Tuesday, February 21, 2006

At last someone has realised

That in-lens image stabilisation (or Vibration Reduction as Nikon calls it) is useful beyond digital compact cameras too small to hold or telephoto lenses too big to hold. Nikon are introducing a macro (or micro as Nikon calls it) lens for SLRs that has their VRII system to stop shakey-cam blurry pictures. The AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED also has ultra-sonic focusing (or Silent Wave Motor as Nikon calls it) so you don't scare off the bug you are photographing and internal focusing so you don't splat the bug when the front element flies out whilst hunting for focus. As I take a lot of close-up pictures hand held - well the camera still moves on the tripod in portrait orientation - whilst out treking this looks like a better option than the equivalent Sigma lenses. Oh well, something to add to my on-order list of Nikon kit.

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