Nikon D800E test shot (800_0026)
Test shot with Nikon D800E + Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8. Focal length 62mm, f/5.6.
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I showed a few images that demonstrated the Nikon 24-70/2.8 lens struggling with the massive 36MP resolution of the D800E, yielding in images of about 9-12MP quality.
Now, here are a couple of images that show the 24/70 in a better light. The above image is pretty good at 36MP, although it's not quite a Leica S2 quality. It is probably a 20MP quality image. It is hard to subjectively assign such a figure of merit, since there are no official standards for "12MP quality", "36MP quality", etc.
But this is certainly one of the better images I was able to squeeze out of the 24-70 lens. I think the higher quality here comes from the relatively simple structures in the clock tower. Unlike the previous images with dense foliage, perhaps the clock tower with its sparse and high-contrast features was an easier task for the lens.