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Overview

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:

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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