Nikkor Super Telephoto sharpness

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MBolte New Member • Posts: 10
Nikkor Super Telephoto sharpness
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I have the Nikkor 500mm FL, 600mm FL and 500mm PF. I love them all, but feel like the 500mm FL is consistently the most razor sharp (shooting with a D850 or Z7).

Have a Z9 and the 400 f2.8 S on order and some day they will show up on the door step.

I am wondering how the new 400mm S is going to shape up in terms of sharpness with the 500mm FL and 600mm FL. The MTF charts suggest that the new 400mm may not quite be up to the 500mm FL standard, particularly for sharpness.

The MTF plots are from Nikon, top to bottom: 600mm FL, 500mm FL, 400mm S with and without the 1.4x builtin teleconverter. Does anyone with more experience than me at converting MTF charts to real-world performance have any thoughts?

Nikon D850 Nikon Z9
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