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Field Comparison: D600 vs D800E (Cabin Bathroom)

The results seen here are as precisely matched as I could possibly hope for in the field.

A complete aperture series from ƒ/2 through ƒ/16 was shot, but the optimal aperture of ƒ/5.6 is shown here for the purpose of comparing the two cameras.

See notes on the Saddlebag Overlook comparisons page for processing and comparison details.

Lens choice

The Zeiss 25mm f/2 Distagon has few peers for its high micro contrast and resolving power in the central 2/3 of the frame; outside that area field curvature is increasingly a factor (as with every wide angle lens). But within the central area, the 25/2 delivers as exceptional a micro contrast as one can possibly hope for from any lens.

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