How to Use In-Body Image Stabilization with Vintage Lenses

What’s going on everybody, Steve here with another pro tip, and today I want to talk about one of my favorite features of the Sony a7S II and the a6500 and that’s the in-body image stabilization, or as Sony refers to it, SteadyShot.

Image stabilization housed in camera lenses has been around since the mid-1990s, but in the early 2000’s, Minolta introduced the first DSLR with image stabilization built into the camera body itself. And then in 2006, Sony purchased Konica Minolta and the rest is history.

In-body image stabilization is great because it means that even if your lens doesn’t have I.S. built into it, your camera does. Your camera physically moves the sensor around across five different axes to compensate for camera shake. 

Now, for your Sony camera to accomplish this, it has to know the focal length of the lens you’re using. If you’re using a native Sony lens, or a Canon or Sigma or some other lens with an electronic adapter, most of the time, the lens is going to communicate with the camera to give it that information.

But what if you’re using a vintage lens with a non-electronic adapter, and there’s no communication between the lens and the camera?

Good news: you can still utilize Sony’s SteadyShot. You just have to tell the camera the focal length of the lens you’re shooting.

In-body image stabilization is really great. Since I started shooting on Sony, it’s allowed me to get handheld shots that I never could have with my GH4 or my Canon cameras. Especially when it comes to dancing at receptions. These days I just slap on a 35 or a 50mm and leave my monopod behind. It really is fantastic.

So that's really it guys, and as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them down below!