Pushing Canon’s Image Stabilization to the Limits

Blue Hour, Waterloo Ice House - Austin, Texas

Blue Hour, Waterloo Ice House – Austin, Texas

We determined that we can take advantage of Canon’s lens image stabilization when attached to the Fujifilm GFX 50R. How much can we push it? I shot this restaurant interior at 1/15 of a second at 28mm. About a 1 stop benefit. Today, something a bit more ambitious.

I was in the parking lot of Waterloo Ice House and noticed the worthwhile blue hour. The aesthetic and lens testing opportunity compelled me to break out my Fuji GFX 50R with the attached Canon 24mm – 105mm f4L. I shot this at 1/8 of a second at 36mm, getting about a 2 stop advantage.

I have yet to do extensive testing, but anything more than 1/8 of a second at this focal length seems iffy. It appears that Canon’s in-lens image stabilization is not nearly as capable as Olympus’ in-body image stabilization. Plus, with the higher 30MP resolution (35mm crop mode reduces the resolution from 51MP) of this combo, I’m likely to see more imperfections. Micro-movements that might not be as noticeable on Olympus’ 16MP or 20MP resolution.

I’ll take the 2 stop advantage, though. Anything helps, which enables me to use the Fuji GFX 50R in marginal light without a tripod. If I’m doing serious urban landscapes, I’ll most definitely use a tripod. However, for quick snapshots, going tripod-less gives me more freedom.

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