Comparing my D7200 with my D610

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bflood Senior Member • Posts: 2,107
Re: Comparing my D7200 with my D610

bjn70 wrote:

You liked the 24-85, and I've read good things about it from other people, but apparently there is a lot of sample variation.

This overlooks another issue - photographer variation. Comparing sharpness of images taken by different photographers using different cameras and lenses has three sources of differences in performance - the camera body, the lens, and the skill of the photographer.

It's easy to blame performance variations on the hardware maker, but the photographer has always been maybe the most significant factor in the resulting images. And what a specific photographer can achieve can easily change over time. I can't hand-hold a camera very well any more - arthritis has changed everything for me, and I use a monopod or tripod for almost 100% of my shooting, regardless of what lens I'm using. I have become the weakest link (I like to think I haven't always been the weakest link).

Example images that are sharp at the center and soften toward the edges show a lens effect - if the softness was the photographer's technique, the center wouldn't be sharp. Variation in shooting technique becomes more apparent with longer focal length lenses. The reader of reviews of such lenses has no way to tell if disappointing image results are due to the lens or the user.

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Nikon D7000 Nikon D610 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Nikon AF Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR +3 more
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