diglloyd publication
Imagery: Auto - Large Table of Contents
Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR II and 70-200/4 VR
Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR II and 70-200/4 VR

Examples: Close Range (Forest

The low shutter speeds mean that commentary on sharpness can be noted, but not considered definitive.

The forest shots were shot handheld in part to assess the VR functionality. Nikon claims “up to 5 stops of image stabilization”, which means that 1/40 second should be 1/1250 equivalent or so, which the outing proved to an unjustified claim, even using my very best technique and really taking my time even for my own heartbeat. Still, the VR is extremely effective over not having it; with a ~50% or so success rate at absurdly low speeds of 1/40 - 1/80 second at ~200mm. As a very rough estimate, I deem it good for 2-3 stops for critical sharpness and 4 stops for viable images (as very rough estimates).

Article continues for subscribers...

If you’re already a subscriber, CLICK HERE TO LOG IN

diglloyd Advanced Photography

diglloyd Advanced Photography includes hundreds of pages of exclusive coverage and high resolution, Retina-grade example pictures detailing Canon and Nikon DSLR bodies and their lenses, with in-depth analysis of sharpness and contrast, color, bokeh, vignetting, distortion, MTF, and flare. Also included is a wealth of in-context technique and workflow insight. Since 2006, diglloyd Advanced Photography is the authoritative review and on-line reference for discerning Canon and Nikon shooters. Subscriptions cost $ per year.

  1. Explore the table of contents
  2. Check out Lloyd Chambers’ Blog
  3. Subscribe today!
f/4 @ 1/40 sec handheld, ISO 400, highlights -30
Nikon D800E + 70-200/4G VR @ 200mm

diglloyd Home Page | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | Contact
Copyright © 2008-2015 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.