Are differences in lenses only seen at 100%?

Started Feb 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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gwlaw99 Senior Member • Posts: 1,113
Re: Are differences in lenses only seen at 100%?


OK, here's a comparison for you. Can YOU see a difference? It's not back-to-back changing of lenses on the same camera, but I think the situation is close enough to be useful. D80 with 18-200vr compared to D300 with 24-70 (and circular polarizer). If anything, the filter on the 24-70 cuts the sharpness a bit.

Similar aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Downsized for the web, so you're not looking a 100% pixel peeping. Both processed (by me) with the same software.

D80, 18-200vr

D300, 24-70 F2.8 with circular polarizer

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While I have no doubt the 24-70 is a much better lens, a very rough 5 second curves adjustment to the shot with the 18-200mm lens with an online photo editor made it look a lot better.

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