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A couple of lens questions

briantilley

Paignton, UK
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briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Sun 28-Oct-12 12:02 PM

You can safely ignore the "VR" logo on the lens when evaluating a purchase – its colour is definitely purely cosmetic and tells you nothing about the lens itself. And the presence or absence of the "II" designation in a lens' title doesn't help identify the VR type either...

No, the safest way to determine which generation of VR is in a given lens is to check its product description on one of Nikon's websites. They are usually consistent in describing the capability of the lens' VR system as "up to 3 stops" for the original VR, "up to 4 stops" for VR II and now "up to 5 stops" for the VR III on the latest AF-S VR 70-200mm f/4G.

So, here is a list (as complete and accurate as I can make it, though I'll happily accept corrections...) of the generation of VR in each current (and discontinued) Nikkor lens. I hope it helps

NOTE TO HELP AVOID CONFUSION: where I've put (version I) or (version II) after a lens name, it is to distinguish the first or second version of the lens, not the VR system.

Lenses with the original VR system:
AF-S DX VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
AF-S DX VR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G
AF-S VR 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G
AF-S DX VR 55-200m f/4-5.6G
AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G (version I)
AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D
AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G (version I)
AF-S VR 200mm f/2G (version I)
AF-S VR 300mm f/2.8G (version I)

Lenses with the second-generation VR II system:
AF-S VR 16-35mm f/4G
AF-S DX VR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G
AF-S DX VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G (version I)
AF-S DX VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G (version II)
AF-S DX VR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G
AF-S VR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G
AF-S VR 24-120mm f/4G
AF-S VR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G
AF-S DX VR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G (version II)
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G (version II)
AF-S DX VR 85mm f/3.5G Micro
AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8G Micro
AF-S VR 200mm f/2G (version II)
AF-S VR 300mm f/2.8G (version II)
AF-S VR 400mm f/2.8G
AF-S VR 500mm f/4G
AF-S VR 600mm f/4G

Lens with the third-generation VR III system:
AF-S 70-200mm f/4G

Brian
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