Are Zeiss lenses that much better than Nikon on D800?

Started May 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
Tenken777
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Re: Are Zeiss lenses that much better than Nikon on D800?
In reply to ocean7, May 15, 2012

The report indicates that the ZF21 has noticeably greater barrel distortion and vignetting. Also their MTF chart (on photozone) indicates that both lens resolution is very similar, right down to the edges (when the 14-24mm is at 21mm). The 14-24mm has a bit more CA though.

ocean7 wrote:

On the D700, there was not much difference between the ZF 21/2.8 and the 14-24, but on the D800, the ZF 21 pulls away significantly. Sharper, especially in the corners, and it looks much better. And quite similar thing between the ZF 35/2 and the 35/1.4G. The Zeiss is better.

At 25mm, it was the reverse, though. I like the 24/1.4G much better there. At 60mm I only have the Nikon, and at 100mm only the Zeiss, so I can't offer any opinion at those lengths.

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