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Nikon Support Article: "Why is 'in-lens' VR superior to 'in-camera' VR?"

Diagram of lens shift correction VR systems

Lens Shift Correction (from Nikon article mentioned in this post)

Let's face it, the draw for many photographers to camera systems made by manufacturer's like Sony and Pentax is the in-camera anti-shake technology. Take any lens, including older lenses being used with adapters, and you have VR. Nikon obviously recognizes this draw because they recently found it necessary to point out the benefits of an in-lens vibration reduction system over an in-camera system. See the support article here:

Why is 'in-lens' VR superior to 'in-camera' VR?

Nikon highlights four points in this article, which we will include here for quick reading:

1. Corrected finder image makes photo composition easy.
2. Each lens is optimally tuned to achieve reliable correction.
3. Image information captured by the AF and metering sensors is corrected with in-lens VR.
4. Patterns of image blur are not the same with all lenses.

We think point number 2 is probably the most important for arguing the in-lens anti-shake system over an in-camera system. It has now been widely accepted that in-lens anti-shake systems are more effective at reducing blur than in-camera systems, for the exact reason that point number 2 mentions.

One thing that Nikon does not mention, and it is no surprise that they don't, is what benefit is the in-lens system if the lens does not have VR? Does Nikon manufacture a 50mm f/1.4 with vibration reduction? The answer is no. But mount a 50mm f/1.4 to a camera with an in-camera shake reduction system and you will see at least some benefit.

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