Nikon D40 55-299 VR lens vs non VR
I found a great deal at Ritz Camera but it includes the 55-200 non-VR lens. The price for the camera and the two lens, plus camera case and a couple other things is $549. To get the "VR" lens with the camera it's $799, more than I want to go. Is the non-VR lens good enough? What's the difference?..

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I just picked up the d40 kit (non VR 18-55 lens) + 55-200VR lens for $620. I got it at the shutterbug. I've heard often that you don't really need VR for the shorter focal length lenses. I've been playing with the kit lens and haven't had any problems with shake/vibration...

Comment #1

I owned the 55-200 non vr with my d40, and to be honest, in good light it produces great photo's, once light starts diminishing though, thats where vr would be great to have...if you will use this for daytime shots, it's great! in low light or night time photos, either a tripod or dont use it at all..


Comment #2

I'll just add that as a newbie, I slapped on the 55-200vr, and when zoomed at 200mm - I was shocked at how unsteady I was able to hold the frame still..

I'm not a natural, but my work has required me to develop relatively steady hands, so if it's true for me, it's probably true for others too...

Comment #3

You get what you pay for. The deal is a good one. If that's what you can afford now, go for it and save up for a VR lens later and put the other one on ebay. We always used to manage without VR....

Best wishesMike..

Comment #4

The basic guideline for avoiding camera shake in a non stabilised system is to try to keep the shutter speed to 1/f (where f is the focal length in 35mm equivalency) or greater. So at 300mm you should look at using 1/300s or faster. This obviously becomes a problem for telephoto lenses in less than good light which is where stabilisation comes in. A stabilised system will allow you to shoot at speeds lower than that shown by the guideline, though how much depends on a number of factors..

There is an advantage to using stabilisation with standard and wide angle lenses as it allows you to shoot in very low light without pushing the iso level too far..

Have you considered a camera with in body stabilisation where the hassle with stabilised and non stabilised lenses simply doesn't exist? Look at the Sony A200, Olympus E510 or Pentax K200D..


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Comment #5

The VR helps a lot. Combined with steady hands and a self-timer (if the scene allows a 2 sec delay), you can get perfectly crisp shots @ 1/5, 55mm. I've even had 1 sec shots @ 55mm which were fine .

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