What is VR in Nikon lenses and what is all the hype about it. Well VR stands for Vibration Reduction and it reduces the effect of any camera and lens vibration.
How does it Work?
Generally the image blur caused by camera shake occurs when shutter speeds are slower than 1/focal length of the lens. With the implementation Nikon’s latest VRII system, the lenses give an ability to shoot at four times lower shutter speed than you could obtain without the VR functionality.
When should the VR functionality be Switched on
In general I only use VR at slow shutter speeds. For example with the 105mm VR Micro lens I would only use VR at shutter speeds of less than 1/100 of one second. At these low shutter speeds I see significant advantages with the VR operation. I have actually used the 105mm Micro lens at shutter speeds of 1/6 second an have obtained sharp images. It should be noted that VR does not work well with macro work once the reproduction ration is les than 1:10 so turn it off for macros.
VR is also now provided with some of the wide angle zoom lenses. With the 24-120mm zoom I have obtained sharp images at 24mm with a shutter speed of 1/4 second, which is quite remarkable.
Where the VR functionality really shines is with the super telephoto lenses, where hand held sharp images can be obtained in some case with shutter speeds down to 1/50 second.
Which Lenses Have VR
In the Nikon Lens Reviews we have listed all the Nikon lenses which have VR built in.