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At 01:10 PM 4/22/99 -0400, you wrote: >Does anyone have direct experience with the gyro devices that are supposed to >steady the camera? If so, a post in regard to their effectiveness would be >most appreciated. A bit. They are great for those marginal shots. But don't expect them to work miracles. They are pretty big - they have to have enough momentum to work - so they are only useful for special reasons. They cost well above $1,000 USD, and likely more than twice that for something with some real mass. I took some pictures last week with my 70-180 2.8 Vario Apo at 1/30 second hand-held. I was nervous about it, but needn't be. Amazingly, no other lens of that length would I have even bothered trying. You could see that there was some image degradation in most of the pictures, but not so that it was objectionable for most uses (small prints - 8x10 and smaller) and newspaper repro. The thing's so massive that it's like having a little gyro in side! :-) Not any competition for Canon's IS lenses, but... (Just kidding). Eric Welch St. Joseph, MO http://www.ponyexpress.net/~ewelch Some people say that I'm superficial, but that's just on the surface.