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Vibration Reduction In Nikon Cameras

Vibration Reduction In Nikon Cameras - Find out more about the technology behind vibration reduction in Nikon cameras.

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Nikon VR lens
Vibration Reduction, more commonly know as VR, can minimise blur through image stabilisation technology. 

Using a VR Nikkor lens can enable you to capture sharp images in low light or windy conditions, if you are being blown around by the wind, thanks to VR technology. It also allows you to use the camera at up to four stops slower then usual with a VR lens and still achieve good photos. 

Vibration Reduction in Nikon technology is found in the lens, not the image sensor. This allows algorythms that are specific to an individual lens to be applied, allowing VR to be customised to that lens. This also allows the user to control composition of the image more easily when the shutter release button is pressed half way, as a separate algorithm confirms the stabilisation effect in camera.

The system is also sophisticated enough to recognise the use of a tripod in some lenses, and even recognise panning, where you don't want the lens to compensate for movement. It can also reduce shake caused by travelling and shooting in a moving vehicle.

Nikon VR lenses use two angular velocity sensors, one for horizontal movement (yaw) and one for vertical movement (pitch). Diagonal motion is then tackled by both sensors working together. Data is then sent to a microcomputer, which then tells the lens how much compensation is needed. voice coil monitors then move selected lens elements to compensate for the motion. 

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LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 9:48PM
This seems to be a poor analysis Sad
Following the adoption of the CIPA standard for measuring VR this lens has 3 stops not 4 stops VR.
VR helps control camera movement i.e. camera shake.
VR cannot detect or correct subject movement in windy conditions, although it does help if the photographer holds the camera less steady than normal due to a strong wind.
A few very expensive Nikon lenses have "use on a tripod detection" (tripod mode VR) but the 105 VR macro illustrated is not one of them.
For a more reliable description of the 105 VR specification, including construction and full aperture MTF, I suggest www.imaging.nikon.com

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emmaK22 Plus
6 106 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 10:31AM
Hi Len,

The image used above was for illustrative purposes only, and the article was meant to be more of an overview of the technology.

I have amended the part about windy conditions.

Thanks for your input,


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