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55-200mm w/ no vibration control, a must?
I am considering buying a Nikon D60 w/kit 18-55VR, and 55-200mm DX (non VR) lens. Is it worth paying extra for the VR? This will be by 2nd SLR, the previous being a Minolta DiMage 5, so quite different..

Any help will be appreciated...

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With a DSLR giving you access to higher ISOs (higher shutter speeds possible) it isn't vitally important to have vibration reduction. In the film days we had a simple rule that a shutter speed of 1/focal length was advisable to keep camera shake under reasonable control. With the 1.5 crop factor on the APS-C sensors you'd be better to try for 1/250 for an unstabilised 200mm lens (that's because you are effectively cropping the centre of the image and magnifying it.) So VR isn't a must..

However for grab-shots, or particularly if you're working under pressure, image stabilisation is invaluable so get it if you can afford it..

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John farrar wrote:.

With the 1.5 crop factor on the APS-C sensors you'd be better to tryfor 1/250 for an unstabilised 200mm lens (that's because you areeffectively cropping the centre of the image and magnifying it.) SoVR isn't a must..

This is a bit of a mystery. There's others who argue that the cropping ratio is irrelevant. In any case, I disagree about the VR. I think it's crucial. Not a must, surely, but far more important than what you imply. It depends on the user's hands, but VR can give you tremendous latitude.

That's what? 5 stops from 1/60? Pretty impressive, wouldn't you think?.

EDIT: I just realized that you mention.

"However for grab-shots, or particularly if you're working under pressure, image stabilisation is invaluable so get it if you can afford it.".

So, we are agreeing after all .

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The cropping ratio is technically irrelvant, however assuming prints are to be made then the magnification from the tiny sensor size to print size is obviously greater and therefore any "errors" will also become magnified.John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr/digital_dartmoor..

Comment #3

Thanks for the help, I am in a situation where I can spend an extra $100, sounds like if I am trying to catch my kids in action playing sports, this would be pretty helpful, but if I had a tripod I would be okay...

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In Romania the price difference between these two lens is insignifiant (about 5% of the price). I would take the VR version even the price difference would be bigger.Remember that VR is just for the camera movements not the subject's movement.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

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Coolness wrote:.

Thanks for the help, I am in a situation where I can spend an extra$100, sounds like if I am trying to catch my kids in action playingsports, this would be pretty helpful, but if I had a tripod I wouldbe okay..

The VR doesnt avoid motion blur of your kids. When taking pics of moving people, animals etc. you need fast shutter speeds, e.g. 1/400 or less. VR is helpful when shooting subjects at slow shutter speeds. I found it very helpful and dont want to miss it..

You made a picture...fine!..

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Coolness wrote:.

I am considering buying a Nikon D60 w/kit 18-55VR, and 55-200mm DX(non VR) lens. Is it worth paying extra for the VR? This will be by2nd SLR, the previous being a Minolta DiMage 5, so quite different..

I am addicted to all forms of image stabilization. It is a must, just like how autofocus is standard (speed and accuracy is another thing). I don't think I'd buy a lens (especially telephoto) without it. The camera shake benefit allows you to use smaller apertures and not worry about the loss of light (moving subjects is another thing though). In my opinion, IS is a reverse fast lens...

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Thanks for all the good advice everyone. Sounds like for the $ IS is a no brainer...

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