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Reader Comment: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED and Image Stabilization on a Tripod

Bill J writes:

I must commend you for an excellent review of the the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E. Information on focus shift compensation with the D810 is not readily available elsewhere and the section on focus shift is particularly helpful.

Under vibration reduction on page one of the review you mention Tripod Mode. The usual recommendation is to turn off VR when shooting on a tripod, but this is said by some to be not necessary with some lenses. I just bought this lens and find nothing about VR on a tripod in the manual. What is your recommendation when shooting on a tripod with this lens?

DIGLLOYD: with image stabilization enabled, there is no guarantee that a lens will not do Bad Things on a tripod with image stabilization (optical or in-body image stabilization) It is thus a Bad Idea to assume that the system has a 0% detection rate for tripod use.

The only guarantee is turning off image stabilization. I have seen too many brands and cameras ruin images when image stabilization is enabled.

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