Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S
Posted 05 September 2010 - 16:00
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 13:12
- Very solid build.
- Focus ring moves like the one on the 24/1.4G...i.e. smoothly and damped.
- Well corrected for CA.
- Pincushion/barrel distortion noticable but should be an easy fix in PP.
- Chatters a little (like the 28-300G) during AF operation.
- A potential dust-into-mirror-chamber-pusher as it really moves air when zoomed!
Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:25
nanshe_village_20101217_4889 by ? Ricardson Williams, on Flickr
NIKON D3S | AF VR Zoom 24-120mm f/4G IF-ED | É/4 | 1/125 | ISO900
nanshe_village_20101212_4704 by ? Ricardson Williams, on Flickr
NIKON D3S | AF VR Zoom 24-120mm f/4G IF-ED | É/8 | 1/125 | ISO11400
Posted 12 January 2011 - 15:05
* it is tack sharp
* the VR is very helpful in low light
* its smaller size and less weight compared to the AF-S 24-70/2.8
On the other hand I can confirm all previous remarks from Stenrasmussen.
So, in total a mixed-package BUT the "Likes" are far ahead the minor issues or "Dislikes" with only one exception: the vignetting with f4 at 24mm ...
Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:30
It is very sharp, and when corrected in pp for the inevitable distortion and CA that such a wide-tele zoom will have it displays very good image quality. Obviously not as good as specialist prime lenses might display, but for a GP lens it really is quite excellent.
The following is not meant as an example of good photography, but is simply a snap I took today using the lens in the general purpose conditions that it shines in. Although it handles more difficult situations quite well (such as low light and back light), in more average situations such as this (front/side sunlight outdoors, relatively high contrast, lots of detail) the lens is bordering on being superb.
120mm, 1/1600 @ f/8, 400 ISO, hand held, (just normal pp & save-for-web optimization, 100% crop area in red):
Note that it has resolved the articulated double arms of the windshield wipers on the bridge in the shadows. It also appears beyond the capabilities of the D3s sensor as well, given the choppiness of some of the fine oblique lines.
Posted 25 February 2011 - 16:36
Well I have now used the lens for a bit including a week away in Norfolk. Some comments
The lens is marked Made in Thailand and the build quality is good with a mixture of metal and engineering plastics. (Interesting the street price and construction is very similar to the Made in Japan 16-35 f/4, I thought that the Thai manufacturing facility had much lower costs than the Japanese facility so either the 24-120 is an inherently higher cost product than the 16-35 which I find hard to believe or the price will drop more in the future.)
On my D700 the lens balances well and at the 35mm end of the zoom range is reasonably compact (at the 24mm end the 24-120 is noticably more compact than the 16-35).
I did some test on distortion around f/8 f/9 by photographing the North Sea horizon (10 to 20 miles so effectively infinity, here are the results
Noticable is the marked barrel distortion at the 24mm end which quickly disappears on zooming in to 28mm, at 35mm curvilinear distortion is absent but then at 50mm pincushion distortion has set in and stays right out to 120mm. The latest RC version of Lightroom includes distortion correction for the lens, the distortion is in any case "simple" so fairly easy to correct in, for instance, Capture One 6.
Edit 21 march 2012. After using this lens more the distortion characteristics are really getting to me, you see the amount of image you loose when correcting the distortion in Lightroom with auto cropping on. In some cases even the D700 reduced field coverage is cropped - not much point in having a 100% coverage viewfinder camera like D3/D4 or D800 if you are going to have to allow for cropping after distortion correction. I have reduced my score to 3.
Edited by Dave Rosser, 21 March 2012 - 12:20 .
Posted 17 March 2011 - 13:30
100% crop here - the fireman is depositing the key for the single track section of line he has just left on the signal for the signalman to collect:-
Posted 22 April 2011 - 16:02
Sharpness, versatility, color accuracy, contrast, speed and mechanical accuracy are all excellent.
Posted 23 April 2011 - 02:20
Edited by Dallas, 23 April 2011 - 07:04 .
Removed photos - too large.
Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:18
Posted 02 May 2011 - 14:20
I'm really impressed about the performances.
Colour and definition are quite good, but what is even more useful is the VR II system.
The image stabilization system of the previous model was quite effective, but this one is really exceptional. I've been able to shoot a big number of perfectly still art images using a shutter time of 1/25-1/15 sec. (sometime even longer) always hand helded (and... let me say that my personal main problem while shooting is that I'm always shaking)
So... I would assign at least 5 star on this aspect (4 star is my general evaluation).
At this link you find a (downsized) detail of an image (roughly the 70% of the original frame):
main exif data:
Nikkor AFS VR II 24-120 f4 (38mm)
shutter 1/6 sec (hand helded)
It has been shot in Sabbioneta (Italy) it's a detail of an old roof, during all the visit to this ancient noble house I shot several natural light images always hand helded. The results are always perfect even enlarged 100%.
I did some comparison tests among the following Nikkor lenses:
AFS VRII 24-120 f4
AFS 24-70 f2.8
AFS VR 18-105 DX f3.5-5.6
AFS VR 18-55 DX f3.5-5.6
AFS VR 70-200 f2.8 (first version)
Nikkor AI 80-200 f4.5 (latest version)
OK... let's forget right away the 18-105 and the 18-55, honest multirole lenses but not comparable with the others (wide open at 24mm the 18-55 appears slightly better than the 18-105).
I shot using a D7000 fixed on a tripod
Indeed, it is quite difficult to find the best or the worse (relatively worse), among these really good lenses, as even enlarged more than the 100%, all the images have a quality very similar (if shot at the same stop number).
In few words: the overall quality is almost equivalent. In my opinion the choice between the 24-120 and the 24-70 is up to the real needs of the photographer. A sport-reportage photographer can chose the 24-120 with the absolute assurance that the quality will never be jeopardized. In my opinion the effectiveness of the VR II sys makes the 24-120 more attractive.
Last feedback: a special mention goes to the old 80-200 f4.5 which quality is still oustanding (probably the best of the bounch at 80mm stopped to f5.6) get it right away if you find one... It's not a sport lens, but the colour rendition and the sharpness are a real pleasure.
24-120 negative aspect: the price is quite high for such a lens even missing of a weather sealed construction.
Sometime I'm asking to myself... about the real market awareness of the Nikon's designer, as such a multi purpose-reportage and expensive lens should has been designed having more of the end-user needs in mind. (so... 1 star about this to Nikon)
Edited by gsabbio, 09 May 2011 - 07:17 .
Posted 18 November 2011 - 08:26
I was a fierce proponent of the 24-120, but eventually realized it wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, and replaced it with the 28-70/2.8. I shot a number of weddings with the Beast, but it got little use after I moved to the full frame d700. It took me a year to decide to sell the 28-70/2.8 to fund a 24-120/4VR. The lens balances nicely on the d700...
and the 24-120 range fits my interests better than the 28-70. I'm still in the learning process, but I think it's an exciting lens and that I've made a good purchase.
Posted 21 November 2011 - 13:15
24mm 1/800 f/7.1
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