24 - 120 VR Questions

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by JustinD, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. I've read a lot of reviews about this lens and what I'm getting is that it's really only okay. I'd like to get some input from actual users (people who bought it) about sharpness, falloff, etc.

    Is it a sharp lens? Some of the sample images I saw from it were a tad soft for whatever reason. Granted, it could have been due to user error (slow shutter speed, whatever) but I'm still wondering.

    What's it like at the small apertures at the tele end? At the wide end? Same question for when it's wide open?

    Any input would be appreciated. I'm looking at picking it up. Cheers
     
  2. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Here's some of the stuff I've done with this lens:
    http://radio.weblogs.com/0101365/stories/2004/09/07/photosTakenWithThe24120vrN.html

    I find that the biggest user error I commit with the 24-120vr is to shoot sloppy style. You need to hold the lens, just like a non-vr lens, PLUS wait half a second until the VR takes hold. You can see the image wiggle for about that long when shooting. If you don't wait, the resultant photo WILL be soft, or downright oof!
     
  3. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    I'll just ditto what Chris101 said.......and show a photo taken w/24-120VR:
    (and here is a link to the full size 6MP copy if you want to see "sharp & clear"... http://static.flickr.com/18/24077935_d349cd1e18_o.jpg )

    24077935_d349cd1e18_b.
     
  4. general

    general

    Apr 30, 2005
    Nebraska
    Great examples, Chris

    I really enjoyed looking at your 24-120 pictures. Great shots!
     
  5. RForshey

    RForshey Guest

    I had one of the original 24-120s (non-VR) and it certainly was a tad on the soft side. I replaced it with one of the VR models, and it has become my favorite. I use it for probably 85-90% of the images I take. If you look at my gallery, you'll see just how sharp it is..
     
  6. Here's one reason I like it (pics)

    I liked this lens 'till I read about how awful it was so it ended up sitting in my drawer for several months. Then last month I decided that its size and zoom range made it a good choice to pack along for our adventure to China.
    While my 17-55 was the workhorse, this lens really came through for me on a few occasions.
    1/30th / 110 mm
    original.
    w/o the VR I wouldn't have gotten that shot - at least not as good.
    Without the relative small size it would have stayed at home.

    Here's one before I learned about how crummy it was:
    1/50th / 120 mm
    original.

    It does suffer a little at the wide end but isn't that bad
    1/40s f/5.6 at 24.0mm
    original.

    Don
     
  7. Nice pictures of the terracotta warriors in Xian. Man!! That brings back some serious memories of hard seat train travel to Shanxi province last year.

    Thanks for the comments on the lens people! It's appreciated.
     
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