A Frog (and a Note about Vibration Reduction)
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Vibration Reduction and the other in-camera and lens mechanisms to ensure stability are always advertised as allowing you to shoot at a lower shutter speed. Many of my lenses do not have any of this technology, so when I use a lens that does, I can tell the difference. The main difference is the movement in camera until the stabilization settles. I am not certain but it must affect the composition slightly. I am less concerned about shooting at a lower shutter speed than I am in getting a higher shutter speed at a lower ISO. Vibration Reduction to some degree gives me this but it can also be counter-productive shooting small things, especially close up. This technology does not work on tripods. In general and off tripod I leave it on hoping it will get me better shots. But I am not taking advantage of the lower shutter speed. I continue to shoot as I always have, picking and choosing my settings according to my needs. Vibration Reduction is an insurance policy. I said this in a camera store and I got a lot of glares from the sales people. It is like a lot of selling points, it works under the right conditions, but don’t tell me it works all the time or that it is perfect.