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    Default Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    I am planning to bring my SLIK Sprint Pro instead of my Manfrotto 190Pro for a trip this month as it is much lighter & smaller to carry. However , vibration is extremely prominent when using my Nikon 18-200VR lens especially at higher zoom range. Should I turn VR on when taking photos in ths case, I expect to have some long exposure shots of up to 2s.

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    Default Re: Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    why don't you try it out at home first
    don't base on other people's guesses on your equipment, when you can actually try it and know first hand if it is better or not

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    Default Re: Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    yeah... it's SO much easier (and faster too) to test it out, rather than post on Clubsnap and ask, and wait for a reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    why don't you try it out at home first
    don't base on other people's guesses on your equipment, when you can actually try it and know first hand if it is better or not
    I agreed with ortega. Try it out with and without VR and see for yourself the outcome. Although the manual recommended that VR be turned off when using with a tripod.

    But I guess the result will be better with VR turn off.

    Let us know the result of the test

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by romeo tango View Post
    I agreed with ortega. Try it out with and without VR and see for yourself the outcome. Although the manual recommended that VR be turned off when using with a tripod.

    But I guess the result will be better with VR turn off.

    Let us know the result of the test

    Thanks.
    actually it depends on how stable TS's small tripod is

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    actually it depends on how stable TS's small tripod is
    Agreed. But don't you think the VR will create more movement due to the vibration ?
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    Default Re: Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    I had tried this long time ago - though not a very detail scientific one.

    My finding then:

    1 Long exposure, such as night shoot = no help or very minimal
    2 short exp. = yes but ...

    it still depends on that tripod.. (the tripod i tried was one slightly better than then nikon freebie tripod)
    My conclusion is; forget about the light or cheapo tripod.. dun like the weight of tripod, a monopod is so much more convenient. Planning of long exposure = a decent tripod will be a much better bet.

    But i guess that if there is minimum surrounding disturbance, the result could be better.


    Add: Just recalled, about 3 mths ago at marina barrage, i used my friend cheapo tripod with 18-200 and shot across from the dam... the wording of the hotel (can't remember, was it oriental?), plus others, was not ''good''. I was on hyperfocal. - could be due to my fault also..
    Last edited by swhyge; 9th June 2009 at 11:54 AM. Reason: addition

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    Default Re: Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    Bros , have tested it , my findings are :

    The image quality appears to be the same under the following scenarios :

    a) VR on : Shutter release using timer/remote cord
    b) VR off : use timer/remote cord & Mirror Up function

    Seems like the majority of the vribration comes from the shutter release when the mirror flips up & down , this is especially notable on the smaller tripod at high zoom range. However tests done indoors , probably when outdoors other sources of vibration ie Wind will have significant impact as well. Wind will have more continuous vibration compared to the mirror flip for long exposure shots, theorectically maybe VR is good in such case???

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    Default Re: Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    what kind of VR can help in a 2 seconds exposure? let me know, I would like to buy this lens too.
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    Default Re: Should VR be on when using shall tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    what kind of VR can help in a 2 seconds exposure? let me know, I would like to buy this lens too.
    Yup, i was pondering about this also! I guess i was right.

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    Hehe , me new in photography , got an arsenal of equipments but no experience. whats the max effective exposure duration VR can go?

    My tests done using short exposures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    what kind of VR can help in a 2 seconds exposure? let me know, I would like to buy this lens too.
    This one sure can mr Catchlights! You don't worry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mebius View Post
    Bros , have tested it , my findings are :

    The image quality appears to be the same under the following scenarios :

    a) VR on : Shutter release using timer/remote cord
    b) VR off : use timer/remote cord & Mirror Up function
    Thanks for the test result

    so I guess it all boils down to the situation you are in at that point in time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    This one sure can mr Catchlights! You don't worry!

    Order for you ah?

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    must buy
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