Friday, August 11, 2006

Lens comparsion: Nikkor 18-55, 18-70, 70-300, 50mm.

(1) Nikkor 50mm F1.8, at F14.

(2) Nikkor 70-300mm, F4-5.6G, at 200mm F22.

(3) Nikkor 18-70 F3.5-4.5G DX, at 70mm F20.

(4) Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G DX, at 55mm F20.

I conducted this test because I wanted to find out which lens will give me 'stars' when taking night time shots. As it turned out, both of my DX lens (i.e. 18-55 and 18-70) couldn't do it.
From the four images above, Nikkor 50mm and 70-300 gave better 'star' performance. Whereas both Nikkor 18-55 and 18-70 performed poorly.

Nikkor 50mm F1.8 produced the kind of 'star' that I wanted exactly.

Manfred Lai