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I’ve seen that IBIS on Z6/Z7 should offer 5 stops with Z-Lenses, but only 3 stops with adapted lenses. Remember, too, that Nikon is announcing a 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8 lens with their new cameras, which means this is also the first time you’ll ever be able to use a Nikon 35mm or 50mm prime on a native camera with vibration reduction. @ Robin Maryon: With OIS, the recommendation is to turn it off fro shutter speeds over 1/500th or 1/1000th (depending on whose camera you are using). My Nikon OIS lenses have a switch on the barrel that lets you turn VR off if you like. PL provides various digital photography news, reviews, articles, tips, tutorials and guides to photographers of all levels, By Spencer Cox 11 CommentsLast Updated On August 23, 2018. Mirrorless camera manufacturers like Panasonic, Olympus and Sony – and more recently Fuji (with their X-H1) have been going a different route – building IS into their camera bodies rather than the lens. It depends upon your needs, as well as the lens in question. The Photography Teacher © 2018. In theory, the stabilised lens will let you shoot at much lower shutter speeds than normal, sometimes as much as 3, 4 or even 5 stops slower. I tend to agree with what he says here. Photographer in the Snohomish, WA area. I’ve talked before about ensuring our shutter speeds are fast enough for the lenses we use. Another advantage of OIS: its effect can be seen in the optical viewfinder of an SLR camera, which wouldn’t be true for an SLR with IBIS. How many would look at the image on the back of their camera and think ‘oh yeah!’. To help us get the sharp images we want, camera manufacturers have been selling us for a number of years, lenses with built-in stabilisation systems. Any chance you have a link to where you heard that? You have a camera with a reasonably long lens over your shoulder and this young man walks out of the water in front of you. All Rights Reserved. If you haven’t come across the term yet, the acronym IBIS stands for ‘In Body Image Stabilisation’. I have a bunch of older MF glass that I had adopted to the Nikon F-mount format, so I am really looking forward to trying IBIS. With 3 stop image stabilisation you can shoot 3 stops slower: Shooting on a 200mm lens, handheld at 1/25 sec…WOW! In these systems, it’s the sensor that moves, rather than glass inside the lens barrel. It’s just a camera disign option. In my experience, at 50mm there is a benefit when shooting slower than 1/80th. My guess is that the same rule of thumb applies to IBIS, but the cut-off shutter speeds may be different. This night I especially liked the pattern they produced. Interesting, this does seem to be confirmed – the Z6 and Z7 IBIS doesn’t perform as well with external lenses, only correcting along the pitch, yaw, and roll axis. Not sure, but that would be very noteworthy indeed. “Can be switched on and off via a physical switch rather than a menu” This is not a real Pro of OIS. Get answers to your questions in our photography forums. How does IBIS work on a tripod? So, is it a good thing that Nikon is rolling out IBIS in its new cameras? At least with Lens Stabilisation, you have options. So we’ve got rid of one type of blur (camera shake) and have replaced it with another (subject movement). Inside the lens barrel there will be a floating piece of glass (suspended between electromagnets) which moves on its axis controlled by tiny gyro-sensors. However, if you’re using a monopod or handholding your camera, it tends to be better to leave VR on rather than off. It’s an even bigger deal if you’re a video shooter, since you now have a much, much wider range of lenses that are usable handheld. I found the technical explanations really educational. First DSLR’s with IBIS (Minolta, Sony and Pentax) had a physical switch. Still not sure why Nikon avoided horizontal and vertical translation stabilization with all adapted lenses. There are two general advantages - lenses that do not have stabilization may benefit from IBIS (think Nikon primes), and lenses that do have stabilization can (if designed) work in concert with IBIS for even better stabilization. You’re absolutely right, I guess my concern is that so many photographers seem to think that IBIS is essential. IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) has become the holy grail ‘must have’ feature in photographic tech circles as it allows any adapted or legacy lens to be used without the need for OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). The majority shoot in aperture priority. Surely your comments about IBIS also apply to ILIS. Notice how the speed halves each time. In Avoid Blurry Photos Pt.2 I referred to the simple formula to help us keep our speeds high enough to avoid camera shake. Boy have I been surprised! Instead, the two we are interested in here are in-body and optical stabilization – IBIS and OIS respectively. Sure, I can handhold my 200mm lens at 1/25 second and get sharp images… but what good is that is the subject is moving? Thanks for the explanation and your candid points of view. How many of you would get home after your holiday and load the photo onto your computer, only to discover the images was blurred? My suspicion is that manufacturers are racing ahead to put IBIS in all their cameras because of market pressure. With in-lens stabilization, an additional lens element moves and ensures a stable image protection on the sensor. Learn how your comment data is processed. IBIS sensors tend to be entirely in-body and generally independent of whatever lens is used. The opportunity to shoot at these lower speeds opens up amazing possibilities, allowing you to get sharp images at speeds previously impossible. Interestingly, we also have confirmation that the IBIS system will work in tandem with VR lenses, which will take over the pitch/yaw axis when used with the Z6 and Z7. The camera picks the shutter speed for you, in response to the aperture you’ve chosen. We had a quick chat, and Tom readily agreed to reinact the Bond moment for me on camera. In some cameras you apparently can’t turn it of, which is nuts. Instead, the two we are interested in here are in-body and optical stabilization – IBIS and OIS respectively. “One of the huge benefits of IBIS is that it works with any lens you use, including adapted lenses that may be several decades old.