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Old Dec 10, 2003, 8:23 AM   #1
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Default AF-S 70-200 VR - First results

I'm please to report that my new 70-200 VR turned up during the week and that there was some good weather at the weekend.

The following shots were taken in Edinburgh using my D100 with the camera on apperture priority at ISO 400 and continuous autofocus. VR was switched on for all shots, and I was using a focal length of 200mm in all cases.

FIrstly a static subject. f2.8, 1/640 second.



Secondly a slow pan. f4, 1/200 second.



Lastly a couple of fast moving subjects, overhead. f4, 1/2500 second.



The VR appears to have worked well in all cases, and hasn't been confused by panning. Also, the AF-S is VERY fast.

The full sized images (and others) are on my website.
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Old Dec 10, 2003, 1:46 PM   #2
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I'm glad to hear you got a good lens.

As a birder, I have to ask. What is that second duck?

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Old Dec 11, 2003, 3:25 AM   #3
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Eric, it's a Tufted Duck.
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Very nice shots Graham! Glad your 70-200 is working out well. When using it on a tripod and focusing on a still subject, turning off the VR should produce better images. Just a little tip, but I'm sure this goes to any lenses with VR.
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Thanks Alberto, I'm glad you like them. I've not tried using the 70-200 VR on a tripod yet, but I'll bear your advice in mind when I do.

At the moment I'm still using a little shoulder-pod.
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Default What is "VR"?

I've shot a lot of 35mm and digital, but just jumping into the dslr pond- What does VR stand for? In looking at Canon's Digital Rebel, I see Canon has a 75-300 Image Stabilization lens for around $400. Does Nikon (or other Nikon mounts) have anything similar? (I'm now waiting to see what the D70 is like)...
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Old Jan 10, 2004, 2:50 PM   #7
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VR = Vibration Reduction. It's the Nikon version of image stabilisation. There are two modes. Normal (which supports panning) and Active (to be used from moving vehicles). I'm pleased to report that Normal mode seems to work very well, I can get 200mm zoom hand held at fairly low shutter speeds. I've never had an opportunity yet to try Active.


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