DxO tests the D800E, gives it highest score yet.

DxO: Nikon D800 vs D800E

DxO Labs has tested the D800E and given it a 96, the highest score awarded to date by the independent test lab. When DxO tested the D800 last March, they awarded it a 95. The two tests are so similar they conclude the results are “practically identical.” The differences between the D800 and D800e are small and the tests show this in absolute numbers. DxO notes the slight differences in color depth would be indistinguishable to the human eye. The slight difference in ISO sensitivity “is within measurement tolerances.”

DxO has yet to release their in-depth tests, which will include lens tests. This will reveal more information about differences in sharpness and moire patterns between the D800 and D800e.

D800 vs D800E: DxO Color Sensitivity

D800 vs D800E: DxO Dynamic Range

D800 vs D800E: DxO ISO Sensitivity

Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED VR Announced

Nikon 24-85mm G f/3.5-4.5 ED VR

Today Nikon announced the 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR full frame lens. This lens provides a 3.6x zoom range from wide angle to medium telephoto in a compact package. Vibration Reduction (VR II) assures sharp results in low light situations as well as providing stabilization for video recording. The integrated Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides fast and quiet auto focus. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass increases contrast while three aspherical lens elements reduce distortion.

There are a total of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. The seven-bladed aperture diaphragm  stops down to f/22 to f/29 throughout the zoom range. The minimum focus distance is 1.25 feet (0.38m) and maximum reproduction ratio of 0.22x. The lens uses a 72mm filter size. Overall dimensions are a compact 3.1-inch diameter by 3.2-inch length. The 24-85mm weighs in at just over one pound (16.4 oz). The lens carries a $599 suggested retail price.