mikeriach wrote:I borrowed a Nikon D7000 (16MP) from one friend, a new style Nikon 80-400 from another and a A77II to go with my 70-400G.
Took a variety of shots trying to shoot the same image on both systems. I have to be honest and say the Sony pairing edged it.
Perhaps a little unfair as I couldn't find anyone with a D7100 or D7200 to match the sensor.
The Sony pair had less CA and better sharpness and detail.
Strangely the Nikon was often underexposing (as mentioned by the owner) where many owners suggest they often overexpose slightly.
Also I wasn't convinced that the VR was significantly better or worse than the SSS. Blurry shots on the Sony were usually also blurry on the Nikon at all focal lengths.
The Nikon lens handled better (smoother zoom action) yet didn't feel as solid (more plasticy compared to the G metal).
I liked the D7000 controls (less button pushng and menu diving) but the A77II felt better in the hand.
Pity I only had a couple of hours to play with them all.
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