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Nikon 24-120mm VR Lens Review

June 21, 2008

Nikon 24-120mm VR Lens Review

“Disappointing sample”

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At the time I bought mine, Amazon was out of stock, and I bought it someplace else. Fortunately that store was good on returns.
My 24-85mm AF-S Nikkor (now discontinued) has been very good on my Nikon D50, but I coveted more telephoto and VR. I’d read so many reviews complaining of problems with some superzooms, that I didn’t want to overdo it, and I figured the 24-120mm should be perfect. It wasn’t. At 24mm f3.5 image softness away from the center was very unsatisfactory. I compared side-by-side twice with my 24-85, and I got the same result. Stopping down gave better image quality, but 24mm f3.5 is a setting I do find too useful to sacrifice.
I returned the lens for refund.

I have looked at a store sample of the 18-200mm Nikkor, and that looks more encouraging. I ordered one from someplace less expensive than that store.

Maybe a different sample of 24-120 would do better than the one I tried. Maybe not. If you miss out on the chance to get a discontinued 24-120 before they disappear, you probably have a better choice from among current models.

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Nikon 24-120 VR Review

June 6, 2008

Nikon 24-120 VR Review

“My lens is sharp.”

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I purchased this lens after trying it by making a series of handheld test images and going home and analysing the results. On my D70, this lens is sharp. Not as sharp as my 105 MicroNikkor VR, but that lens is a tack sharp prime macro. It also has incredible color contrast. It is every bit as sharp as the 18-70 kit lens, and it has the great advantage of the VR technology that lets you shoot handheld in almost every situation. I recently took this lens and my 12-24 dx Nikkor to Cabo and got some fine shots, even at night. I took only 2 lenses because of the airport/customs hassle. That is what these new great lenses are about. Major focal length coverages, VR technology that makes the fast/slow lens issue irrelevent. Glass that is engineered for sharpness and contrast at all focal lengths. Pop one or 2 lenses in a bag and you can shoot just about anything. Nikon is revolutionizing digital photography.

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Nikkor 24-120 Lens Review

May 30, 2008

Nikkor 24-120 Lens Review

“A good lens but not perfect or a do-all”

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This is a quite good lens for what it is: and what it is is a rather slow decent quality zoom lens that does a fairly good job on Nikon digital SLR cameras, which is what it is for. The main downside of this lens is the fact that it is slow and dark–over most of its range it is closer to F5.6 than F3.5. This is not a fast lens.

This lens is better for digital cameras than film bodies because since Nikon digital SLRs use the half-frame format, the digital body utilizes the “sweet” center portion of the lens, for better quality. I have not used this lens on a film camera and so I cannot give a firsthand report on how significant this is. Others say that it is, in fact, a significant advantage of this lens.

The VR helps, sometimes a lot, but VR is not a cure-all for a lens being slow. VR does not affect the brightness of the image through the viewfinder, although it will improve the quality of the picture by damping out camera shake.

The autofocus on this lens leaves nothing to be desired–it autofocuses at lightning speed. Nikon cut no corners here.

This is a very good all-around lens for the user who does not want to spend a lot of money and who can put up with this lens’ relatively slow speed. A great lens for daylight shots.

The new 18-200 VR ED DX Nikkor is getting better reviews, and digital SLR users will want to consider that lens as an alternative to the 24-120.

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Nikon 24-120mm Lens Review

May 24, 2008

Nikon 24-120mm Lens Review

“Very Good Consumer Ouality Lens”

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I shoot events for a major university. I use a Nikon D3 and just started to spend some real money on glass. Let me tell you the old adage is true. You get what you pay for. That said, the Nikon 24-120mm 3.5 zoom lens is a very good lens for the money. I have been using it to shoot the events for about three months. Let me tell you what I experienced with the camera stuck to my face all day long. This lens is much sharper then is reported. It is rather slow it’s true. However with the D3 you push the ISO and there isn’t too much of a problem. There is some vignetting at 24mm which can be corrected in photoshop. The “VR” is terrific and the auto focus is very fast! Just make sure you focus on your main spot in the frame. It is easy to get an out of focus image with this lens if you are not careful! The build quality is good. It is pretty smooth to zoom with and is just light enough to stay on your camera for most of the time. I really like this lens. Much better then the cheap 55-200mm Zoom. That lens feels like it is made out of cardboard! The main reason I just came back from buying the new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens is that I can’t compete professionally with the 24-120mm zoom lens. The Nikon 24-70 is much sharper (razor) and the color renditions are breath taking, not to mention the speed. I have tried to get away with spending a third the price and it just doesn’t cut it in the world of pro photography! I will however miss the versitility of the zooming focal length of 24-120mm, what a spread! The 24-120mm is a lens I will take on vacation with a D300 and it will be more then enough to ring back some good shots. Most of my shooting will take place outside in sunlight. If you don’t need to compete to make a living in photography, save yourself a lot of money and get the Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5 zoom lens. It’s a wonderful lens and will always be one of my favorite fun lenses!

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Nikon 24-120 f3.5-5.6 Review

April 10, 2008

Nikon 24-120 f3.5-5.6 Review

“Semi-pro”

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I’ve been a semi-professional photographer since 2004 and have a huge investment in Nikon equipment including a Nikon 200-400 zoom that I paid $5,500 for. I also have the 70-200 2.8, which is another superb lens. However, the 24-120 goes with me everywhere. It is one of the most versatile lenses I own. I use it in the studio under dim lighting conditions and for most of the outdoor shooting I do. The other lens I rely on for outdoor shots is the 70-200, which I cannot ay enough good things about (although it’s heavy). Bottom line: the 24-120 is worth every penny you pay for it. Don’t think twice about buying one. My $0.02 worth.

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