Lack of VR in Nikon 300mm f4 - big deal or not?

Started Apr 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
John M Roberts
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Re: VR more than handy!
In reply to evan47, Apr 24, 2013

evan47 wrote:

turbsy wrote:

nikhilpednekar wrote:

I have the 300mm f4 and a 1.4 TC. Use it for birding.

I get reasonable sharp pix if the subject is really close, say less than 20ft. However, as the distance increases, the sharpness falls off dramatically.

The 1.4 TC also takes a huge toll.

Bottomline, the lens is not very easy to use. As sad as I am to state this, great pix will not be predictably achievable when shooting handheld, even if you force the shutter speed to be faster than 1/500th. Using a monopod or tripod is not convenient, and in anycase shouldn't cloud assessment of whether the lack of VR makes a difference.

Since your stated interest is birding, I'd think you should rent the lens first before spending on it.

To see the effect of image stabilization, try the canon with the IS switched on and off. The difference should be alarming.

This has not been my experience at all.  after a certain shutter speed VR is of very little use.

having a great camera/lens combo is one thing, having the skill to use it is another thing. technique, settings and good shooting conditions will get you great pictures.

the 300 f4 is a great lens you just need to learn how to use it.

vr is just a gimmick, ok it can be handy but far from essential.

It can allow you the convenience of capturing images in conditions that are not favorable be it in scenes where tripods are not allowed or possible. It's no gimmick to widen the threshold of capturing unique images of quality. Think museums, interiors, tourist attractions like the DC Monument sites, kayaking or you want to lighten your load for a strenuous hike yet capture as much twilight and avoid pumping up the ISO. Shooting from a bridge with lots of traffic vibration.

It's no gimmick in any focal length.

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