After another week in a dark and secluded place
As the reporter descended the dimly illuminated staircase a cold shiver ran down his spine: What if Dr. Frankenthom was not amused to see him intrude on private property? Deep in thought he did not notice the slippery slime on the last flight of the steep stairs to the secret lab..
He lost his grip of the rusty rail as he tumbled the last meters down the stair and went CLONG
against the heavy stainless steel door, the entry to the testing facility deeply hidden in the bavarian forest.
As the last echoes of his contact with the massive door died ringing in his ears, with a SWISH
and a WOOOSH
some unseen mechanism awakened and finally made the door move. Bright light pierced his eyes as he shielded them against the looming figure stooping strangely over him.
"Welcome, I might say. Welcome!" The strange croaking voice made his skin crawl as he struggled to get to his feet. There he was: Dr. Frankenthom, the crazy scientist, who was at the edge of discovering the truth about what steadies the shaky waves of the ever-powerful photons.
"Er, em. You might as well come in! I have a surprise for you!" With these words Dr. F turned on his heels and limped away.
Like if a horrible spell has been cast upon him, he could not hesitate to follow Dr. F into his lab, shivering in anticipation of the news he might be the first to bring to the world. "What is it?" he gasped.
"Well I've turned my interest to the other VR-lens in my arsenal, the aptly named micro-Nikkor 105/2,8 VR. After only 160 test-shots the results seem to converge. So I'm able to give a peek preview of my findings. But please sign here on the dotted line of this non-disclosure agreement - if you want to live to learn...
I have finally discovered that some VRs seem to work better than other OSs and I'd like to share my preliminary findings. So, now here's the meat, lumping together all 4- and 5-star results, as they are only distinguishable by the trained connoisseur:
- @1/125sec 55% of shots w/o VR were 4+5 star quality whereas 95% were of that quality with VR=on
- @1/60sec 45% of shots w/o VR were 4+5 star quality whereas 80% were of that quality with VR=on
- @1/30sec 20% of shots w/o VR were 4+5 star quality whereas 90% were of that quality with VR=on
Talking in average quality, the shots with VR=on were all at 4.2-4.3 stars (remember 5 stars are only awarded to the highest possible quality) regardless of shutter-speed, whereas the shots w/o VR went from 3.6 stars (at 1/125 sec) via 3.0 stars at 1/60 sec down to 1.8 stars at 1/30 sec.
From this you can clearly see that the improvement from the VR-system is larger than 2 stops
as the average quality of shots with VR=on at 1/30sec is better than the average quality of shots with VR=off at 1/125sec."
Suddenly the sound of a large explosion reverberated through the lab and the reporter made a quick escape before he could post that burning question that he had come here with: "What confidence level are we talking about here?". We will never know...
----To be continued----