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Old Nov 29, 2011, 9:36 PM   #1
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My dad has developed a fine tremor as he enters his mid 70s. He's always enjoyed photography. But, the tremor makes it difficult for him to get clear pictures. I was wondering if anyone knows of a camera with a superior image stabilization system. Would love to give him clear pictures for Christmas.

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Old Nov 30, 2011, 3:05 AM   #2
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What does he like to shoot?

What's your budget?
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Most of his photography is of every day activities. Whether its family events, holidays, travel, nature and landscape. Mostly candid shots. He is by no means taking professional quality shots. But, he enjoys having the features and quality of a pro-sumer level camera. So, I'm looking for a D-SLR camera in that range. I'll split the cost of the camera with my mom. So, I would think our total spend could be as much as $1500.

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Canon and Nikon use Optical image stabilization in some of their lenses. Pentax and Sony use Sensor Shift image stabilization in their camera bodies, so any lens, including 20+ year old lenses on the used market, will be stabilized.

Also, in general, stabilized lenses are bigger, heavier, more expensive, and not as good as their unstabilized counterparts.

I'd suggest either a Sony A580 or A55 with a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. Those cameras use an excellent 16MP image sensor that is also used by Nikon and Pentax for their more upscale models. That lens is very good for most of what you say he'll do, and it's got a large enough aperture to frequently permit him to shoot indoors without a flash. There is also a good selection of Sony lenses for other purposes, plus any old Minolta AF lens will work just fine on it.
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G'day JMB

I would go a bit further than TC .... I'd suggest a lens with a bit more zoom > maybe a Sigma 18-125 perhaps, just to give your dad a bit more to play with

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