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Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4

michelpoirier

Chambly, CA
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michelpoirier Registered since 24th Aug 2012
Tue 28-Aug-12 12:49 PM

After taking delivery of my brand new D800 back in June, I was looking for a walkaround type of lens. Coming from Canon, I was used to the popular 24-105 f/4.

So, after a quick look around, I purchased the 24-120 f/4 against many other forum advice stating a whole bunch of problem with this lens. I told myself in the worst case scenario I could always sell it back.

I when on 2 Caribbean vacations with it since the end of June and I must say I surprisingly happy with it. Ok, the corner are a little bit soft wide open, but as soon as you stop down it works like a charm. The center is very (read VERY) sharp. I even tested it in a studio with a model and using it as my single lens.

So, I happy and keeping it with me.

H3Tex

US
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#1. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

H3Tex Registered since 08th May 2012
Tue 28-Aug-12 11:36 AM

You must of read the 28-300 review from the crockwell site.

I looked at the people that actually have data who compared that lens to the 24-70. At least when it comes to sharpness.

That was the lens I purchased for my walk around/candid. It has been great. Very sharp. I could care less about corner sharpness wide open. Why would anyone shoot wide open and care about the corners? Corner sharpness is most important in landscape where most everyone stops down.

My only problem with my lens was that I had to turn off the auto shutter speed in my auto iso. Because of the VR and wide angle it would pick a stupid slow shutter speed. Which is fine since I can still take sharp pics when my 11 month old is not in the way. Thing is that my little girl always seems to find her way in front of the camera. And she does not sit still.

mick5

UK
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#2. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

mick5 Registered since 02nd Jun 2012
Tue 28-Aug-12 11:51 AM

>After taking delivery of my brand new D800 back in June, I
>was looking for a walkaround type of lens. Coming from Canon,
>I was used to the popular 24-105 f/4.
>
>So, after a quick look around, I purchased the 24-120 f/4
>against many other forum advice stating a whole bunch of
>problem with this lens. I told myself in the worst case
>scenario I could always sell it back.
>
>I when on 2 Caribbean vacations with it since the end of June
>and I must say I surprisingly happy with it. Ok, the corner
>are a little bit soft wide open, but as soon as you stop down
>it works like a charm. The center is very (read VERY) sharp. I
>even tested it in a studio with a model and using it as my
>single lens.
>
>So, I happy and keeping it with me.
>

so you have only one lens with your D800? as iam planing to buy D800 and i can afford only one lens?

michelpoirier

Chambly, CA
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#3. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 2

michelpoirier Registered since 24th Aug 2012
Tue 28-Aug-12 12:02 PM

>so you have only one lens with your D800? as iam planing to
>buy D800 and i can afford only one lens?

It's true, for now I only have 1 single lens. I'm leasing others when I need to for weddings and studio work. I will usually rent the 24-70 along with the 70-200 plus the 85 1.4.

But on vacation, or just touring in the city, I stick to the 24-120.

I hope this help!

FineArtSnaps

Leesburg, US
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#4. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 3

FineArtSnaps Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jun 2012
Tue 28-Aug-12 03:21 PM

I agree with you Michel, and so does Mansurov. He gives the results of very extensive testing at http://mansurovs.com/nikon-24-120mm-vr-review I own and have extensively used the 24-70 f/2.8, the 28-300 f/whatever, and the 24-120 f/4. As far as I'm concerned, the 24-120 is a much better lens than the 28-300, Rockwell to the contrary notwithstanding. I also own and, for several years have used the 70-300 f/whatever, and I'll stack that lens up against the 28-300 any day. In fact, I'm thinking about selling the 28-300, though I still seem to use it fairly often on my D3 while the 24-120 lives mostly on my D800. The 24-70 needs to be on a tripod, and it's best to put the 24-120 on a tripod and turn off VR if you can, but it does a splendid job handheld with VR as long as you're careful and keep your shutter speed up.

The 24-120 is a keeper. Other lenses can come later.

Russ Lewis
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mklass

Tacoma, US
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#5. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 4

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Tue 28-Aug-12 05:54 PM

I've used the 24-120 f/4 with my D800e now for a couple of weeks. I have a chance to use it extensively in shooting 2 weddings (mostly the receptions) and have been very pleased with the results.

