I previously reported on the Nikon 70-200VR on full-frame in Nikon 70-200VR Special Report, where it was determined that the 70-200VR performs poorly at the long end at infinity on full-frame.
This report covers possible alternatives at 180mm to the Nikon 70-200VR using the 24.4MP Nikon D3x. Other focal lengths are not explored here.
This is a “quick look” test at 180mm only using a resolution chart (a two-day raging storm and short-term loan demanded indoor shooting). Nevertheless, the results are so distinct that there can be little doubt about the relative performance of the lenses at 180mm.
The contenders are:
- Leica 180/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R (in Nikon mount) previously reviewed on Canon;
- Nikon 180/2.8 ED-IF;
- Nikon AF-S 70-200/2.8 VR;
- Nikon AF-S 70-300/4.5-5.6 VR;
- Tamron 70-200/2.8.
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