Question from Chris F.
With the outstanding anti-vibration functions built into the Lumix line of cameras and lenses, I really question reviewers who ding a Lumix 3.5/5.6 lens as being “slow”. Yes, of course, compared to a 1.7 or 2.8 lens it is slower. However, when you factor in the 4-5 stops you get with the anti-vibe features, these lenses really aren’t “slow” at all, to my mind.
It seems that they are being compared to a traditional lens of this speed, and not factoring in the technology they offer.
Would you please offer your thoughts on this?
So sorry for the late reply Chirs. I could not agree with you more. The Dual IS in the most current Lumix cameras has changed the way I shoot. Mainly without tripod where in the past I used a tripod for almost everything. That said, this technology is for static subjects. Those who shoot sports, some wildlife and any fast moving subjects can still benefit from an F/2.8 or faster lens. It just all depends on what you like to shoot.