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Vibration Reduction - The way to a blurry free image?

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on June 27, 2014

Keywords: nikkor, vr

Vibration reduction (VR) technology in a Nikkor lens is a great way to reduce shaky images in general. The technology may be great, but some users are confused about how it really works, and what it can and cannot do. To help ease that confusion, I would like to present the basics behind image stabilizing techniques and go deeper into the topic of reducing shaky images with Nikon's VR.  By understanding how VR works you can use it effectively to the benefit of your shooting techniques and your pictures.

The need to reduce shaky images came from both still and video photo professionals. They needed a system that would allow reducing the vibrations caused by a person hand-holding the camera, especially in the tele-zoom range. Our body is not stable enough to hold a camera in the same stationary position for a long time, especially when carrying a heavy lens load.  The invention of vibration reduction systems solved major portions of the problem for professionals and it was not too long before beginners and amateurs were benefitting from this technology. As time went by, Nikon began to incorporate VR into cheaper lenses as well (e.g. the popular AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens introduced over five years ago).


The evolution of new technologies brought many concepts and innovations to life, which successfully suppresses the hand shaking and I don’t mean the morning glass of whiskey. Jokes aside, let me shortly explain the main technological solutions.


1.Optical stabilization

2.On-chip stabilization

3.Electronic stabilization

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