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Towards the end of last year, Zeiss relaunched what the company now calls the Classic range of DSLR lenses for Canon and Nikon as the new Milvus line, in some cases completely redesigning the models and in other cases just changing the shell. This lens is a re-shelled version of the Makro Planar T* 2/100, however Zeiss claim that, with a new and enhanced T* coating, the lens has improved imaging characteristics.
With its natural perspective and selective focus at maximum aperture, the 85mm f/1.4 is the perhaps the most coveted of short telephoto lenses for portraiture both indoors and out. This new manual-focus lens from high-end maker Zeiss replaces the earlier 85mm model from the maker’s Classic line, and features a new optical design and an exterior resembling that of the no-compromise Otus models.
Pentax’s first foray into the world of full-frame DSLRs arrives in the shape of the 36Mp Pentax K-1. Costing just $1800 and boasting a high-resolution sensor, built-in sensor shift stabilization, and a weather-sealed body, it’s a lot of camera for your money. Let’s see how its sensor scores stack up in our industry-standard bench tests.
Canon’s iconic EOS 5D series of full-frame DSLRs have had wide appeal with both pro and enthusiast photographers, blending great image quality and good features in a more affordable mid-range body design. Boasting a significant number of upgrades over its predecessor, including increased resolution, an updated autofocus system, Dual Pixel RAW capture, improved metering and 4K-video capture, the latest Mark IV looks like a mouth-watering prospect for the still photographer.
One of three new lenses announced as part of Sony’s new no-compromise G Master series for full-frame a models, the new FE 85mm f1.4 GM sounds highly promising. Though it carries a hefty price premium — the new model will set you back close to $1,800 — it features cutting-edge optical technology.
Towards the end of last year, Zeiss announced that the existing line of Classic Nikon ZF.2 and Canon ZE SLR lenses would be redesigned and re-branded according to the company’s penchant for bird genera. The Milvus lens range consists of several models, with the reviewed 2/50M model an update of the highly-respected 50mm f2 Makro-Planar T*.
Zeiss has replaced its so-called “Classic” range of Nikon ZF.2 and Canon ZE SLR lenses with redesigned models reminiscent of the company’s high-end Otus range. Adopting the scientific name for a genus of birds of prey, the rebranded Milvus lens range consists of several models, with this particular 1.4/50 model featuring an all-new optical design as a replacement for the Planar T* 1,4/50.
As the eagerly-awaited successor to the 16-Mpix D4s, the new Nikon D5 boasts an all-new 20.8-Mpix full-frame CMOS sensor with ISO up to 3.28M (yes, million), 12 fps continuous shooting, a new 153-point AF system, and 4K (UHD) video capabilities. Read on to find out how well the Nikon D5 performs.
Rather than follow established trends for high-grade, high-speed lenses that are inevitably large, heavy, and cumbersome, the manual-focus Loxia series from Zeiss, like the AF Batis range, feature the same high-grade optics, but with more modest maximum apertures in a form factor based on the premise of the tiny size of the Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras themselves. Announced in October, 2015, the $1499 Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8 is a super-wide-angle prime with a new Distagon design that’s been optimized for the demands of digital capture.
Announced in January 2014, the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM is a high-speed premium AF lens with an image circle designed to cover full-frame sensors. When fitted to an APS-C camera, however, the angle of view is equivalent to a 75mm short telephoto.
Hi Guys, I have just purchased the Nikon 24-70 AF-S 2.8 G lens. Am I correct to assume that this will work properly on both the D750 and D810? I also have an older 80-200 2.8 AF-D which, when coupled with my D700 is sharp to the T. I recently tried it on a DX cam (D3300) and much to my surprise would not perform auto focus. I am about to purchase the D810 or D750 and before doing so, wanted to get your experience about this lens/ camera compatibility. Thanks in advance.
Through a weird happenstance, I ended up getting both a D800 and D2Xs at the same time when I upgraded from my battle hardened F100. I had a bunch of older lenses and one new 70-200VRII when I dove into digital. Surprisingly the best results and the most versatile lens I have is my 70-200 with a Polarizer and my old 28-105 macro + polarizer on my D800. For flower and nature photography, it can't be beat. The 28-105mm came kitted with my F100 about 16 years ago, but for some reason the D800 and 28-105 combo just gives amazingly aesthetic results in macro mode. I've won a few photography awards using that combination.
