|3rd of November 2007 (Sat)||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Boise, Idaho
Heresy here: Should Canon consider image stabilized bodies?
When I went to get DSLRed, it came down to Canon or Sony. Every now and then I find myself getting a little Sony envy. I went with Canon because my research showed that Canon's sensors on the EOS line were the best in the industry for low-light/high ISO and minimal noise, outperforming Sony (and Nikon and everyone else).
And the articles I read also proved that a Canon with an image stablized Canon lens outperforms a Sony with an image stablized body. However, Sony does have the advantage of image stablization being at your disposal with any lens you put on one. It turns out I like some Canon and Sigma non-telephoto prime lenses that don't have image stablization available to them. With these lenses the Sony-style body-based image stablization would be nice because that IS certainly outperforms no image stablization.
I wonder if the following is possible (and take notes if you work in Canon development). What if Canon made a 40D or 5D type of camera with image stablization in the body, but it still had the ability to use Canon image stabilized lenses? If it detected the presense of an IS lens, it would automatically shut off the body-based IS. Then if you put a non-image stablized lens on, you at least have the option of turning body-based IS on. You would then at least have decent IS instead of none at all. Go ahead and slap on that f/1.4 prime and have some IS. Then you've got the best of both worlds.
1D Mark III, Canon 50L f/1.2, Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 lens, Canon 85 mm f/1.8, 430 EX flash, ST-E2 Transmitter, Quantaray QSX 9500 tripod, Manfrotto monopod
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