"Never turn VR on unless it's actually needed."

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  1. MrLogic

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    Article by Thom Hogan in which he tries to explain Nikon's Vibration Reduction system... and when (not) to use it:

    Nikon VR explained


    One of the main points: VR should normally be off if your shutter speed is above 1/500 s (according to Hogan) or 1/250 (according to some other (unnamed) photographers).

    Thoughts?
     
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    It makes sense.

    This can be especially important on the Canon EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS. I know several pro wedding photographers who own (and love) this lens, but most of them have found that the IS system dies after a year or two of heavy (professional) use. It can be replaced/repaired, but I don't know anyone who has had their 70-200mm IS die on them.

    The solution seems to be using the IS, only when needed. And with such a short lens, it's really isn't needed all that often.
     
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    Nice read, THANKS!
     
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    Good find. Thanks!
     
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    That was great.
     
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    great reading.

    seriously, i am using my 50mm more than i use my 18-105 and i rarely have problem with out of focus picture or camera shake. even at 1/50 1/60 (shouldn go lower with a 50mm lens)
     
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    Well I pretty much have to agree with them. I have pretty much quit using VR unless Im below 1/250 and, if I do use it at 1/250 it is only as the photo is shot as opposed to Full Time. THis is with handheld shots ofcourse. On my tripod I have only used it when my shutter speeds were very low due to lighting and, again on Mode1. I personally havent liked the results from Mode2 on my 80-400. Personally I wont buy a VR lens that is below 200mms, I just dont see a need for it myself. Good holding technique will work better than VR. Now granted for some people who have some problem with steady holding due to physical problems I imagine it is a God send so, then I can see a reason for it.
     
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    I always wondered what happend to the background in this photo...

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    "Busy bokeh" caused by VR could explain it.



    good read, one more thing to cram into my brain.




    p!nK
     
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    Here's a thought, why is this even questioned? VR is an incredible battery leech. Image quality issues aside you should turn it off when not needed.
     
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    I wonder if this is true for IS as well - I've never really heard of it before now (and I always assumed most of the pros on the sports run had the lens on tripods/monopods for the match so only panning VR/IS modes would be needed at the most).

    As for batteries I do agree it does drain, but a full day shooting, 2000odd images and IS on all the time and with a batterygrip no problems
     
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    Did you even click the link, though? I agree with your point, but the article itself discusses much more detail about how VR works and such than just "don't use it unless you need it."
     

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