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Handheld vs. VR Shootout

This section explores how much benefit there is to using Vibration Reduction with a 200mm lens from 1/25 to 1/1600 second. The Nikon 200/f2 AFS VR was chosen for several reasons:

  1. It is feasible to use handheld for a period of time.
  2. It is of very recent design and so presumably includes any improvements to Nikon’s VR algorithms.
  3. It provides a comparison with results seen on the Handheld Sharpness test using the 70-200 VR.  

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  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
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