Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Review

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April 12, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

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#1 TaoTeJared

Great review!  Hit the high points and often overlooked bokeh very well.  Your images showed sharpness and great skill:)

I would love to see a portraiture of something at 24-28mm (closer) range at F4.  That was the only thing on my check list I didn’t see. 

Any thoughts on ability of dust to enter in from the extended barrel or how fragile it may be when extended? 

I have the older lens and it is a real Love-Hate relationship especially on DX.  I am glad to see they finely came out with something worth while with the 24-120mm range.  Great portrait/walk around range on DX.

9:58 am - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#2 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Thank you for your kind words.

I would not call the lens fragile when extended - of course you will always want to be careful when handling it, it’s a precision instrument after all -, but it’s a pretty solid lens. Some dust may be sucked in during zoom operation, as with any lens with a non-internal zoom mechanism, but I think you would have to shoot for an extended time in a very dusty/sandy environment in order for the dust/sand to make it into the optical path or cause mechanical problems.

As to portraits in the 24-28mm range, I do not think I would ever use a lens that wide for any kind of portraiture - I suppose I would stop at 35mm even for an environmental portrait, and definitely use a telephoto lens (or the telephoto range of a zoom lens) for anything tighter. But it might be just me… Group shots are a different thing; I would not hesitate using this lens at around the wide end for that if I had a large group of people to photograph.

1:51 pm - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#3 Larry Lourcey

Great post.  Looks like another killer addition to the Nikon line.  Just another thing I “need” in my camera bag!

Twitter: @larryphoto

12:49 am - Thursday, April 14, 2011

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