17-55 on D300 vs 24-70 on D700

Started Jul 30, 2008 | Discussions thread
Pierre-Arnaud Bonraisin Forum Member • Posts: 65
Re: 17-55 on D300 vs 24-70 on D700

Close-ups with short DOF and bokeh comparisons are more prone to error and subjectivism in test procedure and interpretation. The architecture shots are less "readable" for me. So as a landscape photographer, the bridge shots are the most interesting...

And if a blind test would not be adequate, I can still see IQ difference here...

100% detail, border crop. Both at f/8 and 200 ISO. From here, the difference only grows with higher ISO settings... Like below at 1600 ISO...

The 17-55mm is a good lens, and we can see it here. Still, the 24-70 is a better one... Add to this the D700 high sensitivity capabilities... And this test would confirm what is generally admitted, on a wide to mid-range focal zoom, the D300 and 17-55 are both good elements, but put together, their ensemble is inferior to D700/24-70.

With another range, say 70-200mm, the conclusion could differ.

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