Thom 16-85VR and 18-105 DX review is up

Started Feb 16, 2009 | Discussions thread
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Re: Thom - a question...

Mike Neary wrote:

I know that VR is not effective at faster shutter speeds; however, I
often leave it on when tracking fast flying birds or jet planes
simply for the viewfinder stabilization effect. I find that I can
track my subjects better that way.

Do you think I am compromising IQ this way, or would you agree that
there is a benefit to keeping it on to have a stable viewfinder?

I think you trade one thing against another (and it will very much depend on a lot of things, incl. subjective ones).

But I am wondering whether VR improves AF speed (and accuracy) since it also stabilizes the signal the AF sensor sees (that might depend on whether AF processing is faster than the VR mechanism). VR certainly improves my MF skills.

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