LensRentals reviews Nikon's 24-70 VR

Started Oct 30, 2015 | Discussions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: LensRentals reviews Nikon's 24-70 VR- summary

Roger makes the point this is an optical test and NOTa review

Roger makes comment on those who do not appreciate the difference - and perhaps challenges their intelligence level

I have the VR version, primarily because I do a lot of low light hand held shooting with it.

A sharpness benefit from using VR where appropriate can significantly outweigh a possible otherwise lower resolution due to camera shake

Is the new lens less sharp, particularly in the centre?

Canon say above 10 lpm results are a good indicator of sharpness and also that over .8 MTF is excellent performance.

At 70mm the VR is definitely sharper centre and edge at 10 lpm, .92 to .86 centre and .90 to .80 at the FX corner.

At 50 mm centre .9 to .97 puts the new old lens in pole position but with edge reversed significantly .93 to .77.

At 24mm Centre is within a whisker of equal at .96 to .97 and the new lens is in front at .89 to .84 at the edge.

If Canon are right to say that .8 is an excellent performance the VR scores high at .90 or higher centre and .89 or higher at the edge. This seems as good as it currently gets with mid-range f2.8 zooms.

It is interesting to note Nikons published MTF are close except for the old lens 24mm corner result where Nikon show a much lower result than in this optical test..

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