LowriderS10 wrote in post #11788067
No flash enabled on the P&S.
You seem to take fatigue out of the equation. A heavy camera/lens combination will lead to "jelly arms" a lot sooner than a light combination, sometimes, in seconds (take an old Bigma and handhold it for a minute and see if you get sharper pictures even at 200, than you do with a 70-200 f4L non-IS).
No, i did not take that out of equation. Hence my wording of strength and relative to what is heavy or light for the one who is holding it. Your example of jelly arms wouldn't really affect me as i'm very fit and doesn't get tired that soon. Hence it's all about what's heavy(this includes strength and fatigue) for oneself.
Though now i see xarqi already explained what i was trying to explain, didn't see the post until now!
Oh well, 1sec exposure or not, that was not the point here, as it's extremely rare to be able to handhold 1sec exposure shots and get them to be nice is one of a million if not more rare than that. So we don't need to add that into this discussion really.
It's easier to compare 1/100sec exposures as that is what almost everyone should be able to handhold and try this out by themselves as that will most definately yield results for one to actually compare.
However, i just came to think of something that may be easier for people who can't understand the thought behind that more weight can give more stability. this is just an example..
Take a very light pole that is like 3-4 foot long, balance it on your finger, move your body so the pole goes out of balance slightly and try to adjust the balance so it won't fall. Now do the same with a heavier pole, which is easier to keep stable?
Though many seems to already understand the basics behind the OP's idea, but i'm willing to try to make you understand why.