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Why VR/OS/IS Matters

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I really do need to write more about my camera and what it does… so here is the first post in what I hope will be many on using my camera.

Firstly yes I have a Nikon D90 and I love it. But the title you will see covers all the other lens’ and cameras as well. In the nikon world it is called VR, Canon IS and Sigma OS, call it what you will but it is a modern day miracle as far as I am concerned.

Look that specs of this shot… (this is the jpg version of the shot taken straight from the camera) Taken in the Auto No Flash Mode on the dial.

Exposure: 0.2 sec (1/5)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 24.5 mm
ISO Speed: 1600

Now the most impressive thing about this is that it was HAND HELD. Yes I could hand hold a shot at 1/5th. I was very lucky that the people I was photographing stood very still as it this length of shot any movement tends to blur people.

Imagine taking shots like this without a flash capturing the colourings and lighting of the environment without distracting the subject with bounce flashes or red eye reduction. The other setting I had changed was to turn off the focus assist light as well.

So if you are thinking do I really want to spend the extra money on VR/OS/IS, the answer is in this shot. Yes.