VR & VR 2 How to know which it is.

Started May 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Can't tell via EXIF either!

digitalphotographer wrote:

Long time ago I had the 18-200mm VR 1, until some point a couple of years ago, sold the original and upgraded to VR2.

Hope you didn't upgrade just for the VR - both the original 18-200 and the "II" version have VRII.

But looking at the EXIF data, I can't tell which them apart! I had assumed for the longest time EXIF data would show a distinction, but Lightroom, View NX and Capture NX are reporting all of them as "VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G"!

How is it possible? Is there a way to tell?

Sure - just read Nikon's specs posted on their site - there is no need for the EXIF info to indicate which VR version, as they are both the same:

Original version:
"AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED"
"Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VRII) offers the equivalent of using a shutter
speed 4 stops faster"


Second version:
"AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II"
"Built-in Vibration Reduction (VR II)"


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

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