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Thread: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

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    Default Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    In other words, faster lens, versus slower lens but with VR(Nikon) or IS(Canon).

    Thanx.

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    Default Re: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    they are different things.

    fast lens allows hi shutter and DOF control.

    VR/IS allow hand holding at lower shutter speed.

    fast lens wun help if u need to stop down to achieve DOF and/or achieve lower shutter speed to achieve certain effect (and dun ve the use of a tripod).

    VR/IS wun help if despite using the biggest aperture, the shutter is still insufficient to freeze the movement.

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    Default Re: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    I would go for f/2.8, however if its f/2.8 IS then it'll be the perfect combination! IS' effectiveness is also dependent on the maximum aperture of the lens. If it's say f/5.6 at the farthest end then IS won't help much in low-light conditions. However, a constant f/4 IS is more useable compared to f/3.5 - f/5.6 IS especially when zoomed in. Hope I make sense here

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    Default Re: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    You can find the same discussion here :
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=395247

    2.8
    - capable of thinner dof, can isolate subject from background better compared to a smaller aperture lens ( depending on what you are shooting )
    - can potentially shoot under lower lights handheld ( depends on settings )
    - can increase shutter speed and freeze motion
    but expensive, heavy ( usually )
    * the 2.8 glasses ( especially for zooms ) are usually the higher end offerings of the companies. The IQs are usually better.

    VR
    - some handholding advantage as well especially dimmer lights
    but expensive, and comparing to a larger aperture, while you can afford a slightly slower shutter speed, there will be some motion blur depending on ur subjects.
    Draws abit of power as well.
    * there is a limit to how much VR can save ur shakiness

    Ryan

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    Default Re: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    I am trying to decide between at 18-200mm VR and 17-55mm f2.8 actually. Thanx for all advise. I know its very different lens, but I actually seldom zoom more than 70mm, though the 18-200mm is very versatile...

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    Default Re: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    I don't really fancy superzooms i.e 18-200, 28-300 because they are compromised in their image quality especially at the longest tele end.

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    Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?
    Depend on situation
    I find indoor or low lighting condition, wide angle prime and VR lens are very useful and recommended. So far my best lens for indoor is 70-200 IS. I could easily get sharp shots @ 1/60sec.
    See my Photo Gallery at the Clubsnap

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    Default Re: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    Just realised the price of the 17-55mm is too fantastic for me. Maybe look at the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8.

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    Default Re: Is a f2.8 lens better or a VR/IS lens better?

    the price difference between 18-200 and 17-55 is very big, almost $1k.
    Is money a major consideration here?
    if not, buy 17-55 F2.8, and 70-200 F2.8 VR.

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