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Old Apr 10, 2010, 9:57 AM   #1
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Default V.R.lenses off and on ?

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I have been thinking recently,yeah I know it's dangerous but I do it from time to time.
I have had my 18-200 VR lens for nearly 2 years now and have never switched the VR off except for the tripod shots.
I'm wondering what the concensus is on leaving it on all the time , will it lead to early failure?
Do any of you switch it of and on all the time?,which may wear the switch out.
I will be interested to read your ideas on this. The instruction book doesn't recommend anything. Perhaps the VR is robust enough to see the rest of the lens out.
Switching it off bothers me a bit as I will be certain to miss a shot because the focal length/shutter speed combo will be too slow.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 11:11 AM   #2
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It really does not matter much. The VR on will just drain the battery a bit quicker. But you will not forget to turn it back on. If you shoot action you will want it off when panning. So it really is a personal choice.
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Old Apr 10, 2010, 4:32 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by shoturtle View Post
... If you shoot action you will want it off when panning. ...
Not really. It can compensate for vertical shake while panning horizontally.
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