Some thoughts on the Z24-200

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I had a few days down in Liguria to use the 24-200 in the spirit of what it was designed to do and the sort of photography it is aimed at.

I think this is a lens where the optical shortcomings are more than compensated by the practical advantages in the field.

Much of the time I was out and about with my wife; photography was a secondary activity for what was mainly a beach holiday. We all know that non photographers mostly get impatient with us when we stop and take pictures. Changing lenses raises groans. Well at least with this lens that problem is resolved. The range of this lens is far broader than the typical photographer's three lens setup (28 50 135) when I first shot film back in the 70's.

Carrying around on my Z7 was not a heavy bugbear as it would be with my D810 +24-120. In fact it is just a few grams heavier than an Olympus EM1 +12-100, the other travel set up I considered. It was in fact quite refreshing just to have one lens and one camera on a few times when I wandered around alone.

I mostly left my camera bag in the hotel, apart from one outing where I had the clear aim of doing some architectural photography and therefore took the "right" lenses. I think this is makes my Z7 a bit duel purpose. With the 24-200 I have a great casual travel camera. But on the other hand using more specialised lenses, I have a very powerful system camera too. I am wondering if my D800/810 that I use for F lenses are really needed.

One thing I noticed is how many of my shots hardly needed any colour or tone adjustment when I loaded them into the Raw processor. The metering is that good compared to my old EM5.

The only big problem I have at the moment is that DXO have not yet made a lens profile. It is quite simple though to do the missing adjustments in post to barrel/ pincushion distortion, CA and vignetting. Capture 1 Express and NX-D can read the Nikon lens data.

Here are a few casual travel shots of Chiavari on the Riviera di Levante in Liguria

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Thank you for the great review and wonderful photos to show off the lens. I totally understand the feeling you have about being with people who get impatient. You can't blame them and anything we can do to make it faster is a plus!!
 

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Thank you for the great review and wonderful photos to show off the lens. I totally understand the feeling you have about being with people who get impatient. You can't blame them and anything we can do to make it faster is a plus!!
But our travel companions always want to see great pictures after the trip!
 

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