Do you guys use VR on or off mostly?

Started Apr 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Do you guys use VR on or off mostly?

Robin Casady wrote:

Read Thom's article on VR. There was no benefit to using VR at 1/3200 sec. and possibly some damage. At 1/500 and faster, VR cannot react fast enough to be of use, and if you catch it just right (or just wrong, actually), it will blur edges.

Suppose however that you're shooting at any significant tele or zoom focal length. While you are framing and composing your shot, with VR turned on, your camera's autofocus and metering are getting good solid info about your image up to and after you press the shutter release. With it off, the camera and AF are working with a jittery tele focal length the whole time and your view through the OVF is also jittering around.

It doesn't matter if the shutter speed is going to be fast enough that there won't be motion blur, wouldn't you rather have metering and autofocus that's working with a useable view instead of something shaking all round? I would.

This is why DSLR's have stabilization in the lenses and not on the sensor. On a bridge or point/shoot, it's fine on the sensor, but with a DSLR you need it in the lens, and need to be using it, to get the real benefit.

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