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V1 with 28-300, 55-300 and 30-110 ...best IQ?


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walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Thu 21-Feb-13 02:55 PM | edited Thu 21-Feb-13 02:59 PM by walk43

I have been evaluating which of the 3 subject lenses to use as a default field lens (best overall IQ )for my V1.

It seems that the focus breathing on the 28-300VR requires cropping on the V1 10mp sensor to get an equivalent FOV as the 55-300 at say 20ft. This makes sense to me as Thom H stated that, from his reviews of the 2 lenses, the 55-300mm has virtually no focus breathing, and the 28-300 is very short of 300mm at shorter FLs...therefore the 55-300 is 300mm at 20 ft and the 28-300 is not.

Obviously, the 30-110 is a wider FOV at 110mm vs 810mm for the 300mm lenses. Therefore, I cropped the images of the 30-110 and 28-300 lenses on the 10MP sensor to the equiv of the 55-300 (true 300mm). The 30-110 had much more noise than the other 2 at equiv settings.

The resulting IQ,(considering sharpness and noise) with no PP, in order of IQ results are:

1st. 55-300VR (best IQ and lighter weight)
2nd. 28-300VR
3rd. 30-110VR

The 55-300VR will be my general purpose walk around field lens for birds, dragonflies etc. With my D800 for best IQ at short distances.

Opinions welcome!!!!

(Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40)
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