lens tests


A week or so ago I was down by some railway tracks where I like to go to take photos and I was testing the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 against the 18-200 f/3.5-5.6

In most instances the 70-200 won, but sometimes with only a pixel peeping margin, and in this shot the 18-200 actually gave the winning shot (shown here). I kept the 70-200 lens though not because it has the edge but because the creative option of f/2.8 at 200mm (as opposed to f5.6) makes the lens worthwhile.

The real moral of these tests though was not that the 3x more expensive and 3x heavier professional 70-200 has the edge on the cheaper amateur compact do-it-all 18-200 (an entirely predictable outcome), but how hard the cheaper amateur compact do-it-all 18-200 lens actually is to beat!

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