Nikon 24-120 VR

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Tim O'Connor, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. Tim O'Connor

    Tim O'Connor Guest

    Hi all :)

    I used to own the original 24-120, and didnt think it was bad at all, even
    at 120 - Im wondering if this new version a complete departure in optical
    design, or more of an update?
     
    Tim O'Connor, Jul 13, 2003
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    T P Guest


    Obviously the new lens has significantly altered optics due to the
    need to incorporate the VR elements and mechanism. Until actual
    production samples are in the hands of honest reviewers (and that cuts
    out a great many magazines and web sites) we can only speculate.
     
    T P, Jul 13, 2003
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    T P Guest

    .... not to mention the AF-S system!
     
    T P, Jul 13, 2003
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    ajacobs2 Guest

    Well my partner grabbed his before I got mine and popped a wedding on it and
    the results were fabulous.
    Even I am amazed and I had good luck with the conventional 24-120. Feels
    heavier and a tad more solid.
    I also used the 12-24 digital lens on my d100 and the results are on my
    webpage.
    --
    (B>)# I wish you well.....
    Al Jacobson
    Website: www.aljacobs.com see Gen. Tommy Franks, Robert Di Nero, Wayne
    Newton,and a host of others
     
    ajacobs2, Jul 13, 2003
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Nikon 24-120 VR
    Hi Al:

    What was so "amazing" about the lens? Any links to some specific pictures taken
    w/ it (wedding or otherwise) on the web that would show its "amazingness" ;-).
    I truly am curious as to its quality/usefulness, all joking aside.

    TIA

    Regards,

    Lewis

    Check out my photos at "LEWISVISION":

    http://members.aol.com/Lewisvisn/home.htm

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    Lewis Lang, Jul 14, 2003
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  6. Tim O'Connor

    T P Guest


    Without pre-judging Al's response, the designers at Nikon attempted to
    take advantage of the opportunity to cure the softness and pincushion
    distortion of the previous version at the longer focal lengths (above
    80mm or so). I understand from my contacts in Japan that the design
    team feel that they have largely achieved their objective.

    Also, the opportunity must surely have been taken to produce a lens
    whose exit rays are near parallel in order to suit digital SLRs.

    We should not expect miracles from a 5X zoom lens that starts at 24mm,
    but if anyone can make an affordable silk purse in this focal length
    range, it will be Nikon. The previous version was a very good 24-85mm
    lens with the option of going to 120mm, but with "sow's ear" (poorer)
    performance at those longer focal lengths.

    (just my $0.02)
     
    T P, Jul 14, 2003
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  7. Tim O'Connor

    Tim O'Connor Guest

    What effect, in your opinion, will this have on a film camera?

    thanks for the information btw.
    It was definitely softer at the long end, but good enough for 4x6 er's :)
    (what isnt I guess :))
     
    Tim O'Connor, Jul 14, 2003
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Nikon 24-120 VR
    Thanks Tony. Makes me wonder when Minolta and Pentax will come out w/ like
    lenses, or when Nikon will come out w/ something between the N80 and the F100
    (w/ highspeed wireless TTL flash) ;-).

    Regards,

    Lewis

    Check out my photos at "LEWISVISION":

    http://members.aol.com/Lewisvisn/home.htm

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    Lewis Lang, Jul 14, 2003
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    T P Guest

    IMO the effect will either be neutral or good. There cannot be any
    particular virtue or benefit in having light rays strike film at
    oblique angles, and the opposite may well be true.
    That's OK. I'm glad you find it interesting.
    Exactly! I was never a fan of the 24-120mm AF-D Nikkor because of its
    poor performance at the long end. That was until someone pointed out
    to me that it was an *excellent* performer between 24mm and 85mm. He
    was right, and I was more than happy to change my view of this lens.

    The other guy's view was also borne out by the fact that there are
    many travel photographers who swear by (not at!) this Nikkor.

    ;-)
     
    T P, Jul 15, 2003
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  10. Tim O'Connor

    T P Guest


    That's interesting, David. Thank you.
     
    T P, Jul 15, 2003
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    bowser Guest

    I shot a roll yesterday on a tripod, and have shot some using the VR
    function. So far, it looks like an improvement. I'll have the negs tomorrow,
    and will post some samples and comments in a couple of days.
     
    bowser, Jul 15, 2003
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  12. Tim O'Connor

    T P Guest


    If only the decision makers at camera manufacturers
    possessed an imagination such as yours, Lewis!

    In the meantime, use an off-brand Nikon-dedicated TTL
    auto flash gun with a deep red filter on the F100, and
    an SU-4 slave on your second gun ... ?
     
    T P, Jul 15, 2003
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    Wes J Guest


    Isn't this one of the smaller format virtues?
     
    Wes J, Jul 15, 2003
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Nikon 24-120 VR
    LOL :) My funny bone and my ego thank you very much ;-)
    Nah, I'll just have to wait till Konolta or Pentax or Canon buys up Nikon and
    does it right! ;-) :)

    Does anybody know if the current 24-120 "regular" Nikon zoom or the new 24-120
    VR is as excellent optically in sharpness/contrast for large enlargements (at
    the 24mm-50mm focal length range) as my old Nikon 25-50mm/4 AIS which was in a
    class by itself? How do either of these two AF zooms compare in distortion at
    the wide end and flare w/ the older AIS lens?

    TIA

    Regards,

    Lewis

    Check out my photos at "LEWISVISION":

    http://members.aol.com/Lewisvisn/home.htm

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    Lewis Lang, Jul 15, 2003
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