Okay, so this lens has VR and technically I should be able to handhold it to at least 1/2 second at 3 stops. I am not even talking 4 stops. But reality is that it would depend on the focal length. I can hold 3 stops but at 35mm FL At 16mm I can only barely do 2 stops.
Your hands are much steadier, clearly, than my 66 year old hands. That said, I think that the advertised 4 stops is hogwash. Two stops at 35 and three at 16 is pretty darn good in my experience with this lens. I, frankly, cannot hand hold any lens at a half second.
>Your hands are much steadier, clearly, than my 66 year old >hands. That said, I think that the advertised 4 stops is >hogwash. Two stops at 35 and three at 16 is pretty darn good >in my experience with this lens. I, frankly, cannot hand hold >any lens at a half second.
I am 55 so I got some time to go but most lenses I buy now are with OS, IS, VR. Here is at 1/3 second F8 24mm
There's a lower limit beyond which one can't realistically expect VR to help. For example, an 8mm VR lens could theoretically be hand-held at 2 sec, but in practice one can't hand hold an 8mm lens at 1/8th either. Personally I find that limit to be around 1/4 to 1/8th sec - even 1/8th is not a particularly likely proposition, and 1/4th is definitely "take three to get one" territory for me.
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>I agree with what Brian said. The 1/FL rule of thumb starts >to fall apart at very wide focal lengths. > >Which means therefore the modified rule of thumb, 2^n/FL where >"n" is the number of stops you expect to gain from >VR, falls apart even more spectacularly.