Comparison of sharpness and contrast of 4 lenses

While waiting for Nikon’s response to my weird D7000 image quality issue with fast AFS lenses, I keep on translating some older comparisons between new lenses and old lenses. At least, they were new, when I originally did the comparison last late summer 2010.

Nikon presented last september its brand new and highly anticipated FX super zoom  – the AFS 28-300mm VR – which triggered in many discussion forums hot debates about the merits and drawbacks of a 11-fold zoom. Most discussions were based on hearsay and speculation or, on viewing some small images on the web and deduct their qualities from there. Plus the imho grossly overlooked AFS 55-300mm DX VR came along as well

It was time to put more meat into the debate …..

Here we go. We have 4 lenses waiting on the starting line, 2 are new, 2 are well known:

  • AFS 28-300mm VR – In Nikon’s marketing terms: AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • AFS 18-200m VR I –  (AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6G IF-ED VR)
  • AFS 55-300mm VR – (AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR)
  • AFS 70-300mm VR – (AF-S NIKKOR 70-300 mm 1:4,5-5,6G VR)
    Please read here the article and get the NEF files