24-120mm vr question??

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Bill N, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Bill N

    Bill N Guest

    Dear readers,
    Been looking for something with a little more reach and VR to use for street type shots. I have been using a 18-70 so far. I am hoping I won't miss the wide end too much but, figured it might be worth the trade. (thought about the 18-200 but that model has me PO'd a little as to the price gouging and such going on)

    I purchased a used 24-120VR from KEH so I will have 30 days to return if there is a problem. Read that some, appear to be earlier/previous models, had some softness issues. Anything else you might be able to pass my way to keep an eye out for?

    Thanks in advance, Bill
     
  2. Mine was tack sharp from 24 to 120 at f8 or f11. Other than that it was disappointing and I sold it. I'm now using a Sigma 24-60/2.8. Lenses with huge ranges, 24-120, 18-200, etc almost invariably have to make compromises somewhere and I am frankly surprised at how good some of them are. Perhaps you'll like your 24-120 and I hope you do. Be well and shoot lots!
     
  3. Gr8Tr1x

    Gr8Tr1x Guest

    I use my 24-120mm on my IR camera. Its a fine lens...it does need to bestopped down a bit.
     
  4. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    I loved my 24-120vr on my D100, in fact it was that camera's constant companion during the day. Don't think that VR is going to make it a fast lens though, it isn't. I found it to be very sharp at f/8 and reasonably sharp wider than that, in fact I often used it wide open and was/am happy with the results.

    I now keep the 24-120vr lens on my N80 film camera - oh yeah, it's a full frame 35mm lens, as opposed to the 18-200 that replaced it, which is DX only.

    Here's an example on film:
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    and here's several on digital:
    http://radio.weblogs.com/0101365/stories/2004/09/07/photosTakenWithThe24120vrN.html
     
  5. Honestly for $500 or so it's a great buy.
    It does not stand up well when people invariably compare it to their 17-35 or 85.1.4 or 70-200......but....duh, as my kids say.

    For the $ it's fine.

    I would, however, miss the wide end of your 18mm.....24mm is a good bit less wide. I like wide.
     
  6. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Vernon! Good to see you doc! But I gotta take a tiny bit of issue with your faint praise. My 24-120vr is my 'magic' lens - when I absolutely MUST get the picture, it's the one I put on.
     
  7. Bill N

    Bill N Guest

    Thanks for posting the image Chris. Thanks to others for all your input. I am looking forward to giving the lens some time in the field. I think I will just hang onto my 18-70 for now, just in case I miss the wide side it offers.

    If all these F100 bodies keep showing up around the $200 price tag I might have to give the lens a try on that body. Good way to thin out some of the film that has collected in the freezer! Just brakes my heart to see that fine camera body being sold so cheap.

    Thanks again, Bill
     
  8. I bought the 24-120VR, then I bought Tokina 12-24, then I no longer use 18-70 (not wide enough, not long enough for me ) .. except for IR shots..
     
  9. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Works great for a street photography..lol
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