This review suggests that somebody has measured or at least noticed a reduction in vibration blur from using Quiet mode. If you're shooting on a tripod, MUP mode and a remote release or the self timer to trigger the shutter seems a better approach. If you're shooting hand held, I think you'd have to experiment to see if your hands are steady enough that Q mode benefits you.
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This throws up a question I have - Why does the manual recommend switching VR OFF when the camera is mounted on a tripod? I experimented with the Quiet mode on & off tripod with VR On & Off. To be honest I couldn't detect any difference so my 'testing' method must be questionable. VR makes a huge difference when hand holding on a train but I have never tried QM in such circumstances. Why would you ?? So since I am rarely anywhere I need QM not my must have feature but I assume there is a demand.
#3. "RE: Quiet mode" In response to Reply # 2 Tue 03-Jul-12 01:56 PM by ShrimpBoy
Brighton and Hove, GB
> Why does the manual recommend switching VR OFF when the camera > is mounted on a tripod?
Hand-holding produces continuous vibrations which the VR system can generally match pretty well and cancel. Tripods generate decaying vibrations from pressing the shutter and mirror slap and I would guess that VR is less effective in that scenario because it has to continually adjust to the changing magnitude of vibration. Having said that, I believe it is supposed to be smart enough to detect tripod shooting, by which I assume they have the system remain inactive if it detects initial shake below some small threshold. So if your shutter button technique on a tripod is very gentle, or you use the self-timer or a remote, you probably see no difference because the VR stays dormant.
> self-timer and MUP (from earlier post)
My silly mistake, you can't do that because they're both on the dial. I haven't quite got used to that yet. Perhaps the D7000 will let you combine MUP and exposure delay, I'm not sure. I shoot MUP with a corded remote.
No MUP and exposure delay can't be combined. With shutter delay, the mirror flips up and then the shutter is actuated about 1 second later. MUP simply overrides it. MUP lifts the mirror and the shutter won't actuate until you press the shutter release a second time. There is no reason to combine them since they are both designed to accomplish the same thing - allow mirror slap vibrations to die down before the shutter is released.
The quiet mode is useful in situations where the shutter sound might be distracting - quiet gatherings of people, shooting easily spooked wildlife, etc. I hated it when I first tried it, but now often use it when I am birding.
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