VR vs IS

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by coolmingli, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. I tried the Nikon 70-200 VR on my D2Xs the other day, I don?t think the VR is
    as effective as the Canon?s 70-200 IS, I know it is working, I heard the
    clicks, and the frame does freeze.
    However it is just not as efficient as Canon?s IS. Can someone has used both
    lenses tell me if this is normal or I got a bad copy? I only have one VR lens
    at the moment, thanks!
  2. Never used a Canon, but today for the first time using a 70-300mm VR. Shot a picture of the Moon hand holding it at about 5:30pm, and am very pleased. At 78 am not as steady as I used to be, was amazed when I got a clear shot.
  3. Thanks Robert, when look thur the viewfinder, I think the 70-200 VR is noticieably wobbly at 200mm, the Canon is a bit more Sticky. I just want to make sure I got a good lens, I can exchange it within 15 days. Thank you!
  4. umd


    What is your "metrics" about effectivity of IS/VR?
  5. bms


    Mitchell, I was on a recent trip, and someone used the Canon 100-400 IS handheld held ALL the time - now, I did not get to examine his images closely but he seemed pretty happy with them and that is one BIG lens! Wondered if you could do the same with any large Nikon VR..... but I do not know of any objective tests.
  6. mjt


    hi Mitchell ...

    so, you've used a Canon body with a comparable Canon IS lens? and what is your experience with the images from it?

    i use the 70-200 VR on a D70s/D80/D200 and find it to be a great performer - i use it specifically at sporting events. are you sure you have it set correctly (i.e., 'active' versus 'normal')?

    could you explain what you mean that a Canon IS is more "sticky"?

    regards, michael
  7. I've used both the Nikon 80-400 VR and the Canon 100-400 IS. These are both earlier
    generation VR/IS systems than the N & C 70-200/2.8 lenses, but my impression was that
    there was little difference in stabilization.

    The Nikon lens had a VR mode in which stabilization only worked during exposure, so you
    wouldn't see the effect in the viewfinder (apparently, some users reported 'vertigo' from
    the stabilization seen through the viewfinder). In Canon, IS is either fully on or fully off
    and when it's on it's easy to see the effect through the viewfinder.

    I think you have to judge how well stabilization works from the images, not from what you
    see in the viewfinder.
  8. I tried out the Sigma 80-400mm OS and found their OS to be very effective at 400mm. The deal breaker was IQ considerations, but was very impresed with the OS. -Greg-

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