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VR II 70-200 2.8

expat

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expat Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2010
Tue 08-May-12 07:11 PM

Bought a Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR II recently and glancing at the handbook it says that "With cameras featuring an AF-On button vibration reduction does not function when the AF button is pressed"

I have my camera set up to an article (I think it was by Jason Odell)
so that autofocus has been moved to the AF button.
Presumably VR still works when the shutter is finally pressed in this mode?

Thanks.

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slothead

Frederick, US
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#1. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 0

slothead Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Aug 2009
Tue 08-May-12 09:42 PM

Yes, the VR works with the shutter release, but it can be harder to auto focus without the VR, because it is harder to keep the focus point where you want it. Frequently I have to hold the shutter at half-cock while focusing using the AE button.

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JosephK

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#2. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Tue 08-May-12 11:14 PM

Nikon really needs to clean up the wording of that sentence is all of its manuals.

What Nikon is trying to say is that the AF-ON button only controls only the focus system. The VR system stays connected to the shutter release button. Push the button you want for that feature, both buttons if you want both features.

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Joseph K
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richardd300

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#3. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 2

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Wed 09-May-12 09:11 AM

<<Nikon really needs to clean up the wording of that sentence is all of its manuals.>>

Too true. They also need to help folks understand when and when not to use VR and I don't mean just when on a tripod or monopod! I struggled for years with fast shutter speeds giving poor IQ until I read Thom Hogans article and had help here about when and when not to use VR.
You may already be aware of this, but if not and put simply, if the equivilent shutter speed is x1.5 the focal length, turn VR off e.g. focal length 200mm, shutter speed 1/350 or more. It's so easy to forget that sometimes I don't need it and leave it switched on, after all VR is a low light slow shutter speed tool.

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expat

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#4. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 3

expat Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2010
Wed 09-May-12 09:20 AM

Thanks all, will also search for that article.

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richardd300

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Wed 09-May-12 09:34 AM

Sorry, I meant to attach the link http://www.bythom.com/nikon-vr.htm

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expat

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#6. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 5

expat Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2010
Wed 09-May-12 09:58 AM

Many thanks

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picbybdm

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#7. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 6

picbybdm Registered since 27th Jan 2012
Wed 09-May-12 07:04 PM

VR can still help while framing even though the function is not needed for the actual exposure. Is there a way to control this that anyone knows of so you can use it while focusing or framing but not while exposing?

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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Wed 09-May-12 07:19 PM

I guess activate VR then depress the shutter release button halfway to compose and frame, then turn it off before actuating the shutter. Not easy and would take some dexterity!

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MEMcD

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#9. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 8

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sat 12-May-12 12:24 PM | edited Sat 12-May-12 12:26 PM by MEMcD

Hi Richard,


>I guess activate VR then depress the shutter release button
>halfway to compose and frame, then turn it off before
>actuating the shutter. Not easy and would take some
>dexterity!

The problem with that strategy is that when you release the shutter VR will activate and won't have enough time to reach equallibrium resulting in a blurry image.
If you don't want to use VR, turn it off.
If you do want to use VR and the AF On button to focus, make sure you press and hold the shutter release button half way to allow the VR to stabilize before releasing the shutter. Yes, it requires holding both buttons down, or you can release the AF On button if your subject is static, but you have to keep the shutter release button pressed half way until you release the shutter.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!


Best Regards,
Marty

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#10. "RE: VR II 70-200 2.8 " | In response to Reply # 9

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sat 12-May-12 12:32 PM

Thanks, yes I see that. It's not normally a problem with me as when shooting wildlife I'm using very high shutter speeds at list 1.5 times more than the focal length of the lens, so VR is off anyway. With landscapes I usually tripod mount anyway so VR is off.

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