Fri 08-Aug-08 05:15 PM | edited Fri 08-Aug-08 05:18 PM by Joe Mondello
I asked a senior Nikon rep about this kit and he said it was the only mid-priced FX VR AFS zoom Nikkor and they wanted to offer a kit. He disagreed that it was "mediocre" and thought it was a decent offering.
But it seems more folks hereabouts agree with you than the Nikon rep!
Perhaps its a sample variation thing?
I had a 24-85 f/2.8-4 which was a poor performer and a 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 which is a great performer.
Nikon needs to update that lens or provide an alternate kit lens.
I was really surprised to see how many DX lenses that Nikon offered. I had not paid attention to them before--and I have no plans to. With the D700 possibly hitting the volume trade, Nikon needs to expand its FX lens offerings.
It will be curious to see if Nikon expands their selection of mid-priced FX lenses.
For example, with the improved high ISO performance, perhaps I don't need an f/2.8 zoom lens or a $1700 hole in my wallet for a beautiful lens. I might be happy with an f/3.5 or f/4 (available at all focal lengths) zoom, as long as it was reasonably well built, a bit lighter, and a few hundred dollars less.
In the meanwhile, I'm using my mix of older Nikkor glass from 8-20 years ago.
Fri 08-Aug-08 07:25 PM | edited Sat 09-Aug-08 09:07 AM by Len Shepherd
At f8-f11 the 24-120 is a very good lens for a 5x zoom at the price point i.e. close to indistinguishable for sharpness and resolution at these apertures from "pro" lenses. Lenses like the 18-200 definitely benefit from stopping down 1 stop at 18mm and 200mm. The 24-120 is better built than the 18-200 and does not have a reputation for failing AF motors. Digressing Nikon may well announce new lenses at Photokina - if they do with the D3 and D300 recently out I would expect them to concentrate on upgrading some of the existing primes and maybe the 70-200.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.