Well i ran out very early this morning to just see how things look. This first off is a casual test. All I am really trying to do is see how the D300 looks to the gold standard of the M8. I love my M8's and I still it and the DMR are still the best image makers out there but I need to know if I can get by with this D300 for certain things. So for me it is not about sharpness and such but more about how I can process the D300 to match more like the M8. Now we can speculate along the way that is only natural and compare. But color is important and saturation and DR so that is really what I want to look at. I have yet to look at these files so we will go and see what they look like to each oyher . This is very early light so right off the bat things will look warm. The only thing I will adjust for now is exposure. I shot three camera's one M8 with a 28 cron and another with a 75 cron both extremely good and new designs from Leica. Great lenses . Than i shot the D300 with the 17-35 and first off this is a great lens but I think there new 14-24 and 24-70 may compare better with there new Nano crystal coatings but so be it this is what I have and it is a classic lens from Nikon really now slouch whatsoever.
Than I used the New Zeiss ZF 85mm 1.4 and the New Zeiss 50mm ZF 1.4 both very nicely built lenses the 50mm is a bit easier to focus but i did okay with the 85 buying a new screen today from Katz Eye. Than I shot the 24mm shift which deserves it's on thread. This sucker rocks my boat big time already . Also I shot all camera's on AWB and A mode so meter's will be slightly different and will only adjust for that D300 ISO 200 ,M8 ISO 160. These are there recommended ISO's from each company so that is what we will go with.
I shot the next two images at 5.6 i did not play around to much with wide open stuff , although there are some. i just want to see what is going on and how different they maybe. Honestly they both look good but I have some concerns on the Nikon and blocking up.
Okay Leica first 28 cron
Nikon with 17-35 at the almost same framing.
BTW no one that I know have has done this , so if you want to link to other forums fine with me these are test images and not worried about it