I've had other VR lenses in the past and they have all worked well.
Look under the sample images below and check out the EXIF data. Yes, these are not "fast" aperture lenses, but my goodness the VC on this thing is miraculous!!
Gear loadout was the Nikon D700 and the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC, attached to a BlackRapid sling strap. No tripod, no leaning on a wall or pole for support. Straight hand held.