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Nikkor 80-400VR...mode 1 Or 2  
User currently offlineNucky From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3720 times:

Could anyone out their please explain the difference between the VR modes 1 and 2, and which mode you find best for our purpose?
I have very recently obtained the lens and I'm still not sure even after much research!
Many thanks for any guidance/advice offered?!

Best regards...Paul. confused 

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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3719 times:
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Vibration reduction is turned on and off via a three position switch on the left side of the lens. VR mode 1 reduces vibration from the moment the shutter is lightly pressed and the meter is activated. This allows you to see the effect in the viewfinder. Mode 2 only activates VR when the shutter is fully depressed.

User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3710 times:

Paul, I use Mode 2 simply because I dislike the view when the VR kicks in - the image seems to jump slightly and I find it offputting.

Best thing to do is take it out someplace and experiment. Try not to use it anywhere you could get arrested for being a pervert or peeping tom though!! Big grin

Andy  old 

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User currently offlineNucky From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3695 times:

...thanks for the replies chaps.

I appreciate your concern Andy....nor would I want to be considered a threat to the countrys security!!!! wink 

Any more offers/suggestions?

User currently offlinePsyops From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3670 times:

The only other advice I would give would be contrary to what you have gotten already. Mode 1 allows the VR to stabilize better before the shutter fires. I have read that using mode 1 gives better "results" as the system has more time to stabilize the picture.

If you can live with the "jumpy" viewfinder image, mode 1 will give better results.


User currently offlineRedfox From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

Use mode 1, stabilisation when shutter button half depressed always as it takes VR several seconds to fully stabilise. I have not seen mode1/mode2 on any other VR Nikkor. I believe 80-400 f4.5-5.6 was the first VR Nikkor.

Forget about mode 2.

My copy did not have a jumpy image using mode 1 the image should be static during mild vibration due to camera shake. It actually works very well in windy conditions.

[Edited 2006-08-21 18:15:37]

User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3622 times:

I use it as follows:

Jets and fast moving objects Aperture Priority f8 setting VR off above 1/500th second.
Prop aircraft Shutter Priority set between 1/200 - 1/30(depends on what effect I want) VR on mode 1 and pan with action.

I haven't used mode 2 as yet.
On the 70-200 VR lens the second mode is used when you are in a vehicle and need VR on both vertical as well as horizontal axis. Correct me if I am wrong and this doesn't apply to the 80-400 lens?


Good things take Time.
User currently offlineNucky From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3569 times:

...thanks again for your replies...I'm hoping to get more practice in over the next few days?! thumbsup 

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