Nikkor 18-55VR blurry with VR turned on

Started Jun 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Nikkor 18-55VR blurry with VR turned on
Jun 17, 2012

I have an odd issue with my 18-55VR. I did some regular shooting around the house testing with it and it seemed fine, but I was thoroughly unimpressed with the images I got from is during a "real life" outing.

What I found was that if I turn VR on but keep a "normal" shutterspeed I get very soft images, if I turn VR off they're fine.

As shutterspeed lowers under 1/focal length there's a crossover point where the VR on images get better than the VR off images.

This only happens with images shot at a distance, close up images are fine with VR on.

I've read of similar issues with IBIS on Olympus PEN cameras, but I've never had such issues with a Nikkor lens.

Here's a couple of distant target images, followed by a couple of closeup.

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