How much need for VR on wide angle lenses?

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How much need for VR on wide angle lenses?
Jan 17, 2011

Hello all,

Yet another post from me, considering my camera system options. I'd like to get into wide angle lenses (say 10-20mm range on DX format). I don't have much experience with these angles but the range would suit my needs. I'm not invested in DSLR yet and wonder with these angles how much need there typically is/isn't for VR/stabilisation at these angles hand held or course. I'd be interested to know your thoughts/experienecs with this. I'd typically be doing landscape (with/without tripdod) or indoors shots (most likely hand held, event snaps, family snaps etc).

One reason for the question is a small deciding factor between a Pentax K-5 system and Nikon D7000. The K-5 having in built stabilisation - but how useful is it at wide angles? I ask because I've found stabilisation so effective in the past for typical hand held shots. I don't believe there are wide angle lenses with in built VR?
John

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