HOW VR WORKS

Many Nikon lenses have Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion built in (you can iden­tify them by ‘VR’ in the name). Here’s how VR works…

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01 In­side the lens, gy­ro­scopic sen­sors de­tect any move­ment and in­stantly coun­ter­act it by mov­ing a ‘float­ing’ lens as­sem­bly which keeps the im­age steady.

02 Strictly speak­ing, you should switch the VR off when the cam­era’s on a tri­pod be­cause it could in­tro­duce vi­bra­tion. In prac­tice, most of us for­get and it doesn’t seem to be a prob­lem.

03 If you’re shoot­ing hand­held you can leave the VR switched on all the time. VR doesn’t guar­an­tee sharp shots, but it does im­prove your chances of good re­sults when you’re us­ing mar­ginal shut­ter speeds.

04 Some lenses have a spe­cial Ac­tive mode. This is de­signed for sit­u­a­tions when you’re be­ing badly shaken about as you’re tak­ing pic­tures – if you’re shoot­ing from a mov­ing ve­hi­cle, for ex­am­ple.

Many Nikon lenses have VR, and some have ‘Nor­mal’ and ‘ Ac­tive’ modes as well

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