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Nikon 16-35/4 VR and 17-35/2.8 (not to scale)  
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G

Examples in Yosemite and White Mountains

These images are shot at various distances and apertures.

Processing

Nikon Capture NX 2.2.6 beta at Standard. All noise reduction off, all lens corrections OFF. Post processing in Photoshop typically Smart Sharpen {100, 0.2, 0} and sometimes a small amount of saturation.

Detail visible in these images could be improved by deconvolution sharpening, the how-to being described in Making Sharp Images. I have chosen to process in NX2 for reasons of color rendition, but the finest detail is not made evident by the crude sharpening algorithms in NX2.

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Nikon D3x + 85/1.4G @ f/5.6, 1/125 sec handheld, ISO 200

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