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    Quote Originally Posted by F/1.4 View Post
    If you're OK with autofocus, Canon or Nikon AF analog bodies like the EOS 3 and F100 can use image stabilized lenses too.. Some of the Canon ones like the 100L IS and the new 24-70 f/4L IS are pretty remarkable in what they can do to remove hand tremors. I've hand-held the Nikon 16-35 VR at 1/4 of a second no problamo.
    +1, except that you don't need to use the lenses on autofocus. And if you have EOS bodies, now Canon has three (relatively) compact primes with IS: 24/2.8, 28/2.8 and 35/2, so you're no longer stuck with monster zooms or telephotos if you want IS in a film camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lyga View Post
    Is there a device which might screw onto the tripod socket of an SLR that would provide the ability to hand-hold film cameras at slow speeds (1/4, 1/8, etc) and get sharp results? I think that there are some lenses with this built-in but I am talking about a separate device. - David Lyga
    http://blog.makezine.com/2012/03/12/...ra-stabilizer/

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lyga View Post
    Is there a device which might screw onto the tripod socket of an SLR that would provide the ability to hand-hold film cameras at slow speeds (1/4, 1/8, etc) and get sharp results? I think that there are some lenses with this built-in but I am talking about a separate device. - David Lyga
    There are a number of film cameras that support the same stabilized lenses you see used on the DSLR's. This technique of moving the lens elements to counteract for camera motion isn't very expensive and it costs the same for film or digital.
    As for separate devices that use the gyro principle these devices actually stabilize the camera and keep it steady. They have to be heavy because if they are not heavy they are not effective and they are also expensive. They were available long before the in lens or in camera were available. They don't need a computer to run them just power the spin the gyro.

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    Why don't you just buy a stabilised lens? Canon, Nikon and Sigma sell a whole bunch of them that will work on 35mm film bodies; it's Sony that does stabilisation in the body instead (therefore no stabilisation available on Minolta SLRs).

    You want an external stabiliser? It's called a tripod.

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    SteadiCam
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    ic-racer,

    Thanks for the DIY link...

    Did you follow to where Glenn Turner is releasing details about his low-cost Gyro in a week or two? Very timely.

    http://www.gyroscope.com/d.asp?product=GYROSTABILIZER

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    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    Why don't you just buy a stabilised lens?.
    Because they are expensive? Because one loves that camera body that does not accept a stabilized lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    SteadiCam
    A steadycam system is designed for with another kind of camera movement in mind.

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    One thing that could help is the "string pod."

    Mount a tripod plate onto the bottom to hold a section of string (preferably strong twine) about 4-6 feet long. With the string unrolled to the ground, step on it to keep it in place and pull up on the camera. The tension will give you anywhere from 1/3 to 2 stops increase in stability.

    The amount that you can increase your shutter time depends on several factors, but I've gotten decent results with it in a pinch.

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    I believe that stabilization you refer to David would have been available in film cameras and lenses if digital had never been invented, it's interesting to speculate what modern film cameras would be be like if the R&D budget and effort spent by the manufacturers on digital imaging had been spent on film photographic equipment.
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