For Brian, I think they've answered my question I posed in your ("Wifes") "Got a D600!" thread! Oh yes and I know only one review Yadda Yadda Yadda add nauseum
So the Constant F4 is about 10% better at most focal lengths, in edge performance (Being General here, so don't be pedantic you lot!)
The variable aperture one is slightly better for distortion wide, CA Seems about on a par and not a whole lof of difference in Vignetting really (Seems these things are no longer a priority in lens design with all the fancy software we've got?)
Overall the 24-120 f4 AFS Vr is the better lens but is it worth twice the price especially if you already have the other?
RUNS INTO DARK CORNER WHILST DONNING FLAME SUIT...
Your comparison is OK as far as it goes, but the biggest thing to keep in mind, or course, is that it only applies if you are at 85mm or less. The constant f/4 is 100% better if you are shooting at 86mm and longer!
Fri 16-Nov-12 07:14 AM | edited Fri 16-Nov-12 07:31 AM by jules
>Your comparison is OK as far as it goes, but the biggest >thing to keep in mind, or course, is that it only applies if >you are at 85mm or less. The constant f/4 is 100% better if >you are shooting at 86mm and longer! >
He He, like it Mick! "As far as it goes!" Admittedly it smokes the 24-85 at 86-120mm! I like the range of the 24-120mm but as I already have a 24-85 Vr to play with, I'm finding it hard to justify good though it undoubtedly is. I've read up as much as I can on it (Pretty much until my eyes are bleeding!) but I just don't see why it gets a gold ring apart from just being constant aperture... Still could end up with one though, as I'm also finding it hard to love the alternatives in the non-stratospheric price range... (Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM and Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 VC USD)
Wed 28-Nov-12 07:32 AM | edited Wed 28-Nov-12 08:03 AM by jules
I've been doing some more reading and I have to say that the 24-120mm F4 AFS VR has peaked my interest. So for the sake of my own sanity I'm going to buy one just before Christmas and run it against it's smaller, cheaper, lighter, variable aperture, non nano little brother and keep the one I like the best. Should make for quite an interesting mopnth, I'll carry both with me whenever I go out into the Fells and see which one I make a grab for the most often I'll flog the loser on here in the new year, so you will know if I'm eating my words in the earlier posts about the 24-120...
Could be a new start for this new year as someone is offering me silly money for my Fuji X1 Pro Kit which would allow me to purchase my Loaner D600 and a couple of reasonable Lenses too!