Starting to trust VR on the 80-400g

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Starting to trust VR on the 80-400g
11 months ago

When I first tested the lens on a tripod, and handheld, I wasn't sure VR was helping enough - or sometimes actually causing a slight blur.

Yesterday I had a chance to shoot a fair amount with and without VR, mostly handheld. When I looked at the results, they were all pretty good, even a few around 1/200th, where I rarely shoot at 400mm (if avoidable).

If there is an IQ lost with VR on, I don't think I'm seeing at the distance I was shooting. Here are a couple of examples, first with VR off, second with VR on, both handheld. I had a lot of good shots with VR on at 1/400th, but not handheld with VR off. Above 1/500th, I didn't see any degradation due to VR being on in the few shots I tried that way. It is nice to have the viewfinder stabilized even if shooting at 1/1500th.

VR off

Larger version of the above here, and EXIF is intact:

http://www.cjcphoto.net/lenstests/80-400afs/images/140108-171723-60-35-d800e.jpg

VR on

Larger version of the above here:

http://www.cjcphoto.net/lenstests/80-400afs/images/140108-172217-50-58-d800e.jpg

Both shots handheld.

Both shots are about a 50% crop, and both have some (identical) sharpening applied (CaptureNX2 intensity 40, radius 1).   Downsized in PhotoMechanic for the web.

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