Top Nikon lens comparison (14-24, 24, 24-70 2.8, 50 1.4, 28-300, 70-300, 70-200,105))

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Top Nikon lens comparison (14-24, 24, 24-70 2.8, 50 1.4, 28-300, 70-300, 70-200,105))
Sep 18, 2012

Hi,

I have been doing quite a bit of testing and thought some people may find the results interesting...Please note that I am an advance hobbyist and my results may not be fully accurate. In addition, I have only tested for lens sharpness and nothing more.

1. The Body I used was Nikon D800E.
2. I used a carbon tripod, with 3s delay.

I ran two series of tests during day time....

3. at the widest aperture the lens allowed, and one
4. All that F8
5. None of the lenses were AF fine tuned.
6. I used the view finder to auto focus and not the liveview

7. Single point focused was used; although the comparison was the four corners as well as the middle focus point.

The Focal length I used were 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 105, 200 and 300

The lens I used were

1. Nikon 14-24mm 2.8
2. Nikon 24mm 1.4
3. Nikon 24-70mm 2.8
4. Nikon 50mm 1.4
5. Nikon 28-300
6. Nikon 70-200 VRII
7. Nikon 70-300 VR
8. Nikon 105mm VR

Please find my non scientific results below. I used a grade ranking scale of A+ A/A- B+ B/B- C+ C/C-.

Please note that some pictures had one corners sharper than the other; however, I averaged the results.

ALL AT F8:

@ 24mm
Nikon 24 1.4: A+
Nikon 14-24 2.8: A
Nikon 24-70: B+ A-

@ 28mm
Nikon 24-70: A
Nikon 28-300: C

@ 35mm
Nikon 24-70: A
Nikon 28-300: B-

@ 50mm
Nikon 50 1.4: A
Nikon 24-70: A-
Nikon 28-300:B+

@ 70mm
Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII: A+
Nikon 24-70: A
Nikon 28-300: A/A-
Nikon 70-300 VR: B/B+

@105mm
Nikon 105 2.8: A+
Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII: A+
Nikon 28-300: A
Nikon 70-300 VR: A-

@200mm
Nikon 70-200 VRII: A+
Nikon 28-300: A-
Nikon 70-300 VR: A-

@300mm (the 28-300 does not actually give you a full 300...is more like 270)
Nikon 28-300: B/B+
Nikon 70-300 VR: B/B+

Now I repeated these tests at the widest Aperture available....so in the case of the 2.8 lenses it would be 2.8....and the rest 4.5-5.6

@ 24mm
Nikon 24 1.4: A+ (2.8)
Nikon 14-24 2.8: A- (2.8)
Nikon 24-70: B (2.8)

@ 28mm
Nikon 24-70: B+ A-
Nikon 28-300: C-

@ 35mm
Nikon 24-70: B-
Nikon 28-300: C-

@ 50mm

Nikon 50 1.4 @ 2.8: B+
Nikon 50 1.4 @ 1.4: B-
Nikon 28-300 @ 4.5: C+
Nikon 24-70 @ 2.8: B

@ 70mm
Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII @ 2.8: A+
Nikon 24-70 @ 2.8: A
Nikon 28-300 @ 5: A-
Nikon 70-300 VR @ 4.5: A-

@105mm
Nikon 105 2.8 @ 2.8: A+
Nikon 28-300 @ 5.3: A-
Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII @ 2.8: A
Nikon 70-300 VR @ 4.5: B+

@200mm
Nikon 70-200 VRII @ 2.8: A+
Nikon 28-300 @ 5.6: A-
Nikon 70-300 VR @ 5.3: A-

@300mm (the 28-300 does not actually give you a full 300...is more like 270)
Nikon 28-300: B
Nikon 70-300 VR: B

So in conclusion....The 24 1.4, 105 2.8 VR and the 70-200 VRII are consistently producing the top results followed closely by the Nikon 14-24. The 24-70 did pretty well at 2.8 compared to the other ones; however, at F8 the difference was not as significant but still sharper.

The 28-300 as expected is an ok lens; however no match for the other lenses until you get to above 50-200ish range. It doesn't give a full 300 though.

The 70-300 I was surprised. I thought i had a sharp copy; however, in most cases the IQ was either the same or below the 28-300. So other than the fact that it gives me slightly more tele at 300, I am not sure what the benefit is...although again I haven't tested auto focus and it does tend to have slightly a wider aperture.

The 50mm 1.4 prime was decent but not a match for the 24mm or the 70-200 VRII or the 105 2.8 VR.

Lastly, I had already tested the 28-300 against the 18-200 VR on a D7000 DX body and the results were in favor of the 28-300. The only issue with this lens is that it is poor at 28mm especially wide open....it's only around 50mm that it turns around.

Hope this comparison was helpful.

Cheers!

Nikon D7000 Nikon D800E
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