This perhaps should by posted in the "Lenses Forum" but I think it's of real interest to D800 users in general since we almost all use some VR lenses.
Below is a link to a Nikon Imaging release (last updated Oct. 17, 2013) stating that beginning July 1, 2013,CIPA has introduced a 'standard' for measuring Image Stabilization performance for digital cameras. This is apparently to make all image stabilization somewhat easier to compare across lenses and manufacturers.
Here is the link where Nikon has published the number of effective stops gained by VR in each of their FX and DX lenses.
Thanks, Dan. Fascinating stuff. I can vouch for the effectiveness of the VR on the new 70-200 f/4. It's amazing. I'm sorry to see that my 16-35 f/4 only gets a 2.5, but with wide angle you don't really need much VR anyway.
Seems, as usual, that Brian feels all you need with the D800 is the body. Who needs lenses?
I thought you might...but at least when moderators do that, it leaves the topic in the original Forum for others to see and link to. That way both Forums win. You guys/gals do a very good job moderating these Forums and I thank you for that!
Dan (Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40) "I don't read, I just look at pictures" - Andy Warhol