I have the lens about 4 months and was not too impressed with it until I seen VR working on a friends camera. Now I realise mine was not working from the start. It is on a Nikon D80 and the unit is turned on.
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Re: Vibration Reduction not working
This feature is not an "end-all" to using a tripod for those razor sharp images. The VR may buy you one or two stops of light max. This may be enough in a pinch but invest in a tripod (a good one) for razor sharpness!
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The Nikon Coolpix L810 is a great camera capable of taking very good and sharp pictures, even in bad light conditions. It has a Vibration reduction, that makes it even possible to shoot pictures without tripod when you zoom in very far. If normally with the same lens length you should need 1/200 of a second your camera should still be capable of taking that picture with only the same blur from shake, with 1/50 of a second. But if you ever should use a tripod. make sure you switch off that feature. Because the Vibration reduction, works with a staking lens element. that should compensate the movement of the camera, by shaking in the correct direction opposite to the movement of the camera. The element will still shake and so blur a picture, when the camera is placed on a tripod.
Don't try to shoot pictures with the zoom on full extension, in bad light conditions. That also won't work. Lots of things can be done with the camera, but to everything is a limit. Most of the time that limit comes sooner when there is less light.
I have a D200 with a Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm ED zoom, and I have a similar issue with the inside of the lens shaking when I turn it on, It turned out to be a problem with the vibration reduction motor inside the lens. I first noticed a problem when zooming that it wasn't smooth, as though the inside lens was catching on something. It turned out that a roller inside the zoom somehow caught the wiring strip inside the lens and damaged it, causing the VR motor to short out.
There are forums that tell you how to repair the problem yourself on that lens, providing that you can get the replacement parts. I elected to send mine in for a repair, and hopefully its going to cost less than $AU200.00
That's the aperture lock lever. On many Nikon cameras, the lens needs to have the aperture ring turned to f/32 and locked in place. You then control the aperture from the camera body, the same way as on a lens without an aperture ring. On older Nikon cameras, you unlock the aperture ring and control the aperture by turning the ring.
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It's one of the finest mid-range zooms ever made by Nikon and is built to professional standards. The zoom range will be 105-300mm (allowing for crop factor on the D70 image sensor) so you have a medium to long telephoto range ideally suited to hockey pitch dimensions. Minimum focussing distance is just 5' (1.5m) when in AF mode and a little closer when using manual focus and the AF motor is very fast and quiet. I also love the ability to instantly override the AF just by taking manual control of the focus ring: no need to fiddle around with switches before doing so. The lens also has no less than three AF lock buttons so there's always one in easy reach whichever way you hold the camera. The maximum aperture is a very useful f2.8 which is one to two stops better than normal and is constant throughout the zoom range, it also allows a shallow depth of field so that backgrounds are thrown out of focus. Vibration reduction is built in to gain a further stop or two in the relatively low light of all indoor venues. The lens is all metal construction (except, of course, for the glass, gaskets and internal bumpers) so will stand up to the knocks of sports use and the construction is weather proofed. The lens is really sharp as well.
In my opinion it's a near-perfect bit of kit, but the only downside is the weight: Around 1.5kg or 3lb, but for what the lens offers it's a worthwhile trade off. it's also even better when you consider that the fast aperture and vibration reduction mean that you can leave the flashgun at home.
I've only ever borrowed one before and I didn't want to give it back...
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