Review 24-200 Z review

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It's arrived! A few quick test shots tell me that:

- At f8 it's almost, but not quite, as good as the 24-70 f4 in terms of overall performance. That's a high accolade since I really rate the 24-70 f4. It's certainly a lot better than "superzooms" of the past.

- Its main optical defect is purple fringing towards the edges of the frame. However, it's easily removed in PP.

- VR in conjunction with the IBIS works well. I can get sharp shots at 1/10s at 200mm.

So, overall, it'll do what I need it to do. Predictably though, it's not quite as good as the Olympus 12-100, esp the VR. The Sync IS combo of the Olympus E-M1ii (or iii) plus 12-100 is just so good as to be unreal (sharp shots at 8s at the wide-end!). Not surprisingly the 24-200 doesn't reach those levels, but I wasn't expecting it to, so that's OK.

I'll hopefully get the chance to take some real shots with it this weekend.
 
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Just got back from a short holiday in the Italian Alps.

The 24-200 ended up being used for almost everything I shot.

I bought it as a one lens solution for hiking and it proved its worth for this sort of photography. With the Z7 it is not too heavy to cart up and down steep footpaths. The 24-200 range covers almost everything. I had the 14-30 in my rucksack, but i just used it once.

For outings with my family, it avoided all those lens changes that get me so much stick.

Frankly, it is also so liberating to have just one camera and lens when I am not doing something very specific or where I want the maximum possible image quality.

I also had the the "right lens" on the camera when I happened across a Marmot on lookout duty. This was never the case with my other systems.

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Had a busy weekend so not really had chance to test out the 24-200 yet. Snatched a couple of shots of the local mill this afternoon though. Weather was grey. Just a few snapshots and crops below (click to view at full size, they're a bit fuzzy when scaled down). All at ISO 64 on a Z7. Shot at f8. LR defaults except for removal of purple fringing with the defringe tool.

View at 200mm:
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View at 24mm:
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Centre crop at 200mm:
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Edge crop at 200mm:
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Centre crop at 24mm:
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Edge crop at 24mm:
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I'm pretty happy with the results actually! :)
 
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My old 28-300 at most critical 300mm, f8.0. The Z7. A huge crop. Just in case if someone needs 300, but 28 is wide enough. Especially there is 14-30 on the shelves. LZ
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