Nikon 24-120 G, ED, VR, Zoom - opinions?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Steve Bosell, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Steve Bosell

    Steve Bosell Guest

    I just ordered a Nikon F100 and I'm looking for wideangle/moderate telephoto
    zoom! I've read some reviews on this particular lens, but I would rather
    hear from people who actually own and use it before making my decision on
    what to buy, the reviews I've read say that it's a little 'soft'. I'm kind
    of anal when it comes to sharpness and I know that zooms can't compete with
    'prime' lenses, so I want to make the best choice possible. Any other zooms
    in this focal range that I should consider?

    Steve Bosell, Sep 17, 2006
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  2. I have the non-VR version. - I found it to sharpen up pretty well if you
    stop it down to around f 8, or if you limit it's zoom range to below 100 mm.
    It does have some flare, though....
    William Graham, Sep 17, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    It suffers from significant barrel distortion at 24-28mm and
    pincushion distortion at the long end. The earlier, non-VR version is
    even worse.

    It will probably produce acceptable results in the focal length range
    of, say, 35mm to 105mm if stopped down to f/8 or f/11.
    The Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 does not have VR but it is optically very
    good indeed. Distortion is very well controlled and it is capable of
    surprisingly sharp results for a 4X zoom lens.
    Tony Polson, Sep 17, 2006
  4. This is true, and I probably should have mentioned that, but I can
    compensate for this distortion in Photoshop CS2, so I don't care about it
    too much.....Of course, it will always be there on the slide........
    William Graham, Sep 17, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Hi William,

    Film users who scan their results have the option of using Photoshop
    to correct the distortion, but on a 35mm forum, had I assumed that, I
    would have been guilty of presumption. ;-)

    Noting that the OP has ordered a Nikon F100, I looked on eBay to see
    what F100 bodies were selling for. The prices astonished me!

    This sure is a good time for people to convert from digital to
    (superior) 35mm film.

    Tony Polson, Sep 17, 2006
  6. You bet! I almost wish I had waited a few years before I bought all my
    equipment and got back into photography.....But, you know, you can wait, and
    wait, and pretty soon, one day, you wake up dead....Besides, the real
    quality in photographic equipment lies in the lenses anyway, and they are
    necessary regardless of what kind of recording medium you are
    using.....Someday, these digital types will realize that......It is nice,
    however, to compensate for a little barrel and pincushion with the CS2
    program....And, the other day, I used the vignetting compensation on an old
    slide to brighten the corners a little bit.....Now, if Adobe could just
    figure out a way to fix one that's out of focus.......
    William Graham, Sep 17, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Yes, it's like deciding when to buy a computer, knowing that prices
    will inevitably fall while specifications get better. But if you
    wait, you don't gain the benefit of the computer in the meantime.
    100% true.
    Somehow, I doubt that. So many of them put all their effort into
    learning more and more manipulations in Photoshop while being
    astonishingly ignorant about optics, exposure, focusing, depth of
    field etc....
    Yes, it is extremely useful. But it is not the be-all and end-all of
    I think you'll find that Adobe and independent developers are working
    furiously to achieve that. A few months ago, I saw a demo of a
    product under development that went further than I could have
    believed. I was asked to become a beta tester but I was, and still
    am, too busy. Unfortunately the digital age has made photography
    harder work than it was. ;-)
    Tony Polson, Sep 18, 2006
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    Kinon O'cann Guest

    I used one for a while, and found it to be a little soft wide open at the
    wide end, but very good to excellent when stopped down, especially at the
    tele end. The zooming motion was stiff, though. The VR worked nicely, and AF
    was quick and positive, as well. Overall, a very good lens that was a
    wonderful travel lens. Quality was not up to the standard of Nikon's pro
    lenses, like the 28-70 2.8 AFS lens, which is a gem.
    Kinon O'cann, Sep 18, 2006
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    Steve Bosell Guest

    Thanks! Yeah I'll bet it is a "gem" but I can't afford $1200 for a lens!
    Steve Bosell, Sep 18, 2006
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