Nikon 24-120mm question

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Vic Chapman
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Nikon 24-120mm question
Jun 18, 2009

I've come over from the D100-300 forum. I'm considering moving up to a D700 and this would mean selling my D200 and D300 plus Nikon 18-200, Tokina 12-24 and Sigma 70-300. I will keep my Nikon 50mm and Sigma 50-500 both of which are FX lenses. Recently several members of the D300 forum have rediscovered the usefulness of the previously maligned 18-200 VR as a walkabout lens and I'm wondering whether the apparently poor reputation of the FX 24-120 is as ill-deserved. When I'm out to take photographs I use my walkabout lens except when I know I will need a more specialist lens. The Bigma for birds, safaris, wildlife in general, motor racing, airshows etc and the wide angle for buildings, interiors and exagerated perspective. Most of my work is landscape based and for this I prefer not to use wide angles - indeed most of my general photography seems to use from 28-90mm (FX equiv) with only occasional excursions towards 200mm. I change lenses with reluctance and being an old fart from pre zoom film days I prefer to use my legs rather than swap lens where this is enough to make the difference and sometimes (eg. safaris), I carry 2 bodies. One will be fitted with the walkabout and the other with either 12-24 or 50-500mm depending on the photographic situation but the 18-200 walkabout will almost always get the most use.

So lens snobbery and pixel peeping at lens charts aside - in real life photography, is the 24-120mm a good lens when matched with the D700 or do I need to immediately budget for a FX 24-70mm and a second longer (independent?), lens which may well be enough to deter me from upgrading.

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