As I have sold off my high end Nikkor lenses for the D300, and reduced the weight of my seldom used (Since the advent of the M4/3 gear) Nikon D300 kit by about 8Kg or so, I wanted a good light lens for the D300 which I wanted to keep for a while.
Too wet to go out today, so this afternoon I decided to try the new lens I got for the D300, a new Nikkor 20mm 2.8 AF D, full frame capable. Very impressed by the Nikkor 20mm, but how would it go with the G1 or GH-1?
This is how it looked,
and this is how it compared in my not too technical tests. Out of camera JPG, no tweaking at all, both cameras set to my normal settings. G1 with Vibrant Film setting +1 for S, +1 for Contrast. Nikon D300 at Vibrant, otherwise P mode.
There are two groups of 3 images here, one of a plate where flash was used, and one outdoors on a grey day. I did my best to frame the same, both at 400iso, f4.5 or close, and -1/3 Ev for the G1, which in my opinion always overexposes by about that amount.
The test shots are at: http://matix.zenfolio.com/p91387928
I think the G1 is very close in quality and contrast at that ISO, to the Nikon when both are using the same lens, and certainly both cameras do a very acceptable job when using their native lenses, although the D300 does seem to have a higher DR of course.
Regardless of whether I keep the D300, I will be keeping the Nikkor 20mm 2.8, and the Tamron 90mm 2.8 DiII which also brings out the best in the G1 and GH-1 cameras.
What do you think?