Nikon AF 24-120mm Review

Nikon AF 24-120mm Review

“better than reputed”

nikon nikkor 24-120

This lens gets an unfair bad rap from a lot of amateur snobs and pro-wanna-be’s.

After reading all the mixed reviews, I figured at the price it would be a reasonable stopgap while waiting for an 18-200VR. So far I’ve been more than satisfied with this lens. I get good contrast, and sharp images through the middle 80% of its range. Contrary to some of the negative reviews I’ve read, focus is reasonably fast, and more than adequate for action sports in good light. Granted it’s not a low light lens. I have other lenses for this purpose, but cost me over $900. each and don’t have the versatility of this lens.

I finally did receive my 18-200VR, and have to admit it is an improvement due to the added range, but light gathering is comparable, and within the 24-120’s range, the two function with about the same results. Overall, average quality of shots taken with both lenses is about the same.

Having said that, even with the 18-200 VR, I still have to use my 85mm 1.4 and 80-200 f/2.8 for shots where extra aperture or sharpness are needed.

In summary, if you plan on having a couple spcialty prime lenses and one multi-purpose zoom, then either the 24-120 or the 18-200 will do as a great walk around lens. Unless you’re only going to buy one lens for the life of your camera, why spend the extra money on the latter?

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Nikon AF 24-120mm Review By Charles B. Lemak "LeChas" (Los Altos, CA)
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