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Nikkor Lens Test by D300            Back to Notes on Photography
by Makoto Honda     February 16, 2008   
Resolution & Contrast   
---- Using Nikon D300 ----       

Telephoto Lens Comparison

Zoom Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 used at the 200mm shows good center resolution from f/5.6 and does not improve too much as you close down. The edges improves at f/11. So the best performance is around f/11 & f/16, and deteriorates after f/22. Ai Nikkor 180mm ED F2.8 clearly improves at f/5.6 and perform best at f/8. It gets softer a bit at f/11. After f16, the picture visibly deteriorates. At their best apertures, 180mm performs significantly better than 18-200mm zoom at 200mm. Nikkor 180mm performs very well with TC14 converter. The best range shifts down one step to f/4 to f/8 with f/5.6 being the best.

AF DX Zoom Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 @ 200mm                  5.6    8   11   16    22    32   36
Ai Nikkor 180mm ED F2.8 2.8    4    5.6   8   11    16     22    32
Ai Nikkor 180mm ED F2.8 + Nikon TC14 converter 2.8    4    5.6   8   11    16     22    32

KEYS - Green: OK to use   Grey: So-so   Red: Do not use   Green: Soft


       

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