My turn....I'm confused or surprised.
First, I'm the proud owner of a D800, not D800E, and I understand the difference. :-) So I am asking to understand, not because I necessarily think is applies to me.
Nikon just came out with a list of "sharp" lenses it suggests is 'good' for the D800E (according to Nikon Rumors), "lenses that offer excellent resolution" for the D800E."
The new 80-400 is not on the list. However, in this Forum everyone who has used the lens raves....
Is the list not complete, or is the 70-200 (on the list) really sharper than the 80-400?
I can only guess the list is still out of date
My thoughts are the same person at Nikon who decided to publish this was also involved in the D600 shutter/mirror lubrication specifications....
Just my opinion not that it matters.
As to the 24 mm f/3.5 PC... Mine is tack sharp
I was also surprised that the 24-85mm VR kept up with the 24-120mm f/4 VR on the DXOMark ratings. That said, I was fairly impressed with that lens on my D600 and I have barely gotten to shoot with the 24-120mm on my D800E.
I know that's an extremely speculative statement, but I'd put the 200 f/4 micro as equal, if not better than, the 105 f/2.8 any day.
I don't have a lot of trust for that list.
... And no time to use them.
Having said that...6 of my lenses made it on that list and those that did not....well I know what they can do and cannot do.
...but when a company does something like this, I find it really odious.
Regardless of the body, the owner should know or have a good base in knowing how a particular lens will perform on his or her camera body...D800 or not.
Case in point, do you happen to see the 800mm on there? Nor do I. But does it mean that the 800mm is unworthy of this body....I would say: Hell no! Just think of how many of the lenses that are on the list can one buy for the price of the 800mm....
I understand companies are in business to make money.
A proper company makes money the right way (and tons of it) by providing proper information. Especially when it initiates the conversation. (Responding to a customer's inquiry of "Where's my D400?" is something a little different. Here, Nikon started the conversation.) This list isn't the right way.
Your 800 f/5.6 note is another example about how this list wasn't about getting it right, just about moving product.
@shawnino: I just think that list was compiled by a dope rather than anything cynical, after all it has two of the cheaper lenses that Nikon make on it which a cynically arrived at list may not have had?
Yes, I was quite amazed. I have a 300mm f/4.5 which John converted as well. A new thread is coming soon with several images to demonstrate we may want to look at some of the "olden goldies". Of course, the most significant change in lens design may be in coatings and AF.
This is really just a corralary to Occam's razor. +1 to @shawnino and @s-n-p
However i think it is unrealistic to expect Nikon to actually recommend equipment that is discontinued
glass made in the 60s was and still is ,very good but Nikon's latest offering are in a differed league
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED
PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED
PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D
Every lens I own from the 1950s 50mm, to the 70s 105mm, to my 90's Tokina, and everything inbetween all look better on it. If you are shooting the older "kit" lenses I would think it is time for an upgrade, but everything else is fine.
The information in the Technical guides on how to properly shoot is more important than what lens is on it.
Interestingly the neither 50mm lenses are on the list - something that every "testing" place uses to test performance. I have often wished they moved to 60mm macros for testing - then you know you are getting optimal results.