Interesting article on DxO about 5D III and D800 resolving power

Started Apr 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Hans Kruse Veteran Member • Posts: 3,432
Re: Interesting article on DxO about 5D III and D800 resolving power

SubPrime wrote:


I think we are nearing the limits of resolution from Canon and Nikon 35mm lenses.

I remember reading about how you needed the best Nikon primes to get the full use of the D800E. Years ago (when the 1DsII came out) I read that 20MP was the max most lenses could resolve (wide open).  I a seeing that on all but the best of lenses. My old 24-70 2.8 looked GREAT on my 1DII and 1DIII, before I sold it, it looked horrible at 22mp on my 5DIII.

I think it remains to be seen what Zeiss can do with these new ultra expensive primes.  The 55mm is said to rival the Leica lenses (both in IQ and price) so it's possible we might be on th verge of a  revolution in very highly spec'd lenses that push the envelope and empty out wallets.  The 24-70ISII and the 17TSE are clearly a sign of what is to come.  It's going to be interesting to see how these new offerings deal with the 40mpx + demands.

Even these lense are not the highest resolving lenses. The Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is resolving more detail than the 24-70 f/2.8L II according to tests. Maybe not quite so obvious in pictures.

The other thing to consider is whether the 35mm DSLR format remains viable for long enough to allow or whether mirrorless supersedes it.

I think 35mm DSLR's will be aorund for a long time, but their marketshare fall fall since not all need the DSLR functionality and quality.

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