Mind you the latest Nikkor 16-35mm for FX has VR image stabilization.
And rightly so!
I'd love to have stabilization for all
my lenses and as that is not going to happen I'd love to see Nikon implement body-based IS as a complementary system for those lovely non-stabilized lenses like 50mm and 85mm primes, 14-24mm, PC-E Nikkors etc. But unfortunately that is also highly unlikely
I hate schlepping a tripod with me and a monopod gives only limited stabilization and shooting nature in dark woods at not so optimal light with a little dof at base ISO immediately brings you to the 1/4-1/30 sec range. And that is very prone to shake even with a 24mm or 35mm lens.
But I also agree with those saying you should practice hand-holding and not rely solely on the wonders of your IS!
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