Nikon 70-300 active vs. normal switch

Discussion in 'Nikon Lenses' started by batmura, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. batmura
    Offline

    batmura New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Messages:
    617
    Likes Received:
    226
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +226 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    I just got a 70-300 lens yesterday thanks to very helpful feedbavk from members on this forum. I am going to try it this weekend and I would like to know what the Active vs. Normal switch is used for. Any instances when you use either switch wold be appreciated. I have watched some videos by photographers saying they never use the active switch and keep it on normal all the time.
  2. shadowlands
    Offline

    shadowlands Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Messages:
    799
    Likes Received:
    85
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +87 / 1
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    Keep it on "Normal" most of the time. "Active" is to be used when you're shooting from a moving vehicle such as a car, boat, trains, etc....
    • Like Like x 1
  3. raventepes
    Offline

    raventepes New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2012
    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Soldotna, Alaska
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +18 / 0
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    Also, it's important to remember to turn VR off completely when it's attached to a tripod. Have fun with it though! I love my 70-300! It goes with me nearly everywhere!
    • Like Like x 1
  4. KmH
    Offline

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,316
    Likes Received:
    4,142
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Iowa
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +4,196 / 4
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    VR should be turned off until it's needed.

    Nikon VR explained

    Some Nikon lenses have a VR mode for use on a tripod. Read your lens users manual.
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Derrel
    Online

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    29,164
    Likes Received:
    10,133
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    USA
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +10,421 / 2
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    The link KmH gave above is VERY useful stuff! One thing I learned with the older 80-400 VR, which is a different system than the VR in my 70-300 is this: when trying to hand-hold at RIDICULOUSLY slow speeds with a telephoto, like say 1/3 or 1/4 second indoors, I got better results by switching the VR from Normal mode to Active mode. I think that that was because at 1/3 and 1/4 second, the human body is almost as wobbly as a moving vehicle; the jiggling, and movement of the human body might, at such long speeds, be better controlled by the Active VR mode than the Normal mode. I found that if I leaned against a wall or corner for stability, I could hand-hold the 80-400VR down to as slow as 1/3 second indoors on still subjects inside! You have no cost to try the lens out and see how well it works. Also, in tough situations where the VR system might be challenged,shoot in 3-shot bursts in Continuous advance mode, so you only have to press the shutter release one,single time, but get 3 shots to pick from.

    Anyway, enjoy the 70-300. It's a neat lens. I like using it.
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
active normal button 18 300 lens
,
how to use activ nikkor 70-300
,

nikkor lens setting normal vs active

,
nikon 18 300 normal vs active
,

nikon 70-300 active vs normal

,
nikon 70-300 lens what does normal and active mean
,

nikon 70-300 normal active switch

,

nikon 70-300 vr active switch

,
nikon 70-300 vr af active normal
,
nikon 70-300 vr normal vs active
,
nikon 70-300mm active switch on lense
,
nikon lens active-normal switch
,
nikon telephoto lens normal active button
,
normal and active button on nikon 18 to 300 lens
,
what does active or normal mean on my nikon lense
,

what does normal - active on Nikoe 70-300 Lense mean

,
what is normal and active on nikon 70-300
,
what is the active button on 70-300 nikon lens
,
what is the switch on nikon 70-300
,
what is the switch on nikon 70-300 for