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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200 mm f/2G ED VRII

30 November 2011
Szymon Starczewski

4. Image resolution

The resolution test of the Nikkor AF-S 2.0/200 VR II was based on RAW files from the Nikon D3x reflex camera which were developed, without sharpening, by the dcraw program. Let’s remind here that in the case of D3x-based tests the decency level is situated near 30-31 lpmm and the best prime lenses can reach the level of 46-47 lpmm.

Let’s find out how the tested lens fares here. Below there are its results in the frame centre, on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor and on the edge of full frame.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200 mm f/2G ED VRII - Image resolution


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There is no beating about the bush here – you can say at once that the results of the tested Nikkor are sensational. In the frame, at the maximum relative aperture, we get a great value of over 40 lpmm. On stopping down, by f/4.0-5.6, the lens reaches record-breaking MTFs. The edge of the frame is equally good – even on the very border of full frame, with the lens wide open, the image remains fully useful. What’s more, the lens belongs to that narrow group of instruments which on the edge of a 35-mm detector can exceed 40 lpmm. Here there is really nothing to carp about. A standing ovation!

Traditionally at the end of this chapter we present crops taken from the frame centre of our test chart photos, used for resolution tests.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200 mm f/2G ED VRII - Image resolution