VR & VR 2 How to know which it is.

Started May 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Not always

Mako2011 wrote:

slimandy wrote:

Mako2011 wrote:

The nomenclature "VR vs. "VR II" has nothing to do with Vibration Reduction version and only indicates that the lens has VR and in the case of "II" is an updated lens version, overall, from the previous lens.

Not true. Quote from Nikon's description of the lens in question.....

"This lens incorporates Nikon’s second-generation vibration reduction system (VR II) that allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent extent of using a shutter speed that is four stops faster when compared with a conventional lens (as determined by Nikon performance test). "

Not always the case though. Even Nikon's own literature gets it wrong. Look at the 18-200 VR and VR II lens. The 18-200 VR lens incorporated second generation VR technology while the VR II version had the same 4 stop VR tech

Red and Gold VR both were version 2 VR. Trying to get a handle on Nikon lens markings is and exercise in futility. The only thing, in this case, that is actually consistent is that any lens with the "VR II" nomenclature is an update of a previous version of the lens and may not be an update in the VR. In the case of the 18-200 it was a addition of zoom lock and not a VR update.

The second version of the lens is designated as the "II" version.
Both the original and the "II" version have "VRII".

A cynic might say Nikon moved the "VR" part of the name to the end before tacking on the "II" to mislead people into thinking the VR has been updated

First version:
"AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED"

Second version:
"AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II"
(Note the space between the VR and the II, which is not the way Nikon
designates the second version of VR, ie. "VRII", with no space)

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