Took out my 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR this weekend, after sitting unused (in a case) for several months. The VR function seems to have stopped working. (Yes, its switched on, and I tried it on a couple of different bodies).
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Update -- Cleaning the contacts didn't solve the problem so I took it in to a local authorized Nikon store which has a service dept. (Unique Photo in Fairfield NJ). They checked it out, cleaned the contacts again, and indeed the VR function had failed, for reasons unknown.
I got the lens in 2009, so with a 1-yr warranty its no longer under warranty, and to send it back to Melville NY for repair would be $200-$250. Not worth it for a $500 lens?
BUT - another employee came over, said wait, Nikon had extended the warranty for this particular model (and perhaps others?) to 5 years. So, as long as its a U.S. lens and I have proof of purchase (Yes and Yes), they can send it back to Melville for repair under warranty.
So, kudos (so far) to Nikon for doing this. Keeping my fingers crossed, we'll see what happens.
Thanks, good to know! I guess I should have been aware of this, but fortunately I haven't had to deal with any warranty/repair issues until now. I will make it a point to let them know when I pick up the (hopefully fixed!) lens.
Confirming Joseph K. - you can definitely hear (and almost feel) the VR kicking in and out as the camera's metering system turns on and off (at least I can). And as you're looking thru the viewfinder and move the lens around, what you see should appear to move 'less' than you would otherwise expect, due to the stabilizing effect of the lens.
I wonder how having 4 VR lenses on 4 different Nikon bodies, I have never noticed the actions that either you or Joseph mention. I just assumed that it was doing what it was supposed to do. I started with the D80/18-200mm VR combination in 2007.
I previously had a Konica Minolta A2 with stabilization internal to the camera. Combination of this stabilization with low light & flash could create some bizzare effects with moving subjects.
I will have to start paying more attention & do some testing.