Currently I have an n80 with a 24-120 mm nikkor lens on it. When I bought the camera I did not buy the kit and got this one lens instead. In general it has done a good job for me although I am craving something a little better. I was reading about the 28 - 105 and have heard some good things about it but I am not sure if a change to that lens would be the right choice. I guess like all nikon users I would love to break the bank and get the pro ED lenses (the 17 - 35 and the 28 -70 are tops of my list) but my budget is not that high. So maybe I should just stick with what I have.
If you reply to this with ideas I just want to be clear that I do not want any third party lenses ... only nikkor!
Test reports for the 28-105 indicate that it is a sharper lens than the 24-120, especially at each end of the zoom range. The 28-105 is also smaller and lighter, making it easier to carry around for general use. And finally, the 28-105 has a 1:2 macro capability (thought not as sharp as a dedicated macro lens) that further increases its usefulness as a "standard" lens. One article I read called the Nikon 28-105 the "crack cocaine" of lenses because people were buying them so fast that many stores couldn't keep them in stock. By the way, I have one and really like it, so this probably isn't a very objective evaluation. However, I do sincerely believe that it's one of the best Nikon zooms for the money. If you have the bucks for the 28-70 ED, you might want to get it for the increased speed, but then again, the 28-105 has a more versatile working range.
Thanks for the advice ... I will keep that in consideration.
I have bough 6 filters for my 24-120 which adds up to some big cash investment but I guess smaller filters would ulimately be cheaper huh?
I checked out some prices for the 28-105 and it is considerably cheaper than my lens even here in japan. I will see how my budget works out. I may just keep my lens and get the 28-105. Never hurts to have a collection of lenses handy right!!
I have a 28-105 and owned a 24-120 and find both to be nice lenses. I wouldn't make a change for image quality's sake - I didn't find any significant difference between the two. I sold the 24-120 and bought the new 24-85 which is about the same size and weight but offers more speed and macro focusing (and the same filter size). Neither the 24-105 nor the 24-85 are very impressive in macro mode, but it's nice to have the capability in this kind of lens.
Look at the 28-105 for it's size, but don't expect it to deliver significant improvement in optical performance.
I have the 28-105 and love it, but fairly long discussions on this list have found both lenses to be good. I personally wouldn't switch. However, you should be able to get a good price on your current lens if you traded it in.
I have the 28-105 lens but I wouldn't switch if I were you. I hear that both lenses perform very well and if anything.....the 28-105 might be a little sharper. But considering that you already have some filters for your lens, I would just keep it. If you switch it then you have to spend more money on new filters and at the end, I don't think there will be a noticable quality difference for all that hassle. Save your money for a pro lens, not a similar lens.
The is no clear "better" lens between these two. Both are good. Since you have already spent the money on the 24-120, my advice is to keep it. I own the 24-120 and I'm very happy with it. Yes, it is somewhat limited in terms of speed, but I love the range and the wideness (is that a word?) of the 24mm end.
Stick with what you've got and spend the money on film, or a lens in a different range.
I had both lenses & have sold them since I switched to the 2.8 constant aperture zooms. From what I remeber there isn/t that much difference in optical quality between the two lenses. Since you have the 24-120 why not keep it for snap shot shooting .It is a vary good travel lens covering a large focal range & if you stop it down can render some pretty amazing results. The only thing is that the 24-120 is rather a slow lens & has no macro capabilities. Other than that it is a good consumer lens. By the way if you are looking for a pro 2.8 zoom lens there are some good buys on used 35-70 2.8 A/F/D/ lens. New they run about $600.00 used I have seen them as cheap as $250-300. This is one real well built lens & sharp as a tack through out its focal range .