5 of the Best Image Stabilized Lenses for Photographers with Shaky Hands

Trying to hold a camera steady can be challenging at any age. We’re taking a look at some of the best stabilized lenses for shaky hands.

Too much coffee or too many years behind us and our hands can sometimes fail us. Shaky hands can take what should be a sharp photo and make it slightly soft or worse. Below, we cover some of the best lenses with IS built in which also happen to be some of the better lenses available for DSLR or mirrorless systems.

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Another Canon Patent Points to an Image Stabilized 24-70mm f2.8 Lens

Canon 24-70mm f4L IS

Canon better come out with a new image stabilization version of its 24-70mm f2.8 lens already. Canon Watch has spotted the fourth patent in a row that illustrates the Japanese Camera company is planning to develop a new IS version of the ever popular 24-70mm f2.8 lens.

As of late Canon has been putting out patents on IS versions of all its lenses from the other extremely popular 17-40mm f4 lens, long telephoto lenses, and even its standard nifty fifty. The 24-70mm f2.8 however seems like the most likely lens candidate to get the IS treatment as it’s one of Canon’s most sought after lenses.

What’s more, third party lens makers are starting to catch up. Last year Tamron introduced its 24-70mm f2.8 SP VC complete with vibration compensation. We’re also still hanging onto earlier rumors of a Sigma 24-70mm f2 lens, which will probably come with image stabilization. Sigma’s already crammed optical stabilization into the 24-140mm f4 DG OS HSM—which isn’t available on official Canon glass—so it is extremely its new 24-70mm lens will also feature IS.

Via Canon Watch

Canon’s New 55-250mm Lens Update Has an STM Motor


Behold! An update that was extremely expected by Canon: the 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM. This lens is a refresh to the company’s previous version of this product and includes an STM motor. In our meeting with Canon yesterday, the company also claimed that it is lighter in weight than its predecessor. The STM motor on this lens is being heavily pushed and marketed with the abilities of the new 70D.

As for the techie stuff: this lens has one new UD element, 7 aperture blades, and can focus as closely as 2.79 feet. It’ll be available in late September for $349.99.

It’s True, Canon’s EF 24-70 f/4L IS and EF 35 f/2 IS Are Real

Photo courtesy of PetaPixel

Canon has officially come out and announced two brand new lenses to its arsenal, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS and the EF 35 f/2 IS. Canon shooters should be jumping up and down right now because not only are these top-of-the-line glass, they also take advantage of Canon’s latest IS and USM technology for clean and crisp images. We’re definitely excited.

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Canon Announces New Lenses

It seems that the rumors were true as Canon has announced three new lenses today. The company outed the 24-70mm f2.8 L II, 28mm f2.8 IS, and 24mm f2.8 IS. The new zoom lens will replace the aging 24-70mm f2.8 L; but does not feature IS unlike the Tamron version announced yesterday.

All the specs you need to know have been summarized in less than 200 words after the jump.

B&H has the new 24-70mm f2.8 available for pre-order

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Could This Be the Canon 85mm F/1.2 L II? I Doubt It!

I found an old posting at Velodramatic via some internet forums that didn’t seem to get any buzz. Granted, it is an old posting, but it still brings up a very big point. The 85mm F/1.2 L isn’t terribly old, but there are some issues with it: like slow USM. Now, I have the 85mm F/1.8 (one of my highly recommended lenses) and haven’t found that I needed to have Image Stabilization built in. However, the L version is quite a bit heavier and I could easily understand why someone would perhaps want it. It is used by wedding, portrait and other photographers.

Though I have my doubts about this concept being real, I consider this image rendering to be a huge fake because I highly doubt it would focus out to 70 feet. However, this would be a very interesting move for Canon because of the fact that the 85mm F/1.2 L is used often in cinematography in addition to some of the current favorites. Adding IS to it would make a bit more sense. If it has the other focusing modes that their new zooms and primes, then they would be trying to prep it for other uses. It would be a viable option against the Zeiss cinema prime that we had hands on with before, though it would also be very different.

Do you think this could really happen? Let us know in the comments below.

Clarification: the writer says the lens is a fake. But consider the trends that Canon’s technology is following and the way they are moving forward with their lenses. Features from the higher end lenses often trickle down to other ones.

CanonEXPO Hands-On: Canon 70-300mm F4-5.6 L IS and 8-15mm F4 L Fisheye Zoom Lenses

Canon showed off at its expo two new zoom lenses that are as different as night and day. On one side, the 70-300mm F4-5.6 L IS zoom lens offers a range of high-powered telephoto reach with a seemingly excellent image stabilization system. On the other side, the 8-15mm F4 L fisheye zoom lens offers a wide to really-super-ultra-wide angle, accomplishing some impressive optical gymnastics in the process. I spent some time with both lenses, and I was impressed (and at one point, amazed) by what I saw.

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