Just did the lawn moving and cleaned the weeds on my backyard last weekend, then it was raining a lot on the day before yesterday. It helps cooling down the hot Summer day. However, the flowers can not withstand the ravages of the pouring rain and all have been crooked.
The little Nikkor AF 28-70mm f3.5-4.5D will never disappointing me. At the 70mm focal length, it performs better than the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR. Better resolution, DOF is excellent and color rendering is comparable to ED lens!
f5.6 is always my preferable aperture, so I only did a simple comparison at this setting. All photos taken with Nikon D300 at ISO200, handheld.
It takes slightly larger frame coverage for the 18-105 VR. Although VR is on, the 28-70 AF-D takes sharper image.
The leaves located just above the center flower is sharper on 28-70 AF-D. Please look at the wood grains behind the leaves for DOF comparison.
Both about the same with 18-105 VR very slightly better, if you can see the difference.
The 28-70 AF-D is inarguable sharp for the corner performance!
I always love to capture the wood grains to test the image resolution. It is easier to determine the detail.
However, it is soft at 28mm focal length.