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Vibration Reduction Settings On Nikon Nikkor Lenses

Vibration Reduction Settings On Nikon Nikkor Lenses - Vibration Reduction has different settings on Nikkor lenses. Here, we find out why.

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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II in Interchangeable Lenses

AFS DX 18 55 VR2
Nikon's Vibration reduction technology is built into certain lenses, such as the AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II.

VR equipped lenses have two or three different mode options, which we will run through in turn below. 

Normal Mode - Normal mode is recommended for most scenes. It includes automatic panning protection, which knows when you are panning and suppresses the blur-correction function, reducing blue in the vertical direction rather than the direction of movement. In normal mode, blur caused by camera shake in images is effectively reduced in this mode. 

Active Mode - Active mode also compensates for image blur caused by camera shake, but also takes into account when the shooting angle might be awkward, for example shooting from a high or low angle, shooting from a moving vehicle or boat, and shooting while walking. This makes it ideal for shooting in situations where you don't have a stable base to shoot from.

Tripod Mode - Selected Nikon lenses feature a tripod VR setting - these tend to be the longer Nikon lenses, and include the AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR and the AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED.

Using a tripod can result in image blur from vibration caused by mirror or shutter movement at the time of exposure. Tripod VR mode automatically differentiates the frequency of the vibration from that of camera shake, and changes the algorithm it uses to correct image blur caused by this. 

 

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