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Oct 08, 2009 19:37 |  #1

I myself have an IS and am wondering if I should be continuing to invest in IS lenses. I plan on keeping these lenses for a long time and am wondering if IS failures occur as the lenses get older.

While it's great to have, I ponder whether I should get it on the 100mm macro that crosses my mind from time to time. Sure, it would be a great feature on a macro (like the perfect marriage of technology to need), but will it piss me off 10 years from now?


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Oct 08, 2009 19:39 |  #2

The functionality of having IS outweighs this strange compulsion to worry about something that might happen 10 years from now.

Do you eschew air conditioning in a car purchase because it might need to have the refrigerant refilled in 5 to 10 years? Enjoy sweating on a hot day, my cars all have AC and if it ever breaks I'll just have it repaired. Likewise, I get the IS version of lenses.


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Oct 08, 2009 19:41 |  #3

Sure IS can fail, but that's not saying much.
The AF motor can fail, the focus gearing can fail, the internal circuits can fail, pretty much everything can fail.

If your concerned about failure, I suggest you skip any lenses and invest in rocks.


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Oct 08, 2009 19:42 |  #4

I see your point, but wonder if it is worth it to buy into failure. I am not a professional, so IS is not CRITICAL to me, althought it works wonders on my 100-400.


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Oct 08, 2009 19:44 |  #5

NeutronBoy wrote in post #8787250 (external link)
I see your point, but wonder if it is worth it to buy into failure. I am not a professional, so IS is not CRITICAL to me, althought it works wonders on my 100-400.

I'm not a professional race car driver, but I still like AC.

More to the point, I actually almost never use IS when I'm shooting for money as those are typically sports shots. I mostly use IS for my own personal shots that pay nothing.


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Oct 08, 2009 19:47 |  #6

Think about it this way. It should last long enough that you'll get your value out of it. Say it fails in 10 years. You'll still have a nice 100 macro. I wouldn't worry about it.


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Oct 08, 2009 19:49 |  #7

As technology advances continue at such a rapid pace, I'd be willing to bet the urge to upgrade to a lens (and lens/camera combo) in 10 years from now will trump the ability to hang onto a current lens for that long.

For the record, this irritates me - but is the world we live in.




  
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Oct 08, 2009 20:37 |  #8

wino david wrote in post #8787285 (external link)
As technology advances continue at such a rapid pace, I'd be willing to bet the urge to upgrade to a lens (and lens/camera combo) in 10 years from now will trump the ability to hang onto a current lens for that long.

For the record, this irritates me - but is the world we live in.

Most likely in 5 that lens will be replaced by a version with a newer, better version of IS....

The arguements with IS sound like the arguements when AF came around "Oh by putting the AF motor in the lens its just another thing to go wrong" "Oh by them putting the AF motor in the lens its just adding cost"


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Oct 08, 2009 21:00 |  #9

NeutronBoy wrote in post #8787250 (external link)
I see your point, but wonder if it is worth it to buy into failure.

Forget lenses, buy some gold. Then you won't need to worry.


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NeutronBoy wrote in post #8787219 (external link)
I myself have an IS and am wondering if I should be continuing to invest in IS lenses. I plan on keeping these lenses for a long time and am wondering if IS failures occur as the lenses get older.

While it's great to have, I ponder whether I should get it on the 100mm macro that crosses my mind from time to time. Sure, it would be a great feature on a macro (like the perfect marriage of technology to need), but will it piss me off 10 years from now?

Are you a professional?


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Oct 08, 2009 21:13 |  #11

NeutronBoy wrote in post #8787250 (external link)
I see your point, but wonder if it is worth it to buy into failure. I am not a professional, so IS is not CRITICAL to me, althought it works wonders on my 100-400.

See above.


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Then you never invested in IS lenses. An investment is when you put money into something in order to actually make money. Buying lenses for a hobby isn't investing.

I'm Canadian. We kinda know our definitions. No wonder it's not us who started the crisis but people down south who mix them up :) :)


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Oct 08, 2009 21:25 |  #13

ImRaptor wrote in post #8787577 (external link)
Forget lenses, buy some gold. Then you won't need to worry.


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Oct 08, 2009 21:25 |  #14

Rodinal wrote in post #8787668 (external link)
Then you never invested in IS lenses. An investment is when you put money into something in order to actually make money. Buying lenses for a hobby isn't investing.

I'm Canadian. We kinda know our definitions. No wonder it's not us who started the crisis but people down south who mix them up :) :)

What are you talkin' aboot? :lol:



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Oct 08, 2009 21:26 |  #15
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10megapixel wrote in post #8787722 (external link)
What are you talkin' aboot? :lol:

Read in order to know.
What a s*id question.


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