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LENS: D800 + AF-S 24/1.4G

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The Nikon AF-S 24mm ƒ/1.4G is a very high performance lens. On a relative basis, it delivers a high quality level at all apertures (on a relative basis), and when stopped down to ƒ/5.6 delivers an outstanding image, albeit with some weakness in the mid zones, and moderate lateral chromatic aberration.

As can be expected with a high performance lens on the D800, a subtle loss of contrast from diffraction begins to show at ƒ/8. Stopping down to ƒ/11, the results remain very good but with some lost of micro contrast. (one must weigh depth of field against peak micro contrast). Aperture ƒ/16 suffers badly, and cannot be recommended for general use.

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