of poor lens choices & poor battery life. This got me looking at Fuji : they might be right with the APS-C as a sweet spot proposition... But there was always a single thing holding me back : no IBIS. Now Sony seems to be catching up with the battery (on the A9 at least) and lenses are going the right direction too...

So Fuji, better move fast !

IBIS is great, a magical feature that you can keep on all the time and sometimes make your photos sharper, and at worst doesn't do any harm, what's not to like about that?

Over the years Nikon and Nikon had quite a few customers who somehow survived using lens-based IS.

Fujifilm only offers lens-based IS for zoom lenses. The absence of IS primes is a disadvantage.

And yes, I do understand people enjoy using adapted lenses and they require IS as well. Neither Nikon, Canon nor Fujifilm meets their needs. These brands will survive (even Nikon!). Adapted lens proponents are a niche market that is well-served by others.

My photographic goals are either tripod friendly or involve subjects in motion. IBIS is not a priority.

Fuji also has stated in the past that they don't want to just iterate meaningless incremental updates to cameras and will hold off for some kind of significant technical leap. Hence the long delay in bringing out the X-Pro2 (though certainly also related to deepening the then-nascent X-series bodies and lenses). IBIS would certainly qualify as a significant new feature worthy of a new camera, I would think.

Personally, I don't typically miss or pine for IBIS, but would certainly appreciate having it in a shiny new X-T3. I haven't had it since my very first digicam, the Canon S2.

The "experts" over on Dpreview have had a Twitter fit over the idea of IBIS being introduced by Fuji. You can see from the comments that there are some valid uses, but a majority are from "photographers" who need the correct things to check off on the features list for their next new camera. Harumpf, and if they don't get it, they will pack up their cookies (jpegs) and go over to Sony, Olympus, whatever.

I'm also waiting patiently for the development of IAIS - In-Air Image Stabilisation. Something that continues from Olympus' combination of the IBIS and OIS in such a fashion that you can remove your hand and the various axial gyrations are such that the camera will continue to float there in mid-air until the shutter closes. No user fidgeting or vibration to deal with. The camera strap and tripod industries will be devastated!

Who cares. Let's be honest, unless you have the 'shivers', stabilisation is only useful for telephoto.

Whoever shoots people, needs a short shutter anyway. And whoever shoots stills seriously, uses a tripod that stabilizes much more than what ibis can offer.

Ibis is just another marketing trick.

IBIS is useful in many situations, but I have a hard time getting used to the image not moving immediately in the EVF when I want to make a small but vital adjustment to the composition. Having to make a larger movement to get it to move and then back again to about where I wanted it is quite annoying. That was with a borrowed EM5, though, so perhaps the situation is better with newer cameras.

Young photogs might not have the historical background to realize that in-lens OIS was the only stabilization choice for Canon when they introduced it, back in the film era. A strip of film couldn't be moved or shifted at the image plane, like a digital sensor can. But Canon already had OIS technology from its binoculars, which likewise were incapable of sensor-based correction (try to imagine how that might have worked).

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