Nikon 24-120 F4 VR - Good but not stellar

Started Oct 4, 2010 | Discussions thread
pc168
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24-120 vs 16-35
In reply to PaulW2020, Oct 4, 2010

I'm also using D700 and more interested in comparing this lens against 16-35 F4. I know the 16-35 F4 is a sharp lens. If just for pixel peeping (100% original size), is the 16-35 F4 obviously sharper than the new 24-120? If so, I'm a bit disappointed.

Initially I wanted to get the new 28-300 VR. After thorough considerable (mainly for IQ), I decided to separate it into 2 zooms. Recenty got the Tamron SP 70-300 VC which is quite sharp even wide open. For the wide end, I have 2 options in mind, namely 16-35 F4 VR and 24-120 F4 VR. If 16-35 F4 is much sharper, then I won't consider the 24-120.

PaulW2020 wrote:

My pre-order of this lens arrived Friday and I've had the weekend to try it out and compare it to my other lenses.

I went on to compare at the Nikon 16-35 f4 lens at 24, 28 and 35mm. Overall this is a sharper lens than the 24-120 f4 - particularly wide open but even at f8 and f11. The difference at f8 and f11 is pretty small but noticable if pixel peeping. So again at 6 by 4 print size no difference - at poster size a small difference.

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