WOW...My Nikon 24-120 f/4.0 VR Lens

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Benjamin Kanarek
Benjamin Kanarek Senior Member • Posts: 1,746
WOW...My Nikon 24-120 f/4.0 VR Lens
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I have been testing my Nikon 24-120 f/4.0 VR Lens and all I can say is WOW!!! Really. Just tested it wide open at f4.0 and at 3200 iso and at 1/40th of a second hand held on my Nikon D800 using the 5:4 crop mode and what ever complaints I have heard by some, must be coming from people who have NOT actually used this lens.

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Jose Rocha Senior Member • Posts: 1,028
Re: WOW...My Nikon 24-120 f/4.0 VR Lens

That's not unexpected. Probably all modern lenses are very sharp in the center wide open... Look at the corners and you start seeing the differences.

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SergioSpain Contributing Member • Posts: 509
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this isn't exactly what I would call an ideal test shot. It's not even clear what you're testing, the VR or the IQ, or both. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you like it and I hope it's every bit as good as you think it is, but this shot doesn't prove anything to me.

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Jose Rocha Senior Member • Posts: 1,028
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WOW... Not your sharpness test, but WOW... I went to your website and man, your work is truly beautiful!

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Al Giordano
Al Giordano Senior Member • Posts: 1,129
Re: WOW...My Nikon 24-120 f/4.0 VR Lens

Ben,

I agree.  It's a great lens despite what people say about it.  I think edge sharpness is overrated.  I get a kick out of photographers who complain about edge sharpness, and then add artificial vignetting to their photos for effect.

Like any tool, the 24-120 has a place in many pro shooters camera bags.

p.s. Excellent work on your website.

Al

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hewhosculpts Contributing Member • Posts: 828
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I also own it and shoot with it on a D800. I consider it a good lens but I'm not going to rave about it because frankly I own other lenses, though not in the 35-70 mm range, that are better.

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marshim Regular Member • Posts: 382
+1 I love mine (nt)
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Tim O'Connor
Tim O'Connor Veteran Member • Posts: 4,937
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hewhosculpts wrote:

I also own it and shoot with it on a D800. I consider it a good lens but I'm not going to rave about it because frankly I own other lenses, though not in the 35-70 mm range, that are better.

thats exactly how I feel.  Its a good, but not great lens.  Good 'all rounder' is how I would describe it.

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Benjamin Kanarek
Benjamin Kanarek OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,746
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Jose Rocha wrote:

WOW... Not your sharpness test, but WOW... I went to your website and man, your work is truly beautiful!

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Thanks José

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Photofunster
Photofunster Senior Member • Posts: 1,548
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+1 on thee Nikon 24-120mm lens. It does it's job, and does it well...

I hope we all have many memorable and great experiences,  with all of our Nikon gear...

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onlyfairways Forum Member • Posts: 50
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Thanks for posting Benjamin - I've been considering this lens for myself. It's great to hear from someone who is clearly very talented. I too love your work. I noticed it first in another thread where you commented on the Nikon 85mm f1.8G that you used for the outstanding Harper's Bazaar layout.

Cheers,

B.

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Benjamin Kanarek
Benjamin Kanarek OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,746
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onlyfairways wrote:

Thanks for posting Benjamin - I've been considering this lens for myself. It's great to hear from someone who is clearly very talented. I too love your work. I noticed it first in another thread where you commented on the Nikon 85mm f1.8G that you used for the outstanding Harper's Bazaar layout.

Cheers,

B.

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B.Taylor

Yes the 85 f1.8 G is indeed a stellar lens.

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C. Kurt Holter Regular Member • Posts: 113
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Over the years I've kind of scoffed at the Nikon short and mid-range zooms other than the AF-S f/2.8 lenses. For the last five or six years, my primary goto lens for many jobs has been the 24-70/f2.8, and my backup for that was the 28-70/f.28. I consider both of these very good lenses despite their size and weight.

It dawned on me that that I really do frequently use the 24-70 at the 24mm end, and I was ready to buy another one to replace the 28-70 backup. The plan was to sell the 28-70, since the resale value on these remains strong.

I shoot a lot of corporate events and a lot if what I'd describe as corporate photojournalism. For the last year or so, I'm living in high ISO land a lot of the time.

On the advice of another photographer friend whose opinion I really trust, and still on a whim, I ordered a 24-120/f4 instead.

I've bought somewhere north of 100 high quality lenses in all my years in this business, but I have never been so happily surprised by the performance and usability of a lens as I have with this one.

I realize that in terms of test specs, on paper this lens supposedly lacks in a few areas. Nearly all of the issues with this lens are corrected by turning on Lens Correction in ACR and/or Lightroom.

But, I am amazed at how good it is wide open, and throughout the focal range.

I've said it before, but I think the 24-120/f4 is a real unsung hero. It's my primary short to mid-range zoom, and my 24-70/f2.8 (which is still a killer lens and I love) is now my backup.

MisterHairy Senior Member • Posts: 2,075
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Just two observations:

1. This lens works as advertised when used by a competent photographer. Can it really be that he has the only good one made by Nikon ever?

2. When said photographer actually has a body of high quality work behind him and some real credibility, the usual forum "experts" who fall over themselves to declare this lens unusable go awfully quiet.

No real surprises on either point there, but noteworthy nonetheless.

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VertigonA380 Senior Member • Posts: 1,133
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I have just been looking at your portfolios ...... and really I have so much admiration for your work, it's not just creative and technically brilliant but it's unique, carefully considered and your model selection is brilliant.

By then end of it I got sad, because I know as an amateur I will never push out one photo like that.

But, finally I came across the work of a true photographer, thanks for being alive.

Benjamin Kanarek
Benjamin Kanarek OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,746
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VertigonA380 wrote:

I have just been looking at your portfolios ...... and really I have so much admiration for your work, it's not just creative and technically brilliant but it's unique, carefully considered and your model selection is brilliant.

By then end of it I got sad, because I know as an amateur I will never push out one photo like that.

But, finally I came across the work of a true photographer, thanks for being alive.

WOW…Thanks so much for your kind words! Really! Don't be hard on yourself. My images wouldn't be what they are without teams of amazing talent I am privileged to work with to make things happen.

Kind Regards and Happy Holidays

Ben

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VertigonA380 Senior Member • Posts: 1,133
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Happy holidays to you too Ben!!

Benjamin Kanarek
Benjamin Kanarek OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,746
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VertigonA380 wrote:

Happy holidays to you too Ben!!

Thanks a lot! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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Dallas_TX Regular Member • Posts: 234
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Yep. I agree with you 100%. I own a shameful number of lenses and hands down the Nikon 24-120mm is my favorite lens. Can you believe that that is also a "kit" lens for some of the bodies?

Anyone who says it's not an exceptional lens is mistaken.

Op, good post, thanks.

Benjamin Kanarek
Benjamin Kanarek OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,746
Re: WOW...My Nikon 24-120 f/4.0 VR Lens

Dallas_TX wrote:

Yep. I agree with you 100%. I own a shameful number of lenses and hands down the Nikon 24-120mm is my favorite lens. Can you believe that that is also a "kit" lens for some of the bodies?

Anyone who says it's not an exceptional lens is mistaken.

Op, good post, thanks.

Indeed! Highly under rated lens.

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