Ex­plained: VR

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How to stop the shakes

Nikon’s Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion (VR) 18-55mm lens can of­fer be­tween three and four stops of ad­di­tional ‘hand­hold­abil­ity’. In other words, you should be able to get sharp re­sults when you’re hold­ing the cam­era at shut­ter speeds three or four stops slower than rec­om­mended. The rule of thumb rec­om­men­da­tion is to use a shut­ter speed that matches the fo­cal length – so 1/40 sec for a 40mm lens on a full-frame FX body, or 1/60 sec on a DX cam­era when you take the 1.5x crop into ac­count. With VR you should be able to get sharp re­sults at around 1/5 sec (FX) or 1/8 sec (DX).

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