24-120 VR question

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Czechman01, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. A friend of mine has found one of these for $350 and has asked me what I think of the lens.

    I have no first hand experience with one but I seem to recall that it plays to mixed reviews for reasons I can't recall.

    Anyone care to tell me exactly what the issues are with this lens and what (if anything specific) to look for when buying a used one?

    Thanks,
    Woody
     
  2. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Chris101 has some great examples on his photo-web site, from just the 24-120VR.

    I have never seen an actual comparison of photos that shows any "inferiority", but there have been negative opinions expressed. I and everyone that I am aware of that has the 24-120VR find it to be a wonderfully versatile lens that takes fine photos.

    To me, and many others, it is a "perfect" walk-around lens. The VR function is a terrific tool under most circumstances. You might do a search in the forum and you will find many examples of the shots it can produce.

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  3. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    I have had the 24-120 for close to two years now. Its not the sharpest pencil in the box but it does fine. Its a great walk around lens. The VR on it is a marvel. I have taken shots at ridiculously slow shutter speeds with it and gotten good results
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I love the 24-120 and I have gotten very sharp shots with it. It is fast and easy and versitile.
     
  5. Thanks for the help... I'll be sure to pass your comments on.

    Woody
     
  6. stm69

    stm69

    58
    Aug 10, 2005
    There are threads on the dpreview forum that you probably need to look for. The very first samples were considered to be junk, very soft, and had focus issues. You're too look for a high serial # one, I think the cut off is listed on that forum.

    I use a 24-120 VR currently, and it's usable range is fantastic. That being said.... it's not as sharp as even the kit 18-70 lens on the D70 was, nothing a bit of PP won't handle, and it hunts for focus indoors in dimmer light, which is a bummer.

    Sam
     
  7. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    42302044.

    what is not sharp. shot f16 hi noon.
     
  8. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    The spokes on the fly-wheel look a bit blurry... :rolleyes:
     
  9. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    From my rapidly fading memory, the cutoff was near 221000.
     
  10. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Ken, I like that waterhole picture. Oh, and thanks for the referral, but sheesh! You sent people to my main page right when I put that disgusting Aristocrats joke on it! :redface:

    Here's my 24-120vr gallery (caution, it's l o n g ! And I promise, no #&$%.)
     
  11. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Gee, I'm sorry I missed the joke....I see it's removed.....I always mis out on all the fun :Depressed

     
  12. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    lol chris..

    (Guess they are moving and showing the movement which I planned and shot that way. :>)))..)
     
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