Looking for a good walk about lens for D800

Started Dec 7, 2012 | Questions thread
OldDigiman Senior Member • Posts: 1,960
Re: Looking for a good walk about lens for D800

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.

I'm not sure what you are saying here.  My testing on the D800E shows that the 35mm f2 AIs outresolves the 24-85 VR in the center of the frame and smokes it in the corners with both lenses at f5.6.  So, no, the 24-85 is not up to the resolution of the D800E, because the D800E is capable of resolving more with better optics on it.   Whether or not the 24-85 is good enough for one's purposese is an entirely different question (I would say that generally it will be).

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