2 or 3 cameras is normal


I had no idea what I could expect when I asked how many cameras you all have. Based on the number of lenses that you have, I expected the average would be more than 2 cameras per user. And that is the case: 2 or 3 cameras is not unusual for a CameraStuffReview reader. Even so, I was surprised by the number of readers who have 5 or more cameras. I don't even have that many myself! Maybe you're all better about keeping old things than I am.

Anyway, this was the outcome of our readers' poll, which was completed by some 700 readers:

  • 21% of our readers have 1 camera
  • 28% have 2 cameras
  • 21% have 3 cameras
  • 9% have 4 cameras
  • and 21% of our readers have 5 cameras or more

Thank you for your contribution.

I'm curious what you all think about image stabilization. Image stabilization is a godsend for lenses with a long focal length and for zoom lenses with low brightness.

Today, there are ever-more (zoom)lenses with a short focal length coming on the market that are equipped with image stabilization. Some people find that to be progress, but others find it unnecessary. Which do you choose? Do you prefer a 35 mm f/1.4 without image stabilization to a 24-70 mm f/4 with image stabilization? The brighter version offers a more beautiful background blur, but the less bright version with image stabilization gives sharper images in low light.

Should every lens have image stabilization? Or do you think image stabilization unnecessarily cost-increasing for lenses with a short focal length and/or high brightness? Or do you think image stabilization ought to be part of the camera, so that it's usable for all lenses? Tell us about it in our new poll. Just as with previous polls, each reader can only respond once. That makes the choice this time extra challenging.

Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
With Camera Review Stuff I hope to make a modest contribution to the pleasure that you get from photography. By testing cameras and lenses in the same way, evluating the results and weighing up the pros and cons, I hope to help you find the right camera or lens.


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