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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · What is VR really for?


I have used the 70-200 f/4is Canon in mode 2 for panning action with great results. I leave it on all the time even with action.


Dec 01, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · What is VR really for?


For longer lenses VR also helps in stabilizing the viewfinder view. In my canon days, when I shot the 70-300 IS at 300mm (480mm equivalent), I could see a big difference in the viewfinder view with IS turned on versus off - IS helped a lot in keeping my subject in the frame where I wanted it.


Dec 01, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · What is VR really for?


VR is really good to have in my 200-400 for getting sharper images.


Dec 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · What is VR really for?


I can attest that using my 70-200 at 200 is far easier than using my 300 f4 with no VR,, B I G difference,,

found that out on the first 15 shots,,

Derry



Dec 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · What is VR really for?


VR or IS is so incredibly valuable, that I wish both companies (Nikon & Canon) would have placed it *inside* the body, so that all lenses would see this wonderful benefit.

Seriously now. Anything that minimizes tripod use is great in my book. It allows for more spontaneity.




Dec 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · What is VR really for?


I had to ask myself if this was a serious question at first. This is one of those questions with the best response of .. "you should just go and try it yourself..."


Dec 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · What is VR really for?


NICE work Lance


Dec 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · What is VR really for?


I personally view it as a marketing scheme to increase the sale price
Yeah, that's it. If ya have to ask...meantime, most of us are gettin' great handheld captures
we could only dream of 8-10 years ago. For me it's invaluable for panning night rodeo timer trips
and steadying BIF in the viewfinder. It's always paid for itself the very 1st outing...SOME scheme!!



Dec 01, 2012 at 09:05 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · What is VR really for?


Stabilizing the viewfinder is, in my opinion, a highly underrated feature. Not only is it easier to take a photo in the viewfinder when you have some stability, but it allows me to easily use my camera as a spotting scope to just look at wildlife.

Binoculars or a real spotting scope are a little easier to control for just looking than an unwieldy long lens, but with VR, it's great!



Dec 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · What is VR really for?


Like I said, that's how I've always viewed it personally. For my style of shooting I've just never really needed it, and haven't learned the value of the added cost. It just hasn't ever been a necessity that I've needed. It's just been one of those things where if you don't know what it is, you don't know how much you're missing it I guess.

Maybe I should rent a VR lens sometimes and try it.



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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · What is VR really for?


Andre Labonte wrote:
NICE work Lance


Cheers, Andre. Thank you very much for your nice comment!



Dec 01, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · What is VR really for?


I really do not like VR as it slows down the focusing so much
It actually causes the lens to shake until finished focusing.

That said, Nikon is rumored to have an AF-S Nikkor 80-400 VRIII in prototype which is faster and can help in low light (5 times?) much better than the original VR.



Dec 02, 2012 at 04:36 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · What is VR really for?


Is it me, or does this thread seem like it's straight from the early 1990's?


Dec 02, 2012 at 04:39 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · What is VR really for?


Ben Horne wrote:
Is it me, or does this thread seem like it's straight from the early 1990's?



Sorry Ben. I can count on two hands the number of lenses I have shot with since buying my D90 some years ago.

- Nikon 24-85
- Sigma 70-200 (pre VR)
- 80-200 AF-D
- 50mm AF-D
- 80-200 AF-S
- Tamron 28-75
- Tamron 50-200 (I think)
- Sigma 24-70 HSM
- Nikon 24-70 G
- And some Series E manual lenses

As I said, I've never owned one, and never shot with one, so I have no idea what VR is like. And I've never rented lenses either.



Dec 02, 2012 at 04:58 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · What is VR really for?


Ben Horne wrote:
Is it me, or does this thread seem like it's straight from the early 1990's?


Except there was no VR in the early 90s. Canon's 75-300 had stabilization in 1995 and Nikon's 80-400 in 2000.

EBH


Edited on Dec 02, 2012 at 05:23 AM · View previous versions



Dec 02, 2012 at 05:22 AM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · What is VR really for?


Some people have extremely steady hands and really don't need VR. You may be one.


Dec 02, 2012 at 05:23 AM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · What is VR really for?


EB-1 wrote:
Except there was no VR in the early 90s. Canon's 75-300 had stabilization in 1995 and Nikon's 80-400 in 2000.

EBH


Introduced in 1994 :-)

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/filmcamera/compact/zoom700vr_700vr_qd/index.htm



Dec 02, 2012 at 05:44 AM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · What is VR really for?


I think a lot of photo editors have a resize option.
I use ACDSee to downsize images for Web display.
I usually reduce resolution to 800 wide but it will go the other way too.
I used to use Qimage when I had a D1, now I use a D800.



Dec 02, 2012 at 06:14 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · What is VR really for?


Ben Horne wrote:
Introduced in 1994 :-)

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/filmcamera/compact/zoom700vr_700vr_qd/index.htm


I thought about mentioning that. There have been other older anti-motion optical designs too, but really we are talking about SLRs here.

EBH



Dec 02, 2012 at 06:52 AM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · What is VR really for?


The first VR lens I bought was the Nikon 80-400mm VR. I got it to take photos of wildlife from my kayak. Can't use a tripod in a boat very well. I was sold! I now greatly prefer a lens that has VR. It really does work and is worth the money.


Kent in SD



Dec 02, 2012 at 06:52 AM
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