I know this has probably been asked about a million times but this is my first post in this forum. I am relatively new to dslr cameras. I have owned a D7000 with 18-200 lens for about a year. This has been my learning camera and I am beginning to have consistent success with my photos. One day maybe within the next two years I would like to sell my current camera and lens and migrate upward to FX such as the D600 or whatever comes out by that time as entry level FX. I would like to upgrade my lens now and I have gotten the feeling in reading forums that a good lens may be really more important than the camera body. With that in mind I am thinking of buying the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR as a walk around upgrade to my 18-200. I know the lens will be choked down on the DX camera but when I get the FX camera the lens will be there and ready. May I have your opinions please? These forums have been a wealth of information for me.
I believe your choice of lenses should be determined by your type of photography. It might be useful to survey the focal lengths you most often use with your 18-200 before you buy a lens. Many people feel that 24mm is not wide enough on DX, though I spent an entire vacation with the D200 and a 24-70 and it worked quite well.
Thanks for your reply. With my 18-200 I have learned to stay away from the extremes. the vast majority of my shots will be from 35mm to 150mm and I keep the f stops from 5.6 to 18 while in aperture priority.
I appreciate that you've, either by experience or by intention, stayed a bit away from both the maximum possible wide angle and the maximum possible long-end shots with your 18-200. In my modest experience the most lens design compromises appear to be at those extremes in zoom lenses generally. I have a few primes for when I confidently venture out with the notion that a particular focal length will do me for the great majority of images I'm anticipating. However, when the photographic playing field is a bit more uncertain, I often hedge my shooting bets with a zoom.
For example, when I was using the DX D80 and D200, my zoom of choice was the 16-85mm Nikkor VR and probably, and deliberately, 90 percent or more of my images were made between, say, 20-22 mm and 70-72mm, maximizing sharpness and minimizing distortion. I used that lens--in that fashion--comfortably in trips to Spain, France, Italy and London, indoors (churches, museums) and out (historic architecture, street scenes).
I've just acquired a 24-120mm AFS f/4 VR for my D700. That lens will be my "all-purpose" lens and I expect to be using it mostly within a 30mm to 100mm range except when I really need to stretch to its theoretical extremes to get the shot.
I use a 24-120 f/4 VR on my D700 and can highly recommend it as a general purpose lens for FX cameras. I even use this lens on my D300 from time to time when wide angle isn't needed, and it may suit your needs even if you stay with DX cameras.
Tue 23-Apr-13 03:10 AM | edited Tue 23-Apr-13 04:09 PM by jerry r
I used a 24-120 f/4 with my D7000 with good results - graduating from an 18-200. I, however, also had a 12-24 Nikon to cover the wider end. If you didn't want to invest in another DX lens, consider the 16-35 f/4. It will work great on your D7000 and will also work very well on your later FX purchase.
Thanks to everyone who replied. I think I will go with the 24-120, however I will go the new route because of the numerous postings in various forums about the earlier versions of this lens not being as good as the new builds.
You might also want to buy a used 20mm f2.8 prime to stick in your bag with the 24-120. This is an almost iconic Nikon wide prime. It's very small, and very sharp. It would get you close to the 18mm you had before, and be very useful as a wide angle prime on a future FX camera.
Tue 23-Apr-13 04:03 PM | edited Tue 23-Apr-13 04:09 PM by jerry r
I agree with Torwood. Although I carry the 24-120 f/4 and the 16-35, my wife just carries her 24/120 and the 20 mm f/2.8. I forgot to mention that in my above post. We both shoot with the D800-having both come from the D7000.
I would throw in the suggestion of the 11-16mm f/2.8 Tokina lens. Wouldn't work well on a FX body but it would be a great lens on the FX body and not real expensive. I have had great results using one and if you got a used one your investment wouldn't be much.