I generally prefer something with a wider range for walkaround use. I'm one of those people that likes more reach. If I were to use the D800e as a casual, walkaround camera (which I don't, I use a D7000 for that) I'd probably use the 28-300. My experience with that lens on a D700 was very good.

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Wingman

Kimberley, CA
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#6. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 5

Wingman Silver Member Awarded for sharing his excellent work and continued contribution to the forums, most notably at the Aviation forum. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2002
Tue 28-Aug-12 08:06 PM

This is a very casual hand held shot done near my house while doing some basic testing (in fact the 51st shutter activation on the camera). This is F6.3 at 1/125 at ISO 100, at 62 mm on the lens.

Almost full frame, and a 100% crop from the upper center. This is a very nice combination of camera and lens!

Neal Nurmi

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IndyGeoff

Greenwood, US
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#7. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

IndyGeoff Registered since 03rd Jul 2007
Fri 21-Sep-12 05:54 PM

Happy to hear this. I have been looking at it as a walk around lens for my D800E.

Coming from DX, 24mm is pretty wide to me.

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LMMiller9

Potomac, US
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#8. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

LMMiller9 Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2005
Fri 21-Sep-12 09:47 PM

No reason to be surprised. Most of us who have this lens and are using it on the D800 are completely satisfied with its performance. In fact, I gave my 24-70 to my son in law (yes, along with a D800!!, isn't he lucky) because I was never finding a reason to go to it, always favoring the lighter and greater reach of the 24-120.

I am also happy with the 28-300, by the way.

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RWCooper

Winnipeg, CA
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#9. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

RWCooper Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jul 2004
Fri 21-Sep-12 11:37 PM

I'm very happy with the D800 and the 24-120mm f/4 as well. I wasn't surprised as I had read good things about this combination.

Enjoy!

Randy

erosack

US
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#10. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

erosack Registered since 03rd Apr 2009
Sat 22-Sep-12 10:57 AM

Color me crazy, but I bought this lens and like it so much I sold my 24-70!

Stopped down, it does very well for landscapes. And as a walk around lens, the focal length range and VR are big advantages.

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FL_Investor

US
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#11. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 10

FL_Investor Registered since 15th Apr 2012
Sun 23-Sep-12 11:13 PM

>Color me crazy, but I bought this lens and like it so much I
>sold my 24-70!
>
>Stopped down, it does very well for landscapes. And as a walk
>around lens, the focal length range and VR are big
>advantages.
>
>

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....sold MY 24-70 F2.8 as well - NO regrets
- just returned from 13 days touring 5 countries in EU.
The lens did the job beyond expectations...

brucerd80

Ocala, US
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brucerd80 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Sun 23-Sep-12 11:29 PM

I have had one about 18 months. When I have to choose just one lens for a shoot, this is the goto lens. Up until recently I mostly used it with my D300S. Great choice!

wfmcgrath3

Livingston, US
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#13. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

wfmcgrath3 Registered since 25th Feb 2012
Mon 24-Sep-12 02:48 PM

I have a D800 and five "pro" lenses: 17-35 f/2.8, 28-70 f/2.8, 80/200 f/2.8, 105 macro f/2.8 and the 24/120 f/4. I shoot mostly landscape, but a fair amount of walk-around stuff as well. Aside from the corner softness at wide apertures, the 24-120 is great for my purposes. Very sharp, VR works well when hand-held, not too heavy. I had some angst after reading some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this lens, but I'm satisfied with it. I don't know why I keep the 28-70.

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jerry r

US
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#14. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 13

jerry r Registered since 08th Oct 2008
Mon 24-Sep-12 04:38 PM

I am another happy camper with the D800 and 24-120 f/4, especially from f8 to f11, with f5.6 and f16 quite good.

Jerry

JonK

New York, US
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#15. "RE: Surprisingly happy with D800 and 24-120 f/4" | In response to Reply # 0

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Tue 25-Sep-12 12:15 AM

I've been experimenting with both the 24-120 and the 70-300 as handheld, walk-around lenses. I've been very happy with both. I have been pleasantly surprised how well the 24-120 performs wide open for isolation work.

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