Re: [PanoToolsNG] Any one using the Nikon 16-35 VR ??
- On 14 Apr 2013, at 21:53, AlanB <scoundrel1728@...> wrote:
> --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, "montana_jimbo" <mrjimbo@...> wrote:What VR (or IS) features do is help counteract slight unsteadiness when shooting hand-held at relatively slow shutter speeds. It give you one or possibly two more steps on the shutter speed scale.
>> Hi , I tried a search and didn't come up with anything.. I am curious if anyone is using the 16-24 f/4 VR lens succesfully and could elaborate a bit.. If it's not that great recomendations woudld be appreciated.. I'm after a wide zoom that would do a fairly good job and be sharp..
> I have never used that particular lens model, so I have no idea how well it works optically aside from the VR feature. However, the VR feature is largely ineffective below a shutter speed of 1/8 second
There's an old, crude rule of thumb regarding the normal lowest shutter speed for hand-held shooting; the fraction of a second that's the same or just under the focal length. So, for a 50mm lens, start being extra careful when shooting at speeds below 1/30 sec unless you have VR. A 200mm lens (or zoom at that length) will probably show the effects of hand shake at speeds under 1/200 sec, but with VR you'd be relatively ok down to around 1/60 sec. A 16mm wide angle lens will be fine for hand-holding down to 1/15 sec without VR, but with VR you should have slight camera shake counteracted at shutter speeds down to 1/8 and even 1/4 sec.
But of course this has nothing to do with motion blur from moving subjects – just camera shake. And if you're shooting at speeds of 1/15 or slower then subject movement will start to become a regular issue. This is why VR is more generally useful with longer focal lengths; you'll generally be shooting fast enough to capture ordinary movement already.
So VR in the 16-24mm focal area is not useless, but you'd need to consider what kind of subjects you'll be shooting, whether you'd be using those 1/4 or 1/8 shutter speeds when handheld, and whether your subjects would be slow or still enough to avoid blurring anyway.
- FYI: I just got the Nikon 18-35mm ED (which has no VR and is considerably cheaper). Haven't used it for VR yet, but from my first test shots I can tell the lens is very sharp, handling is great, and snaps into focus super-fast. It has f3.5 at the widest setting, vignetting is visible but not horrible.