Mach Schnell

Lives in United States Chicago USA, IL, United States
Works as a Market Research Manager
Has a website at www.pbase.com/fotofanatik
Joined on Apr 8, 2004
About me:

Semi-pro photographer. Shoot weddings, family portraits, produce prints for other photographers. 5 Nikon SLR bodies, 12 lenses, 3 flashes, and way too many camera bags.

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Mach Schnell's recent activity

  • Pricing is completely relative to the purchaser.  It has nothing to do with the performance or quality of the lens. I would challenge you to put your 24-70, 70-200, and the 24-120 to a test.  Shoot ...
  • Virtually every zoom lens is weakest at its longest focal and largest f-stop.  This applies to the 24-120 as well.  I try no to shoot beyond about 90mm wide open.  Stop it down to f/8 and it ...
  • Why are so many people in this thread bashing the 24-120?  It doesn't get bad reviews, at least not from professional reviewers.  All the reviews I have read are good to very good ...
  • Seems to me the only reason to go with the 24-120 is if you anticipate switching to FX at some point.  The 24-120 is an excellent lens.  I shoot with it all the time on a D800e.  I cannot vouch ...
  • Okay, that is an odd comment.  Seems like the camera sensor and signal to noise ratio are completely independent of the lens.  Yes, a f/2.8 lens will let in twice as much light as f/4, but only ...
  • Great shots.  Thanks for sharing.
  • I find these images quite grainy for such low ISOs.  Any idea what is going on here?  Is sharpening or some other post process adding to the grain?
  • Thank you for the review Winslow.  I debated purchasing this lens for several months.  During that time I read numerous reviews, including yours.  I finally bit the bullet two weeks ago. Controlled ...
  • On my last trip to Europe, with my wife, I took a D800e with 24-120 f/4 and 16-35 f/4 lenses. I hardly used the super-wide zoom. Next time I'll leave it behind and travel even lighter. Here is a ...
  • Replied in bash, bash, bash
    Why is there so much negativity toward this lens on this thread?  Real reviewers like and recommend the 24-120.  Real world use yields favorable results.  I can print images taken with this lens ...
  • Refurbished lenses from Nikon are usually just fine.  Often they have just been returned because the buyer changed their mind.  And they can't be sold as new anymore.  The big catch is in the ...
  • I recently bit the bullet and purchased a refurbished 50mm f/1.8G lens.  It looks new and performs great.  However, it did not come in a gold Nikon box.  More importantly, it only has a 90 day ...
  • I have both lenses. Both are quite good optically.  Obviously one has longer reach.  The biggest difference is build quality.  The 18-105 has a plastic mount, something you usually only find in ...
  • You may not be happy with the image quality of the 70-200 at 200mm with a 2x teleconverter.  There is definitely a loss of quality in that combination. By itself, the 200-500 will give you more ...
  • 14-24mm f/2.8 70-200mm f/2.8 200-400mm f/4 600mm f/4
  • Nice shots.  Good lighting and composition.  Thanks for sharing.  There are lots of us pining for that lens.  Would you mind sharing a few details on technique?  Handheld with VR?  Or on a ...
  • Commented on article Fujifilm X70 Review

    How much harder would it have been to make the lens f/1.8 instead of f/2.8?

  • Replied in 18-105
    I have the 18-140 with a D5500.  It is a fine lens but a bit bulky and heavy for such a small camera body (D3xxx or D5xxx). The 18-105 is a little smaller and lighter than the 18-140.  Plus you ...
  • No one has mentioned zooms.  The 18-35mm will be far more versatile than a 24mm prime.  Yes, you'll need to stop it down a bit to be as sharp as the prime.  But you'll be able to get more shots ...
  • Thanks for posting this test.  I would say this lens is performing quite well for you. I wonder how much of the corner softness is due to field curvature.  Maybe that is not the proper term for it. ...
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