I have been taking pictures from a rocking sailboat for about seven years while racing on Long Islamd Sound , albeit with a 70-200/2.8 VRI and a D200. If possible, I always kept the shutter speed faster than 1/100s and iso below 400.
Fri 23-Nov-12 09:28 PM | edited Fri 23-Nov-12 09:29 PM by Ray B
>I have been taking pictures from a rocking sailboat for about >seven years while racing on Long Islamd Sound , albeit with a >70-200/2.8 VRI and a D200. If possible, I always kept the >shutter speed faster than 1/100s and iso below 400.
Amen to that, in these situations we want the highest shutter speed at a reasonable ISO.
I'm specifically pondering the best way to utilize the VRII in our lenses in this scenario (assuming high shutter speeds cannot be realistically achieved)
Regarding the use of VR on a boat, I have attached a couple of examples.
The first exposure was in bright light The shot was taken at 1/4000s and f/3.5. Obviously, here VR is not needed and should be turned off.
The second picture was taken in low light and I wanted to keep the background reasonably clear. Here the conditions were 1/800s, f/10 and the VR was set to "active". This is a marginal situation and it would also have worked with VR turned off.
The third shot was taken a low light at 1/60s and f/5.6; here VR was useful.
My advice is to keep VR off as long as you can maintain sufficient shutter speed. This should be even easier with your D700 which has excellent high iso performance. When I started doing this kind of photography, I was often "seduced" by VR to use shutter speeds that were too low and ended up with blurry pictures - after all, boats do move.
I know that many people will disagree with me, but I believe that VR is somewhat over-rated.