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Vibration Reduction

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VR Image Stabilization

VR image stabilization technology detects vertical and horizontal movement and offsets it by…

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How to Read Your NIKKOR Lens Barrel

Understanding what all of those markings and designations on your lens really mean.

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1 NIKKOR Technology: Retractable Lens Barrel

Retractable lens barrel technology offers ultra-compact lens design.

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What is a Lens MTF Chart & How Do I Read It?

MTF charts plot the performance and quality of a lens

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Prime Lenses

What is a prime lens? Well, it's a lens that isn't a zoom. A prime lens has a fixed focal length which means…

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Zoom Lens Maximum Aperture: Fixed and Variable Apertures

Zoom lenses can have either a fixed maximum aperture or a…

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Subject Tracking

Subject Tracking enhances your shooting experience by automatically adjusting focus as it follows the…

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Getting Started: How to Change a D-SLR Lens

Learn the steps to changing your camera's lens.

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Understanding Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a…

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How to Choose Your Next Nikon 1 Lens

Go beyond your Nikon 1 camera's kit lens

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Which NIKKOR Lens Type is Right for Your DSLR?

Learn what the different types of NIKKOR lenses are and which ones will…

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Nikon F-Mount

The Nikon F-mount makes a host of lenses available to photographers.

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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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CX Format Image Sensor

Nikon 1 digital cameras utilize the Nikon CX-format super high speed AF CMOS imaging sensor.

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Popular Nikon Lenses for Shooting Video

Primer on popular NIKKOR lenses for HD video shooting

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Bokeh for Beginners

Have your subjects stand apart from the background with this easy technique

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Scene Recognition System and Advanced SRS

Nikon's SRS and Advanced SRS recognize the position, color, tones and…

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Understanding Auto ISO

Auto ISO can simplify shooting under changing lighting conditions

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Zooming into a Scene with your Feet

Moose Peterson on using specific lenss for their angles of view

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Critical Focus: Getting the Most From Your D800

Michael Clark on getting the most out of your D800 HD-SLR

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51-Point Autofocus System

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Photographing Sports Indoors and Out

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Polarizing Filters Add POW to Pictures

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Marketplace: One and Only

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

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Remotely taking photographs

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

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Taking Better Photographs on the Water

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Joe McNally

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Benefits of Using the AF-ON Button for Autofocus

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Underwater Photography

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Making Pictures in the Rain

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Comfort Zone

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Shooting with Remote Cameras

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The Power and Beauty of Bears and Other Animals

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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

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Vibration Reduction

Vibration Reduction (VR) is an image stabilization technology that minimizes blur caused by camera shake. Using a VR NIKKOR lens can result in sharp images in low light, under windy conditions or when using a physically large NIKKOR lens, at up to four stops slower with a VR lens than a non-VR lens. This number of f/stops is based on CIPA standards and will change depending upon the specific lens. The value is achieved when a DX-format compatible lens is attached to a DX-format D-SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position or when an FX-format compatible lens is attached to an FX-format D-SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

Nikon VR originates in the lens, not in the image sensor, which means that algorithms optimized to an individual lens are applied. Another advantage of lens-based VR is that a separate algorithm confirms the stabilization effect when you press the shutter release button halfway, giving you the freedom to compose your image more easily. The system can also detect the use of a tripod, recognize panning―an instance in which you wouldn't want the lens to compensate for movement―and address the specific shake caused by the ongoing vibration patterns produced when shooting from a moving vehicle.

Nikon VR lenses use two angular velocity sensors, one that detects vertical movement (pitch), the other, horizontal movement (yaw), with diagonal motion handled by both sensors working together. The sensors send angular velocity data to a microcomputer in the lens, which determines how much compensation is needed to offset the camera's shake and sends that information to a duo of voice coil motors that move selected lens elements to compensate for the detected motion.

Practical Uses of VR

What does this mean in practical terms? A rock-steady camera is essential to critical image sharpness, and Nikon’s exclusive Vibration Reduction technology offers the perfect solution for reducing the image blur caused by camera shake. It provides you with up to four stops of "hand-holdability," delivering dramatically sharper images in a wide range of conditions.

Not all anti-shake technologies are the same. The in-camera anti-shake technology used by some manufacturers relies on a process that actually shifts the image sensor, and its performance benefit is generally agreed to be limited to about one-and-one-half to two stops. For Nikon photographers, an additional two stops of VR performance capability can easily be the difference between a blurry picture and a beautiful sharp one.

But the benefits of Nikon VR aren't limited to shutter speeds. Consider shooting on an overcast day at a medium ISO where greater depth-of-field might be desirable. Because using a Nikon VR lens means you've got up to four extra stops available, you can choose an aperture of f/8 rather than f/2―and there's your depth-of-field. And having up to four stops to work with also offers the possibility of shooting at lower ISO settings, thus maximizing image quality.

Click here for more on Nikon's VR technology.

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