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I’m thinking of buying the Nikon 70-300mm VR that won your recent Big Test of budget telephoto zoom lenses. Does its VR system work for panning shots? Ed Barton, via email
Jason says... The Nikon AF-S 70300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR (£430/$500) was a worthy winner of our Big Test, back in issue 67. Its VR (Vibration Reduction) system features auto-detection for panning, so only applies correction in the axis that’s perpendicular to any panning movement. However, this is only available in ‘Normal’ VR mode, so you need to check that the ‘Active’ mode is not selected.
Sigma lenses with an OS (Optical Stabilizer) often feature dual modes for static and panning shots, selected manually via a switch on the lens barrel. Most Tamron VC (Vibration Compensation) lenses don’t have a panning mode and, in our tests, their proprietary stabilization systems are rather less effective when panning.
With Nikon’s 70-300mm VR, when horizontal panning is detected, stabilization is only applied in the vertical axis
The newer AF-S 70-300mm adds Vibration Reduction as well as a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus system