Author Topic: VR lenses  (Read 1937 times)

David Martin

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VR lenses
« on: October 17, 2008, 11:54:27 am »
I had the chance to play with a D300 and a few lenses at Dixons in terminal 5. I tried the 70-300 VR - cool. sharp ics at 1/80 on 300mm. And total crap when turning VR off.

I'm sold..

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clarion

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008, 11:55:05 am »
VR?
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JT

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008, 11:56:42 am »
Vibration reduction.

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Wowbagger

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 11:57:57 am »
It's a clever thingummy that Nikon have invented and it means that you can take decent pictures without a tripod even with a reasonably heavy zoom lens fitted.
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clarion

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 11:59:56 am »
Ah.  Magic gubbins.  ty.  I shall retreat to my techno-iggerant hole in the ground and leave the discussion to people who know about clever stuffs. :)
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Jaded

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2008, 12:12:32 pm »
I've got the 18-200VR and it is rather special.

However I wonder if it is a bit like seatbelts and I could end up taking risks that I know I shouldn't!

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JT

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2008, 12:24:38 pm »
I've got the Nikon 70-200 VR lens and it's pretty nifty.

I'll soon be getting Sigma's 18-200 OS HSM lens - I hope that's as good.
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Biggsy

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2008, 02:17:43 pm »
I prefer shake reduction to be built in to the camera body (like Pentax does) so it will work with any lens.

Consistenly getting sharp pics at 300mm at 1/80 sounds very good, though.
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Zipperhead

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2008, 02:22:46 pm »
I've got the 80-400 VR and it works beautifully. Although I think that having a nice heavy lens is an aid to VR to start with!
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David Martin

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2008, 02:26:06 pm »
Lots of nice lenses to lust after there.. Must start saving my pennies.

How well do the VR lenses work with action shots?

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Zipperhead

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2008, 02:44:59 pm »
Wot, like this



or this






I haven't yet encountered a situation where the VR has problems. I have occasionally switched on the focus limit to help it, then forgotten to switch it off again and wondered why it won't focus any closer than about 50 feet.
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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2008, 03:00:37 pm »
Lots of nice lenses to lust after there.. Must start saving my pennies.

How well do the VR lenses work with action shots?

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I couldnt get on with canons version in their 24-105, it was very good at low shutter speed with static objects, like a building or a big landscape, but anything moving needed the same shutter speed regardless of the VR being on or not.  A 1/12th second pic of a friend would have the background perfectly sharp but the person would have motion blur.

I sold it and got a 2.8 lens with similar range (tamron 28-75) and use the extra light to give me a faster shutter speed.

what shutter speed was that top one of yours, ZH? 

Jaded

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2008, 03:03:48 pm »
The Nikon VR has an active setting, for when taking pics from a moving vehicle, apparently!

I've not fathomed out what it actually does yet.
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Rob S

Re: VR lenses
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2008, 02:05:28 pm »
Most VR/IS lenses have a panning mode which turns off the left/right sensitivity so you can track moving things.

I've just got my first compact with IS and need to remember to turn it off when using a tripod....apparently it actively creates blur otherwise.....I've yet to test that though.

JT

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Re: VR lenses
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2008, 08:51:01 am »
I got the Sigma 18-200 OS/VR lens yesterday for my D40. I haven't used it yet so I can't comment on the VR capabilities or it's general performance.

It's intended to be my main walkabout lens and in particular for use on holiday when I don't want to lug multiple lenses around, however, this lens is big and heavy and one of the reasons I chose the D40 is that's quite small and light (but well built).

I hope I get used to it.
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rae

Re: VR lenses
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2008, 08:57:32 am »
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I couldnt get on with canons version in their 24-105, 

The 100 - 400 is brilliant.   The viewfinder seems slightly "sticky" as you are getting the position right - you move the camera a bit and nothing changes, then it goes "OK, I give up, you can move it" and the image jumps.  As Rob S says, the need to select panning mode when taking pictures of moving objects - otherwise it tries to counteract your panning which is very disconcerting.