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Nikon D800 Lens Evaluations— Limitations of a Planar Target

The survey of lenses in my review of the Nikon D800 utilizes a real-world, but planar target, which is also a proxy for landscape photography or similar in which subject matter is all at a similar distance (~infinity).

I urge readers of my lens survey evaluations in the D800 review to carefully read my lens evaluation notes *first*.

Evaluating a lens on a planar target (only) carries limitations of its own, which is why my in-depth lens reviews always use numerous field shots with a variety of subjects, especially near/far “3D” subjects.

There are many good lenses which might not perform so well on a planar target due to field curvature (though my personal criterion is that by f/5.6 such issues should resolve).

For that matter, focus shift is an issue with some lenses too, and there a planar target becomes even more problematic. Focus shift and field curvature are covered in depth in Making Sharp Images.

See my list of Nikon gear with in-stock status at B&H Photo.

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