NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3299 times:
You better contact Art Brett or Mike McLaughlin. Two of the better photographers here and both Nikon men who have used that lens. I bought the AF 80-200 F2.8 and they were the best to me. They know their stuff!
AAGOLD From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 550 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3262 times:
Nick is wrong in that I have not used that lens. I have the 80-400 VR. And for that lens I have it set "on" all the time. I'm not sure the settings are the same, but I have mine set to Mode 2 which reduces vibration only when the shutter is released and not when the shutter is pressed down. This mode does not reduce vibration in the viewfinder.
It's much easier to hand hold a 200mm than a 400mm, so I imagine you have the choice to use or not use. With the 400mm and, more often than not, shooting on the high end of the zoom there isn't much choice.
Beechcraft From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 828 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
i´ve been using this lens since christmas. I tend to leave the VR mode off during "normal" light conditions and on in low light.
Before i bought it i heard the picture would tend to be a bit out of focus if the VR mode was used where not needed. I haven´t made that experience, all pictures come out fine if it´s left on, but usually i turn it off to safe some battery life.
But to be honest, i don´t know if that makes a significant difference.
This is what i read on the web somewhere:
"VR Normal Mode primarily compensates for camera shake, and includes automatic panning detection as well as automatic tripod detection. VR Active Mode effectively compensates for vibration in situations where it is more pronounced and more frequent, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle."
Since i mostly shoot out of moving things (planes...) i primarily use the active function.
It´s also working good when you´re just standing around not moving, so i give it advantage over normal mode.
Here is one result:
ChrisH From Sweden, joined Jul 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3220 times:
I switch mine off in daylight, when panning with aircraft on approach or taking off. I find the VR "lags" a bit and so shots are often off-center with VR on. For aircraft taxiing or standing still I have it on, makes composing shots easier. Use it in normal mode if youre not moving yourself. i.e if youre in a moving car shooting out the window, active mode works better.