Is this the best I can expect from D800?

Started Apr 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
digital ed
digital ed Veteran Member • Posts: 3,529
Some in this thread are missing an important point

There is a technical and subjective difference between an image that is sharp and an image that is at the optimum sharpness for a lens/camera combination.

Take the new Zeiss Otus for example. Put it on your D800, hand hold, quick focus and take a picture. The odds are you will get a "sharp" image but most likely not near what could have been achieved with proper technique for that camera/lens combination.

Read some of the comments from Otus users. To get the optimum results with the D800 (which is the camera of choice for evaluating this lens) it takes bolting it down to a secure base, delaying the shutter actuation and experimenting with the focus setting. Of course, reasonably sharp images can be achieved by hand holding and using fast shutter speeds at the expense of shallow DOF. But it all comes down to what is the level of expectation for what is a "sharp" image and what is the optimum that can be achieved.

Certainly I do not have an Otus to experiment with. But I have experimented with some good Nikon lenses on my D800. It is clear from my comparative testing that the sharpest images at the pixel level come from tripod mount and delayed shutter activation.

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