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Old Aug 4, 2008, 9:32 AM   #1
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Just wondering if you should keep the VR selected as a default or just when you may feel it is needed. I bought a new 55-200mm lens for my D50. I also bought a new D60 to nicely toss (I did say nicely) in my purse, are after market batteries just as good as the ones that say Nikon??
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Old Aug 4, 2008, 12:03 PM   #2
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For Vr, most of the time you can just leave it on. If your shooting on a tripod, it's best to turn vr off. Otherwise, the only drawback is battery life.

As far as your battery question, I would stick with the real deal. Some third party batteries are good, some aren't, and the only way to find out is if you use one. I don't think it's worth saving 20 or 30 bucks, when I can get the real thing and be certain it works.
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Old Aug 4, 2008, 5:56 PM   #3
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shaysmom wrote:
... I also bought a new D60 to nicely toss (I did say nicely) in my purse ...

Holy cow Karen, how big is your purse :G

I have only used Nikon batteries with my D60. I bought two when I got the D60 and have never run out. Never tried anything else.

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Old Aug 7, 2008, 8:29 AM   #4
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In my experience, VR does not significantly drain battery power. It's best to leave it on, so you don't forget to turn it on when you need it.

I stick with official Nikon batteries. I've have read horror stories about bad third-party batteries, so I don't want to risk damaging an expensive camera. At least if a Nikon battery caused the problem, Nikon will be willing to fix it.
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