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Apr 152012

Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS (optical steady shot) video test

A visitor named Jim, asked me what I thought about the OSS (optical steady shot) on the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens. I didn’t at the time he asked me have a video example just yet. So I decided to make one quickly. This is just an initial review. I plan on making more video with many different cameras so please follow in Jim’s footsteps, if you want to see something on this site, please just ask. I’ll do my best to get that content for you, and if I can’t for some reason. I’ll try to point you in the right direction. My observations below the video. You can find the video here: http://youtu.be/E4Ei0JESha0 if it doesn’t embed.




My initial feelings are that the OSS works pretty decently, on par with the competition, i.e. Micro 4/3′s etc. I personally have a very shaky hand when I don’t brace it and on this test I used the worst possible technique to shoot the video. The “two arms extended” method. I used the LCD screen and I tried some sudden movement along with some normal walking toward the statue. You can tell that there is some type of stabilization going on and it really does smooth out the really rough spots. Maybe with better holding technique the video could be even smoother but we’ll see in future tests. Another comment that I have about the video handling is I’m quite impressed with the fact that as you are recording you can auto focus and adjust the exposure on the fly. If you watch the video and as I’m panning toward the pool I compensated for the darkness by turning the exposure compensation dial and it worked flawlessly. I’m sure if my timing was better you could really make it seem less. Overall though, I feel that the stability gained with the heavier cameras such as the Canon EOS 5d Mark III, and Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E are better partly because the lenses with IS (image stabilization) are of higher quality and the cost is higher. All things considered, For a $300 lens I don’t have many complaints and it does a good enough job that its worth having other than not.

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