Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

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madhu0 Forum Member • Posts: 95
Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

Having came from Canon, I miss the 70-200 F4 zooms. I think the closer one is 70-300 VR (or the Tamron 70-300 VC USD). Anyone performed a test on D800?

-Madhu

Nikon D800
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idontlie New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

I have upgraded the camera body from D700 to D800 and I own the 70-300. On the D700, the lens was a descent performer.

On the D800 it is another story. The lens has acceptable center sharpness, but the borders are really weak. I've just bought the 70-200 2.8 VRII and made a comparison between the two. The 70-200 is MUCH better then the 70-300. Especially outside the center area.

The 36MP sensor requires the best glass. Unfortunately the best glass is always the expensive glass.

OP madhu0 Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

Thanks! I was afraid of the same thing (36 megapixel will easily shows the flaws)

I am planning to save for either 70-200 VR or stretch my current budget to get 80-200.

Rich Dykmans Senior Member • Posts: 2,543
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

My quick review about halfway down the page. I feel it's about 90-95% of my 70-200 VRII+1.4X from a strict IQ standpoint with a touch better color rendition on the 800. Very sharp for a $400 (used) lens and worth a try IMHO!

AF was fast enough on the D800 to catch some erratically flying birds. As usual 70-250 is better then from 250 up. Stopping down helps as well but you need a lot of light for this lens to be effective.

The 70-300 is a great solution when you don't want the bulk, I have no hesitation in pulling it out of the bag over the 70-200 or 200-400 when I need the portability.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1107289/1

lightmagic Senior Member • Posts: 1,410
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

Tamron seems to have a better one, the reviewers said so
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tomsilver New Member • Posts: 15
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

An image says more than 1000 words.

I made this test with my D800, tripod, mirror up, cord release. The question was: Is the 70-300 good enough for me as a landscape photographer? Or do I really need the bulky 70-200? I ordered a 70-200 and shot a simple test series.

The answer is a clear no. It is simply to weak in the corners. I will keep the new 70-200 and sell my old 70-300.

100% crops, direct from raw file, no processing, no sharpening. 70-300 left column, 70-200 right side.

OP madhu0 Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

lightmagic wrote:

Tamron seems to have a better one, the reviewers said so
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Any comparison reviews (especially on full frame cameras)?

-Madhu

mattr Veteran Member • Posts: 3,530
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

madhu0 wrote:

lightmagic wrote:

Tamron seems to have a better one, the reviewers said so

I'm very happy with the Tamron on a D800:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=41170766

Especially impressed by center sharpness/contrast (even at 300mm) and AF accuracy (slow AF, however).

studio311 Contributing Member • Posts: 553
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

The canon 70-200 f4's are great performers...significantly better than Nikon's 70-300 VR.

I'm a huge fan of the 70-300 VR as a value lens, but on my D800...I wouldn't use it for "critical" work. With good light, center performance is good...but those borders...ouch.

Tokina is coming out with a Nikon mount f4 70-200, but who knows when.

madhu0 wrote:

Having came from Canon, I miss the 70-200 F4 zooms. I think the closer one is 70-300 VR (or the Tamron 70-300 VC USD). Anyone performed a test on D800?

-Madhu

Leonard Shepherd
Leonard Shepherd Forum Pro • Posts: 15,515
Re: Do you need a "test"?

You can check out Nikon's full aperture MTF at http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/index.htm

While the 70-300 is a good one for the money the MTF confirms at 300mm it is not a top performer compared to the performance of the 300mm primes.

None of the 70-300's are as good as the Nikon or your old Canon primes - and Nikon's excellent 200-400 is expensive

While the 70-300 will give you more resolution on a D800 than say a D700 36 MP ideally needs a top flight lens.
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JacquesC Veteran Member • Posts: 3,390
Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

I'm afraid you are going to miss your Canon 70-200 F4 for a very long time!
I switched 3 years ago and STILL miss my 70-200 F4 IS.

Hopefully the rumours of a Nikon 70-200 F4 will come true soon and we can only hope it can match the Canon.

My advice is to buy the bulkier and more expensive Nikon 70-200 F2.8.
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kewlguy
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Re: Any Nikkor 70-300 VR Tests on D800

Well I use both Nikon and Canon. That said, you should have missed 70-300L

Nothing to match 135L, 70-200/4 IS and 70-300L yet in this camp.

Of course if you have a 14-24G, that alone is a good reason to own a Nikon!!!

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