Originally Posted by Mercuttio
Getting one for still-photography isn't a terrible idea, but it's good to keep in mind the target audience... it's not the best usage of cash. Relying on IS for a steady shot instead of really learning proper posture and moving your craft forward by holding perfectly still during a shot will benefit you so greatly in the future.
I'm not sure your comments were aimed at me but you quoted me so I'll comment. I may be new to this thread but I am not new to photography. Many years ago, I won a national competition sponsored by Illford and have had significant training all the way through high school and college. I really do know what I'm doing behind a camera and, occasionally, I luck into a good shot. My father was actually a student of Walker Evans and I've had a camera in my hands since I was very young and I remember my father telling me to be sure I stood very still while taking a photo with the then new disc film camera he had given me (so this was mid-80s and I was born in '81). I've never posted in this thread because I only have so much time in the day for internet forums and I like to follow the large threads in which I participate. I believe you and I have had discussions in the watch thread about Speedmasters.
If you review my original comments, I would love to have a 35mm IS for indoor still shots. I'm not talking about a shot at 1/10; I can do that handheld with a 35mm lens and get a very high percentage of keepers. I'm talking about taking 1/4 - 1/2 sec. exposures and maybe even slower with a monopod. I shoot a 5D2 which I don't like to use past ISO 1600. Can you imagine what you could do taking 1/2 sec. images at ISO 1600? Even looking at your images above, your style would benefit from it as well as only two of the subjects shown are in motion.
You mention a 1.2L. 50mm or 85mm? I'll just assume 85mm for the sake of my argument. Imagine if Canon released an 85L III with faster focusing and 4-stop IS. You wouldn't jump all over that lens? That's what a 35mm IS would be for me.
BTW, I do PP my images in Lightroom. To me, that's half the fun of taking photos and it lets me do the things that I did so many years ago in wet darkrooms with old school contrast adjustments and real burning and dodging. I don't take my images past Lightroom into Photoshop or anything but I tweak almost all of my keepers.
Edited by leftnose - 4/26/12 at 6:28am