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.
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.
>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?
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.
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.
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.
>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. > >
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.
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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