Just shooting around the office. 1/3 sec hand held with the 85mm 1.4. On board image stabilization just rocks! To think every lens is stabilized on the A99. Why wont Nikon or Canon do this?
Wonder how the sensor stabilization compared with the likes of the Olympus E-M1?
Having shot the A900 for years, I can say that Sony's in body stabilization does really well in the center of the frame, and less so as you move outwards towards the corners. In a shot like this, where the corners are out of focus anyway, it's almost the perfect scenario for the stabilization to achieve maximum results.
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1/3 second with an 85mm that close up @ f/2.2 is pushing it … but I agree, IBIS rocks on both the A900 and A99. Every data-bus lens you bolt on is stabilized … most importantly the fast primes most likely used in lower light needing slower shutter speeds … my 24/2, 50/1.4, 85/1.4, and the 135/1.8 all benefit greatly.
What is quite amazing is to mount the Sony 500 mirror on the camera and see a rock steady image in the viewfinder, (not to mention it is also an AF lens!)
The comment that the center is sharp but the sides aren't doesn't make any sense … either the sensor is stable or it isn't. I've never seen that, even in my hand held tests of flat targets.
a850/a900 models have a shake level indicator with 5 bars in VF that provides a better experience in stabilizing handheld shots. Unfortunately, a99 doesn't have it, just an icon indicating camera shake. Nonetheless, it does the job really well. Better than no stabilization at all.
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