nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 vs. nikkor 85mm 1.8g sharpness at 85mm

Started Feb 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
D Knisely Senior Member • Posts: 2,053
Re: nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 vs. nikkor 85mm 1.8g sharpness at 85mm

Bhimaprasad Maiti wrote:

Iam interested to know how Nikor-28-300 F-3.5-5.6 delivers at 300mm on D-3/overall in any focal length.

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There is clearly a lot of sample variation with the 28-300VR.  That's one reason that you will find a lot of conflicting reviews and samples.

If you get a good one (I got one on my second attempt; the first copy was truly awful), it can be pixel sharp on a 12 MPixel sensor (D3/D700), even at 300mm and f/5.6.  Mine is sharp to about 18 Mpixels, so it is not pixel sharp on a D600 (24 MPixels).  My best example of the D700 (same sensor as D3) + 28-300VR at 300mm, f/5.6 is:

Here are a lot of samples for evaluation of the 28-300VR on a D600 (some processed, so don't judge those; others are marked as SooC test shots):

Here is a test chart at 300mm f/5.6 on D700 (same as D3):

Here are many more realworld and test shots of the 28-300VR + D700 combination:


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