What's your technique if your lens has no VR or VC, how do make your shots sharp (not


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Please share your techniques how do you make your shot sharp if your lens no VR or VC.

Any recommended position of the body, settings,...etc

thanks.
 

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1. Very stable tripod, Very good head and use MLU with cable release.


2. Breathing technique, stand firmly or lean against strong support, hold yr breath, arms close to body, slowly squeeze the shutter button.
 

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For starters you should set your initial shutter speed to at least an inverse fraction of your lense focal length...Than go up 1 speed for good measure..i.e. 50mm lenses (1/60th sec or faster), 85mm lenses (1/100th sec or FASTER)...300mm lense (1/500sec or faster) etc...Learn how to breath...Hold you camera/lense with 2 hands...You can always up the ISO to insure quick enough shutter speed.;)

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Whatever SAF taught you for rifle shooting ;)
 

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VR/VC is not everything, Ansel Adams had no VR/VC but he still took many amazing photos.
 

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If you can find a wall or table for support, it works also...but most importantly like what many mention, revisit how you will fire the rifle.
 

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VR/VC is not everything, Ansel Adams had no VR/VC but he still took many amazing photos.
AA was a landscape shooter and he shot with large format cameras. Whole different ballgame. :sweat:

@TS: hold your camera in a boxer's stance: feet slightly apart (distance from one foot to another about the same as distance from left-to-right shoulder), elbows tucked in to body, hands close to head.
 

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1. Very stable tripod, Very good head and use MLU with cable release.


2. Breathing technique, stand firmly or lean against strong support, hold yr breath, arms close to body, slowly squeeze the shutter button.
1. fully agreed. :thumbsup:
 

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AA was a landscape shooter and he shot with large format cameras. Whole different ballgame. :sweat:
Those photojournalists and others in the older generation of film had no IS/VR. I personally feel that one must not be too reliant on IS/VR to get their shots.
 

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On top of whatever has already been said, it should be noted that VR/VC/IS is not a requirement for sharp photos. No way.
 

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candycaine said:
On top of whatever has already been said, it should be noted that VR/VC/IS is not a requirement for sharp photos. No way.
Not a requirement but you must admit that a 4-stop VR does help a lot
 

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Not a requirement but you must admit that a 4-stop VR does help a lot
No, I have nothing to admit.

VR is yet another tool to help you get what you want. You use it only when you need it. For example: you use VR to counteract slight handshake when shooting handheld, but often turn off VR when shooting on a tripod, in case the VR system tries to compensate for "movement" that isn't actually present.

Also, you have to realise that 4-stop VR is an overstated claim more often than not- for example the Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR is said to have 4 stops of VR but when tested, only gives 1 stop to 2 stops (MAX) of VR.

Plus, VR or not, if you can't hold a camera reasonably still then VR can't save you anyway.
 

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No, I have nothing to admit.

VR is yet another tool to help you get what you want. You use it only when you need it. For example: you use VR to counteract slight handshake when shooting handheld, but often turn off VR when shooting on a tripod, in case the VR system tries to compensate for "movement" that isn't actually present.

Also, you have to realise that 4-stop VR is an overstated claim more often than not- for example the Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR is said to have 4 stops of VR but when tested, only gives 1 stop to 2 stops (MAX) of VR.

Plus, VR or not, if you can't hold a camera reasonably still then VR can't save you anyway.
Well let's agree to disagree, there's a reason why manufacturers come up with VR in their lenses and even camera bodies. If its not useful why would put it in? I'm sure no one will pay more for a lens that has a useless function. Not talking about tripods here cos VR is used to help with handheld shot.

Not saying that posture and breathing techniques are not important, they are, but VR can definitely help with a little camera shake
 

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Those photojournalists and others in the older generation of film had no IS/VR. I personally feel that one must not be too reliant on IS/VR to get their shots.
yep. IS is an advantage. but it isnt the only solution. handholdable speeds are 1/60-1/200, varies for each individual.

its the same as ppl complaining abt ai-servo being not accurate, unless high end body. back in the old days, do they have ai servo? no. do they still get good shots? yes. prefocusing.

i highly doubt ppl like robert capa, eddie adams, had the advantage of IS
 

icelykoh

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either i use a higher iso, larger aperture or use my arm as a temp support..
hope that helps..
 

albertsy2

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- Boost ISO
- Exposure change to -2/3
- Open up aperture
 

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Well let's agree to disagree, there's a reason why manufacturers come up with VR in their lenses and even camera bodies. If its not useful why would put it in? I'm sure no one will pay more for a lens that has a useless function. Not talking about tripods here cos VR is used to help with handheld shot.

Not saying that posture and breathing techniques are not important, they are, but VR can definitely help with a little camera shake
My point being VR helps. Yes.

But if you refer to TS initial statement: "Please share your techniques how do you make your shot sharp if your lens no VR or VC."

Would you not agree with me that TS has the perception that without VR or VC or IS (depending on which brand of camera you use), your shot will definitely not be sharp?

Even when shooting handheld, you do not need VR for a sharp shot. I shot a number of events using a VR-less lens and body and the shots are still sharp. That is my point. Sure VR helps. But do you need it? No.

yep. IS is an advantage. but it isnt the only solution. handholdable speeds are 1/60-1/200, varies for each individual.
Yes. This is what I agree with.
 

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