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#1 Gary Poole

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 08:01 PM

Great article by Thom Hogan including when to use VR and when not to: Nikon's VR system explained
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:38 AM

Interesting stuff, that said I'd like to have seen some examples of the 'problems' the VR can give.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 05:07 AM

I enjoy reading Tom's article although I must admit some of his stuff is way over my head. Funny thing though, Moose Petersen(sp)put out a video and he said he never turns his vr off. Whats an amatuer to do?

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 07:42 AM

I believe that my manual does recommend turning VR off while using a tripod.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 02:49 PM

The manual does say to turn VR off when using a tripod. I've also read to turn it off when shooting above 1/1000 SS. I'd have to go find the article again, but I believe that's what it said. Jeff
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 04:37 PM

Basically as I understand it the claimed maximum number of stops extra you get using VR are computed for infinity focus. As you focus the lens closer camera shake becomes more apparent and the less advantage in stops VR gives, until really close up say 1:1 there is no advantage at all, hence Nikon's advice to not use it for close ups. Therefore you can see if you think of VR's effectiveness as a wedge or cone shape 4 stops wide at infinity focus but tapering to a point or zero stops advantage at 1:1 you have to modify your expectations as to how many stops less than normal hand holding recommendations you can use as you focus closer using VR and still get sharp pictures. See also:- http://photo.net/nik...ra-forum/00V3qB I suppose if it was perfect at all magnifications and shutter speeds there would be no need for a VR off switch on the lens? Dave Whiteley
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 09:31 PM

Very interesting article Dave, I only have one VR lens now, the 70-200, and I don't often have VR turned on on that because I usually use it for sports and at higher shutter speeds. Thom Hogans article confirms that it probably is not needed at higher than 1/500 and certainly not above 1/1000. I try to remember to turn it back on for slow or non moving subjects. Peter

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