Why is it so surprising that they've improved? We don't really know what they did, and certainly nobody's used one yet. I would guess that the speed and/or precision of the VR mechanism has improved by some material amount, and that it's probably better than what we had in VR-II. I'd guess that in reality (or at least in my personal use) it probably won't make five stops improvement, but I thought that VR was a little optimistic at 3 stops and VR-II was optimistic at 4 stops. I thought they were both optimistic by about a stop, so probably this "VR-III" (I sure hope they call it something different than just "VR") is also optimistic, probably by about a stop. For me I'd guess that it'll probably be about 4 stops improvement. On the other hand, I am probably a little better than "average" at hand-holding, and perhaps for a "typical" user another stop is very possible.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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