I Have Two 16-35mm and No D800: What Should I Do?

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I Have Two 16-35mm and No D800: What Should I Do?
Mar 29, 2012

In anticipation of receiving a D800, or D800e (I'm hoping that there will be comparison reviews before either camera arrives), I attempted to purchase a 16-35mm f4 lens. In as much as I prefer primes at other focal lengths, this was the only significant hole in my kit.

Well, none of the usual suspects had the lens in stock, so I placed an order with J&R Photo. I few days later, B&H had import lenses in stock. I decided to go ahead and order one of those.

Well of course, after the import shipped, I got notice from J&R that my U.S. lens had shipped as well.

So, here is my dilemma: I know the problems with purchasing import Nikon lenses. Frankly, I'm okay with relying on B&H's one-year warranty. I haven't been real good about registering my other Nikon lenses anyway, so I doubt that I have 5-years coverage on any of my equipment anyway. My primary concern is with sample variation. I want the sharpest best-performing lens I can get (I can't afford the 14-24mm). I would be willing to keep the import if it performed better than the U.S. lens. However, I don't have a D800 or even a D700 to test them on. All I have is a D5100. Or, I could use a lens adapter and try testing the lenses using my 5DMII.

What do you think is the best way to test these lenses, or do you think that I should just return the import and call it a day?

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