This comparison was shot using the Nikon D800. It represents the best results for both lenses that I was able to obtain. VR off, tripod based, etc; the series represents “best possible” in field use.
This comparison is not lightly presented; due to cross checking various lens behaviors it was an involved and tedious affair, shooting this scene a total of about ten (10) times on two days using both contrast detect autofocus and manual Live View magnified focus (with loupe), as well as shooting both the D800 and D800E with both lenses, to rule out any camera issues. As well as cross checking with three other lenses to rule out camera issues.
This comparison is the best pairing of that work, which does not rule out results that could vary with other lens samples. The general behaviors of both lenses while allowing for some sample variation should be of great interest to anyone considering which speed lens to use.
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