Oh I'm sorry, you just needed to clarify that this was about large teles (take a look at the results for the nikkor new 200-400 or new 200 f2 before talking out of your ass). That I didn't test and I don't need, but I'm happy to admit canon has the better big teles altought they don't "blow out of the water" nikkor teles like you're trying to say. I know the reputation of canon is really high regarding lenses over 4000$ and maybe it's where it counts for you, but not for me...
Not sure if trolling at this point, but go take a look at your precious charts for the 1.4 primes, the 24-70s, the 70-200s the new 1.8 primes, the 14mms; the lenses that matter to a lot of photographers too... The only thing I'm trying to do here is just stopping bullshit that come out of places like these where people just try to comfort thereself with their gear by saying other brands are crap; nikon has several lenses that are as good or better than Canons and vice-versa, deal with it.
Interesting you said 200mm, before I made that post it was the first lens I did look at. At f/2 the Nikon version is very bad in the corners. Supertele's are designed to be used wide open, wide open the Canon wins.
Since Canon doesn't have a 200-400mm yet, Nikon wins by default.
I compared the top Nikon and Canon 70-200mm before I made the last post, because I knew it is where you would want to go next. Again, in the side by side the Canon wins noticeably.
The 24mm f/1.4 versions of Canon and Nikon, Nikon is near a match but in no way wins. Even wider the 14mm f/.8 the Nikon lens is much softer. I would give Nikon the edge for wide angle, not because of its lenses but its sensor.
If you are comparing top of the line lenses to top of the line lenses Nikon doesn't win. In some categories it gets close to matching but not wining.
I have tested lenses since 1978 and I have access to all Nikon and Canon lenses
Regarding 70-200/2,8, IS VR . Canons 70-200/2,8ismk2 lens is better than Nikons latest and it is seen mostly out in the corners .
200/2 they are close as they can be
200-400/4 Nikon excellent in a range of 50-100m and optimized for that range compare to infinity
400/2,8 Nikon sharper than Canons old 400, I have not tested the new one
Nikon 14-24 excellent but sensitive to flare, better at 14mm than Canons 14mm/2,8MK2 regarding resolution
35/1,4 Nikon overall better,slightly sombrero effect and better towards the edges and corners.
85/1,2 , Nikon 85/1,4 equal good, 85/1,2 lot of loCA, 85/1,8 canon excellent for the price , also nikon 85/1,8
Nikons 24-70 better than Canons 24-70 . Canon is is difficult to evaluate since it is a big difference amoung the copies, MK2 not tested