Are my lenses still useable without IBIS?

Starred

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I currently have an Olympus EPL1 with two Olympus lenses (9-8, 14-150) and a pana 20/1.7 lens.
If I buy a new Panasonic cam, a GH2 or GF2, can I still use te Olympus lenses, or would it be better to sell them as the Pan cams do not have IBIS?
 

deirdre

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Yes, you can, and they work just fine, but you'll need to hold them steadier or shoot them faster, particularly the one at 150mm. The Panasonic 20/1.7 doesn't have ILIS and it's still a great lens on a Panasonic.
 

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Keep your shutter speeds as short as possible - possibly by raising the iso to minimise camera shake. We all managed without IS for years.

A 'rule of thumb' from film days was to keep shutter speed at least or faster than 1/f (f = focal length of lens). For MFT you double the listed f to get the film equivalent eg. the 14-150 should be at least 1/300 sec at the 150 end.
 

drpump

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I have a similar question in my choice of camera body (don't have an mft camera yet). I like the handling of the GF1, but want the compactness of the Olympus lenses.

Answering the question, I wouldn't be too concerned about the 9-18 or 20mm: if you need a slow shutter speed, you would probably do better to use a tripod or gorillapod. I also find that for people shots, you need a faster shutter speed anyway to avoid motion blur (e.g. people blinking or moving their hands).

For the 14-150, I guess it would depend on what you're shooting. I've done a few tests lately on our Canon gear and found I can reliably hand-hold at 300mm effective focal length (i.e. fully zoomed in on the 14-150) using a 1/200 shutter speed. With ISO 800, that gives me reasonable if slightly under-exposed images in late afternoon light.

Perhaps you could try using your existing camera with IS disabled for a bit. I'd be very interested in the results.
 

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Starred: A simple way to get the answer to your question would be to disable your image stabiliser and try some shooting with the lenses you're worried about.
 
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