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After quite a few months, I'm still...

michelpoirier

Chambly, CA
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michelpoirier Registered since 24th Aug 2012
Thu 22-Nov-12 12:18 PM

Good morning Nikonians,

Just a very quick note to say that after quite a few months of use, I'm still very excited with my D800 + 24-120 f/4 combo.

Maybe for the purists the lens is not good enough as it's not a 2.8. Maybe... Who am I to say they're wrong ?? But in my opinion and for my day to day use as a walkaround the city and travel/vacation combo it is excellent. The sharpness is good, the weight balance is good, the build quality is good... And the price was excellent to say the least.

So, I'm happy with it...

MEMcD

US
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#1. "RE: After quite a few months, I'm still..." | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Thu 22-Nov-12 06:50 PM

Hi Michel,

The 24-120mm f/4G ED IF AF-S VR is an excellent lens.
That you are very happy with it on your D800 is no surprise.
Enjoy!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

aay

CA
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aay Registered since 11th Jul 2010
Thu 22-Nov-12 08:33 PM

Enjoy your precious baby! It is amazing when you enjoy something that much that even after few months you are excited about it

I do have the same lens, but have been wondering if I should try to switch it for 24-70. One part of me says 'yes', another - 'no'.... Haha!

Alex
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Bump57

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Bump57 Silver Member Awarded for his high skill level in Landscape and Nature Photography and willingness to share his learning experiences to help others. Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Laureate Ribbon awarded as a winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 01st Apr 2007
Fri 23-Nov-12 04:06 AM

LOL Alex,

"I do have the same lens, but have been wondering if I should try to switch it for 24-70"

I have the 24-70 and I am actually thinking of the opposite switch.

Goofy world we shoot in.

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michelpoirier

Chambly, CA
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#4. "RE: After quite a few months, I'm still..." | In response to Reply # 3

michelpoirier Registered since 24th Aug 2012
Fri 23-Nov-12 11:56 AM

>LOL Alex,
>
>"I do have the same lens, but have been wondering if I
>should try to switch it for 24-70"
>
>I have the 24-70 and I am actually thinking of the opposite
>switch.
>
>Goofy world we shoot in.
>

It all depends of your needs !!!! For me, it was important to have a one lens that cover "most" of my needs. The 24-120 met those.

greyface

Acushnet, US
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greyface Gold Member Nikonian since 30th Jul 2008
Fri 23-Nov-12 09:06 PM

I agree with Scott on this one. I have the 24-70 and the 70-200. These are the 2 lenses I carry most of the time. Am thinking the 24-120 would save some time changing lenses, never seem to have the one I need on the camera.
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djmckaytx

Argyle, TX, US
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djmckaytx Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Feb 2012
Fri 23-Nov-12 09:47 PM

I've got both of these lenses too...plus the 14-24. The 24-70 is an awfully nice lens...since I'm usually not shooting landscapes though, with the D800 any of my HH technique shortcomings quickly become apparent. I also find that with the bigger filesizes I'm deleting more photos than I used to...but I'm also out shooting more so that's OK too.

I'm certainly enjoying mine...making more mistakes, but I'm learning from them too.

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Primary Equipment:
2 D810s, MB-D12
SB-910
SB-600
14-24mm f/2.8G
24-70mm f/2.8G
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
50mm f/1.4G
70-200mm f/2.8G VRII
300mm f/2.8G VRII
400mm f/2.8D (AF-I) (selling this soon)
TC-14E III
TC-17E II
TC-20E III

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FutureLook

Miami, US
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FutureLook Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Dec 2003
Sat 24-Nov-12 10:08 AM

It is refreshing to see positive things being said about the D800 and I must say that I am also very pleased with mine. I use my 24-70 quite often however, my 28-300 is my walkaround lens because of it's versatility. Of course it does not produce the IQ of the 24-70 but with the ability to crop as a result of 36mp, I have been able to print large sizes from the 28-300. I have seen good comments on the 24-120 and I thought about it before buying the 28-300. Decided to go for the latter and I don't regret it.

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djmckaytx

Argyle, TX, US
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djmckaytx Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Feb 2012
Sat 24-Nov-12 01:21 PM

@FutureLook: Enjoyed the wonderful travel shots on your site. Really nice work.

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Lucky is only better than good until your shutter is released.

Primary Equipment:
2 D810s, MB-D12
SB-910
SB-600
14-24mm f/2.8G
24-70mm f/2.8G
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
50mm f/1.4G
70-200mm f/2.8G VRII
300mm f/2.8G VRII
400mm f/2.8D (AF-I) (selling this soon)
TC-14E III
TC-17E II
TC-20E III

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jamesvoortman

Durban, ZA
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#9. "RE: After quite a few months, I'm still..." | In response to Reply # 0

jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Sat 24-Nov-12 04:11 PM

My previous combo for all general use was the D300 and 18-200VR.

I recently bought a D800 and the 24-120 f4 VR. the 24-120 is very much sharper than the 18-200 VR across its entire range and 24 is wider on a FX body than 18 on a DX so I am enjoying that aspect too.

I ran some comparative tests of the 18-200 and 24-120 on the D800 body and compared side to side, images shot with 24-120 are not only sharper but also have better contrast, shadow detail and colour saturation.

f4 at the long end has better subject isolation and the bokeh of this lens is also better than 18-200 so I am finding that the few portraits and candids that I shoot are coming out much better than before. I took a shot last week of a friend while rockclimbing. At a distance of about 5m, when zooming into the photo one can see the fibres in the stitches of his climbing shoes!!

I looked at the 24-70 f2.8 before buying. It is considerably heavier and longer than 24-120. It also does not fit in the Slingshot bag that i normally use. I mostly shoot scenes and landscapes while out hiking so I dont really need the additional brightness or the weight and the choice was fairly easy to make.

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michelpoirier

Chambly, CA
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michelpoirier Registered since 24th Aug 2012
Sun 25-Nov-12 10:31 AM

>My previous combo for all general use was the D300 and
>18-200VR.
>
>I recently bought a D800 and the 24-120 f4 VR. the 24-120
>is very much sharper than the 18-200 VR across its entire
>range and 24 is wider on a FX body than 18 on a DX so I am
>enjoying that aspect too.
>
>I ran some comparative tests of the 18-200 and 24-120 on the
>D800 body and compared side to side, images shot with 24-120
>are not only sharper but also have better contrast, shadow
>detail and colour saturation.
>
>f4 at the long end has better subject isolation and the bokeh
>of this lens is also better than 18-200 so I am finding that
>the few portraits and candids that I shoot are coming out much
>better than before. I took a shot last week of a friend
>while rockclimbing. At a distance of about 5m, when zooming
>into the photo one can see the fibres in the stitches of his
>climbing shoes!!
>
>I looked at the 24-70 f2.8 before buying. It is considerably
>heavier and longer than 24-120. It also does not fit in the
>Slingshot bag that i normally use. I mostly shoot scenes and
>landscapes while out hiking so I dont really need the
>additional brightness or the weight and the choice was fairly
>easy to make.

Plus you have to factor in the price different between star two... $1000 in your pocket is better than nothing!

FutureLook

Miami, US
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#11. "RE: After quite a few months, I'm still..." | In response to Reply # 8

FutureLook Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Dec 2003
Sun 25-Nov-12 11:19 AM

Thanks for your comments Donald, they are greatly appreciated.

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