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My first bird with D800 & 70-200VR

Started Jun 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
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JMacedo OP
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Re: Thom Hogan's article on VR
In reply to PepsiCan, Jun 12, 2012

I usually turn VR off if speed is faster than 1/500 when shooting at 200mm as I noticed years ago my pics were sharper when VR OFF and faster shutter speeds.

That was with D300 & 70-200VR1, I haven't shot enough with D800 & 70-200VR2 to see if things are different now.

I will have a read about VR, I really respect Thom's opinion and articles. Has been a while since I saw any of his posts here.

Thank you very much.

PepsiCan wrote:

A while back Thom Hogan wrote an article about VR and how it works. The bottom line was that if the shutter speed was more than 1/250, don't engage the VR as it could actually deteriorate your image. I can't post a link right now but you can find it on his website on http://www.bythom.com .

JMacedo wrote:

Thank you so much Janet I am going to carefuly read the thread you mentioned and also doing some testing.

Much appreciated.

Janet Zinn wrote:

Note also (if you haven't already) that shooting with AF-ON button means that a shutter depress to fire the shutter usually doesn't have time to pre-engage the VR - I'm still grappling with this style because of that

Note that this is no longer the case with the D800 and D4, VR DOES engage with the AF-on button. Some like this, some don't, I happen to think its great. Thread on this here:


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Jorge Macedo

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Best regards,

Jorge Macedo

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