Problem with Vibration Reduction - VR with Nikons?

Started Jan 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
Juggernaut122
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Re: Problem with Vibration Reduction - VR with Nikons?

Mako2011 wrote:

Thank for setting the allow for download. To be honest, both pictures look pretty poor compared to what you should be getting with that camera and lens. Total actuation's are just over 1,100 so I'm assuming a new camera. The pics look to be more out of focus than a real VR problem. The VR "on" shot is a little worse but I think perhaps a simple coincidence here. You are using AF-A combined with AF-Area mode "3-D tracking". I think that may have added to the entire out of focus issue. Try again with AF-S and AF-Area mode "single" to simply insure the lens and body are focusing properly. For this, just keep the shutter speed twice the focal length. VR off is fine but do a comparison with a Live view shot (Live view will always focus perfectly) compared to View finder (PDAF) focus. That will let you see if the focus is accurate. If it is, then you can compare VR "on" with VR "off". Do that in Live View or View finder focus at 1/60s. Go ahead at use f8 as it should be sharp with that lens and around 180mm just to take "long end softness" out of the comparison. I don't think you have a problem yet....just perhaps a little unfamiliarity with how the DSLR focus system can be a little less forgiving, especially with tight DOF. Good Luck

Hi Mako,

I am including the shots I took. I know for sure the live-view pictures are more clear - I don't understand why.

I see the VR is doing something - most of the shots are more clear with the VF on - but sometimes just marginally (I might be getting lucky with it off sometimes).

This is all at or near 200 mm with a hand-held, so I am not sure what I should expect. Someone guessed I am about 10 feet from the ball - but I am probably about 15- 20 feet - plus (forgot to mention this) I am shooting through a double pane window.

IMHO the lens is working fine (seems to take nice shots when I am not pushing it to the limits), but the photographer needs a steadier hand and the VF at a given

shutter speed is just not as effective as the point and shoot - perhaps because the larger sensor size is just more "sensitive" and thus requires faster shutter speeds. Or I am all wrong and the VF should be just as good as with the P&S and I just have a bad lens (with a defective VF).

I am not sure.

I just picked a few of the 40 shots I took - mostly the best I could find.

If there is any other shots with different settings that would be helpful, please let me know and I will post them.

Thank you very much for all of your help!
Juggernaut

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