What Image Stabilization Looks Like on a Dissected Canon 18-55mm Kit Lens

We shared a video of Canon’s Image Stabilization technology in action in the beginning of the year, but that was on a pro telephoto lens and inside a glass display case. What would the same technology look like in a cheaper, consumer lens? Preston over at Camera Technica decided to find out, disassembling a Canon 18-55mm kit lens to capture this short video of the IS mechanism in action. I had no idea the thing used springs, did you?

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  • Andrew MacDonald

    That is so clever. Most people – myself included – would have no idea the camera is making those millisecond decisions such as this all to take a perfect picture. 

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  • Bernie Greene

    It is clever. What is not so clever was putting the mechanism in each and every lens rather than on the sensor itself.

  • Dan

    That is wrong in my eyes, Bernie. Including the IS in every Lens instead of the Camera Body gives the possibility of creating better IS, that is always ideal for the specific lens.

  • kdv

    It really depends on how you look at it… from a business sense, canon jacks up the price by 2x by featuring a IS lens vs a regular non IS lens.  they can also ensure that people who want the best optimised IS lens is only avaiable from Canon. 

    but on the other hand, from the consumers’ perspective, more money = it sucks!

  • Bernie Greene

    Sony, Pentax and I think several other manufacturers went for putting it on the sensor and thus created much more value as it means that even lenses made decades ago benefit. That makes better business sense because it keeps their customers happy and loyal. You’re right it sucks.

  • Bernie Greene

    The possibility perhaps. In practice I have yet to see the superiority in Canon or Nikon lenses in this regard. Not trying to start a fight though :-)