200-400 VR does not equal prime lens sharpness?

Started Nov 2, 2006 | Discussions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: Nikon partly agree

Nikon have full aperture MTF at http://www.nikonimaging.com

These show the 200-400 at f4 matches the 600 f4 but at 200mm the score is clearly lower towards the corners. The 300 f2.8 is Nikon (and Canon's) best lens and scores a little higher at 300mm f2.8 than the 200-400 at 400mm f4.

I do not think there is any doubt at 400mm the 200-400 is optically the best zoom in production, but it is still not up to a 300mm f2.8 at f2.8.
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