Why? It could be the fact this low (grainy) resolution lens matches up perfectly with the 36 Mpix D800 (35mm film equivalent of the film era) high resolution camera. Done right it produces some of the most pleasing pictures I've taken, and maybe just delivers the best of both worlds. I learned a lesson that not always the highest resolution lens wins out. Aesthetic matters. So my kit is often my 70-200VRII and my 28-105 macro, polarizer and graduated filter with my D800.
Although you own a good camera, you can't compaire the results. Used in good light, it will be difficult to see much difference in the resulting pictures. But as soon as the light becomes less or when you start zooming in to details on the pictures, you see differences. If the difference you see, is worth a 10 times more expensive camera? And a very expensive lens? To check the differences, you can compaire your camera with the D810 on this site. And in teh copairison, don't forget to add the price. Enjoy making pictures.
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Nikon/D810">this page on the website</a></div>I have a Nikon D3200 with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm.. I would like to know if it will be compatible with the Nikon D810.. ?
They are SOMEWHAT compatible: you will be able to use them but it will result in worse image than one which you get with D3200: 1) because they are not covering 35mm frame 2) because D810 has smaller DX-crop resolution than D3200.
Of course you may use it with D810 until you get better objectives but you won't be benefitting from D810 until that.
Hello. With the new D810 how quiet is it compared to the D800/e ? I have a D800e and a D7100.. I am considering trading in the D7100 since I tend to use my D800e more. Both cameras i have on quiet mode aren't that quiet. Maybe the shutter has been improved on the D810 ? I heard a Canon EOS 5d -iii and that was very quiet.
I have two of the lenses; the 28-70 AF-s 2.8, and the AF-S 70-200 2.8 VR (1); and the D810. Both lenses are a testament to the adage, Cameras come and go but good lenses are pretty ageless. The AFS 70-200 2.8 VR (1) has only one problem: it vignettes on a full frame DSLR, at wide open apertures. However by f4 it is drastically less pronounced. The center is very sharp. With the D810 it focus very fast. Color and detail are beautiful. The AFS 28-70 2.8 had been my "goto" lens for more than a decade. I just recently semi retired it in favor of the lighter 24-120 f4 vr. I say semi retired, because it is a heavy lens, but it is still too good to discard in favor of the 24-120, so I use it when I trust no other lens to do the job. I don't think you'll be disappointed with its performance on the D810.
Having owned the D5200 and D7100, I always felt something lacking. While I still love my D7100, I always read that "Full Frame" is better or ""Full frame isn't that much better".
I needed to find out for myself because I didn't want to be bothered with the back and forth debate. I purchased my D810 about 3 months ago and I don't want to shoot with my D7100 any longer. Having purchased FX lens for my DX cameras, I instantly had the lens full focal length. I gained extra sharpness and depth of field to my images. The amount of customization and options for the D810 just made it clear to me that the DX vs FX debate is stupid. FX is the way to go, for me at least. I avoid other websites reviews and I only view DXO Marks as the #1 trusted source, again for me at least as it has never steered me wrong.
I just wish Sigma would send DXO Mark the 50mm 1.4 art lens to see what scores it achieves on the D810. Great work team, love the site and the numbers provided in your test.
Hello, could someone please help me understand what's going on with the Nikon 50mm lenses scores on the D810? What I mean by that is, I've spent a bit of time comparing the 1.8G, 1.8D, 1.4G and 1.4D and for the life of me I cannot understand why the 1.4D is at the top of the list between all these. Seems to me that between f/4 and f/11, the 1.8D is actually more uniformly sharp than the 1.8G and just about as sharp at that aperture as the 1.4G and in any case it has the least linear distortion out of all of Nikon's 50mm lenses and is rated at 23P-Mpix overall, higher than the rest. How can this be so and why would they not even put the 1.8D on the list? Also, when comparing the sharpness measurements (field maps) between the 1.4G and 1.4D, it seems to me that the 1.4G is actually better than the 1.4D in overall sharpness yet somehow the D got a higher sharpness score and is considered the top Nikon 50mm for the D810? Either I must be missing something obvious here, (entirely possible) or I'm just totally confused (definitely so). Would someone care to explain?
First, my D800E is back resting in the box after using my new D810 in Jackson Hole for 5 days! I rarely take the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 off any more... I did strain and used Nikon DC135 F2 a few times. Manual with the 810 is much easier than with the 800E. Other glass in my bag: Nikon 85 F1.4G, 24-70, 70-200 VRII. I have decided that the Otus line is so much better to me, that I will purchase each as the come out. Also, going to loose my DC135 for a Zeiss 135, my mistake to start with! Please keep up the great work DXO!!!