D800E and 70-200: how much better is VRII over VRI?

Started Nov 11, 2012 | Questions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: Are you thinking good?

While there is a corner issue with the Mk 1 - it is mainly wide open at 70mm - and less than wide open at the wide and of the 14-24 or 24-70.

´╗┐Interestingly Nikon's MTF show the Mk 1 as better at 200mm than the Mk II

That aside if you want the highest possible resolution out of a D800e as a rule of thumb with an f2.8 lens shorter than 300mm you should stop down to at least f5.6 and lock the lens down on a good tripod.

Neither f2.8 lens has tripod mode VR - I understand the due soon f4 does

I think you will find hardly any difference between the Mk1 and Mk II at the best resolution apertures of f8-11.

The MTF for the f4 imply it might be better at f4 than either f2.8 version at f4 - lets wait for some trustworthy test reports in about 3 weeks time.

Best resolution with a D800e and any lens at any aperture hand held (even with VR) are not always possible. Viewing a D800e image at 100% on a monitor is comparable to viewing things through a low power microscope.

Shooting at optimum aperture, best control of camera shake etc become more important as MP increases - assuming you are going to print at least A2 print size. If you are not going to print big apart from pixel peeping for the sake of pixel peeping a D800e may not be the best choice of camera.

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