Looking for a good walk about lens for D800

Started Dec 7, 2012 | Questions thread
inasir1971
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Re: Looking for a good walk about lens for D800
In reply to Reilly Diefenbach, Dec 7, 2012

Reilly Diefenbach wrote:

inasir1971 wrote:

Has anyone compared the output using one of these lenses like the AF-S 24-85 to what something like the Sony RX100 or a micro four thirds (like the Olympus E PL-5 also around $650) with standard zoom or a prime is like?

You appear to be making the assumption that the lens isn't up to the resolution of the high MP cameras for which Nikon designed it. The 24-85VR outresolves the D800e through most of the frame, depending on FL and f stop, as always, which would make the center to mid a whole lot better than the RX100 or anything else Sony. As well,the edges are not always critical for a particular shot, being either out of focus or not important to the composition. For edge-critical work, primes are mostly the tool of choice.

The RX100 for example costs around the same as the 24-85 - might that be a better or just as good alternative to a D600/D800 with the 24-85? Are we trying too hard to use the big DSLR just for the sake of using it?

Nah. Everything is better on the big camera except portability.

Thanks.

The impression that I got from some reviews was that it couldn't resolve the D800. Some reviews have been favorable, while others have been much less so - sample variation?

I briefly had a 24-120 f/4 VR but that was hopeless anywhere outside the center. Now having seen some other images I am suspecting that I may have had a bad sample...

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