Much has been said about how demanding the D800 is towards lenses. Only the best ones will do, etc. etc. – that contradicts with my goals of staying light (which means slow lenses) and flexible (which means zoom lenses) when hiking. Trust me, a camera, three lenses (16-35/24-120/70-300), a tripod and accessories can become somewhat heavy when you’re on a 24km (15 mile) day hike… 😛
One of my favorite lenses is Nikon’s 70-300VR. Most recently I took the time to make some simple real-world tests with a subject rich in detail: this friendly Coast Live Oak at San Diego’s Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve (my new favorite roaming ground for walks with the dog when I don’t know what else to do:-).
Without further ado, lets jump right in and have a look at the images. You can click on any of these images to open them larger; if you have a very small screen (13″ or so) and you don’t see the 100% resolution of the crops, you can find the link to the original file in the bottom right corner, and open them without the slideshow viewer that way.
All in all, that looks rather usable to me. Please remember: those are tiny 768×512 100% pixel crops out of an image that has 7360×4912 pixels. Getting that close to an image would be unreasonable, because you can’t see the actual picture anymore.
And needless to say, the greatest fun about images made with sub-par lenses on the D800 is to simply downsize them to their 12 megapixel equivalent. 😉