Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!

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MustAg
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Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!
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So I should open this by saying that I do too many different kinds of photography for a single lens to cut it, but that makes this all the more impressive. The 24-70mm focal length is very useful for travel/street/walkaround, the lens is lightweight (comparatively), it feels solid and nice in the hand, and it's optically excellent!!

Sharpness is great across the frame, and chromatic aberration and color fringes are practically non-existent, plus it focuses pretty close and can do basic macro work. It's not replacing my Tamron 90mm SP VC F017 (thank you for the name Tamron...) but it certainly does a remarkable job for a zoom as you can see in the pics below. AF is very good and silent, tho I needed +1 AF fine tune for my sample, and there's little in terms of focus breathing.

One thing that sometimes gets overlooked, as you can see in one pic, I was shooting in the middle of a blizzard and weather sealing was surprisingly good with my Z50 body.

To top it off, it can be had for a bargain nowadays, got mine open box for 500 bucks, but it seems the price for a standalone brand new one is a bit steep. It certainly is worth the investment tho over something like the 16-50mm F4.5-6.3, the de facto Z50 kit lens. Now I admit since I'm moving to FF soon the latter isn't an option for me, but even disregarding that, 50mm at F6.3 is borderline useless for my needs.. I mean the thing doesn't open wider than F4.5 at 16mm, that is, and I don't use this word lightly, abysmal.

Drawbacks.. no VR? But that hasn't stopped me from getting good results from it with proper technique. F4 without VR will get the same results of the VR kit lens with a bit of technique maybe. Not to mention the better zoom range.

Z50 - 24mm - F/13 - 1/60S - ISO 100

Z50 - 58mm - F/4 - 1/640S - ISO 160

Z50 - 42mm - F/14 -1/200S - ISO 100

Z50 - 70mm - F/10 - 13S -ISO 100

Z50 - 30mm - F/9 - 1/400S - ISO 320

Z50 - 59mm - F/5 - 1/60S - ISO 160

Z50 - 70mm - F/7.1 - 1/60S - ISO 100

Z50 - 24mm - F/14 - 1/200S - ISO 100

Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 Nikon Z50
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bluzman
bluzman Contributing Member • Posts: 986
Re: Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!
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You'll get no argument from me. I love this lens on my Z50.

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maljo@inreach.com Veteran Member • Posts: 7,996
Very nice
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I also like this lens.  Really sharp and lightweight.

maljo

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Sorensen Regular Member • Posts: 377
Re: Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!
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Great pictures, MustAg! Especially the one with strawberries, and the one with the animal.

shadowlands
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Re: Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!
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I shot these with it. Awesome lens indeed!

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Sorensen Regular Member • Posts: 377
Re: Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!

Great pictures, Shadowlands!

Very fine, natural colors!

shadowlands
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Re: Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!

Sorensen wrote:

Great pictures, Shadowlands!

Very fine, natural colors!

I appreciate you taking the time. Thanks!

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Raul Veteran Member • Posts: 8,595
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Beautiful 😻

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MustAg
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Re: Sample gallery from my Z24-70 F/4 S, my new favorite walk around lens!
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Amazing shots!

Qbalion
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Very nice pictures and a good idea. I've been thinking about it but skipped for now until I am almost sure I will go for FX one day.

But it seems now that there are pretty many offers of used 24-70f/4 in good price. People are replacing it with f/2.8 and it could be not that bad idea to buy one...

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Brueghel
Brueghel Senior Member • Posts: 1,040
How does it compare with the 16-80 DX ?
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I now use a Z50. Usually with the FTZ and my old DX 16-80mm zoom

Would you know how the Z 24-70 F4 S compares, when on the Z50 and in the common range (35-80mm) ?

Your pics are great and seem to indicate there is a clear IQ improvement (at least in terms of sharpness). But I am no specialist and I assume it takes a hands-on experience to judge

TIA

Note: the bottom line is elsewhere: although the 36-105 range is interesting, it is constraining for what should be an all purpose lens.

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MustAg
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Re: How does it compare with the 16-80 DX ?

IQ on these new Z lenses is insane, but the other main advantage is AF speed. The FTZ isn't bad or anything but Z glass is designed with the new mirrorless cameras in mind and can take full advantage of their AF.

Brueghel
Brueghel Senior Member • Posts: 1,040
in other words

MustAg wrote:

IQ on these new Z lenses is insane, but the other main advantage is AF speed. The FTZ isn't bad or anything but Z glass is designed with the new mirrorless cameras in mind and can take full advantage of their AF.

Poor us, Z50 users, sitting at the gates of paradise with Nikon throwing at us random morsels of the cake

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rbmphoto Senior Member • Posts: 1,768
No...
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He did not address your question... (Although his images are great 🙂)

I actually have both lens, and have used both on my Z50. I prefer the 16-80. Very, very similar IQ. Broader coverage on the 16-80, and VR which is not built into the 24-70.

Focus acquisition and focus accuracy, also so close as to be identical.

On my Z7 however, the full frame coverage of the larger sensor improves IQ of the 24-70 over the 16-80’s dx coverage.

IMO, use your 16-80 on your z50, you have a superior lens for that camera.

good luck!

Brueghel
Brueghel Senior Member • Posts: 1,040
Re: No...

Thank you very much for your post.

If I understand you right, the 24-70 F4 S is kind of an overkill on the Z50. Not so on the sensors of its larger cousins (at least the Z7) in the unlikely case one uses a DX lens on the Z7

I love the 16-80 but it is not light ans small. If you add the FTZ the result is kind of strange (one of the reasons I bought this camera was its size, but I lose this advantage quickly )))

In my context, the only times when I am acutely aware of AF perfomance are when I have the chance to see neat birds. And then I am normally using the only piece of hardware I ever fell in love with (the 300mm PF F4).

In any case, thanks again. Very useful info.

P

PS: I perfectly realized that he did not really answer my question. But I appreciate people who take the time to answer, even if imperfectly

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rbmphoto Senior Member • Posts: 1,768
Not really...
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The 24-70 is not overkill, it is more limited on the z50 than the 16-80. On the Z7, the 24-70 let’s one use the full benefit of the larger sensor, albeit with limited range. However, having used it extensively on the Z7, I would always prefer the 2.8s version, or a prime - the kit lens is a great kit lens, but at the end of the day, it still is a kit lens. But as the op showed - you can get very good pics using it with proper technique with still subjects.

If af performance is important to you, let me suggest a Z6/Z7, or the ii versions of each, with your 300mm lens. Useful as the z50 may be, it is not in the same AF class, by far, as its semipro ff z big brothers. Something Clint E .said about knowing one’s limits...

In summary, I’m not sure what you would gain by spending money on a 24-70 4.0 s for your z50. I also believe that you would get greater satisfaction with your beloved 300mm lens on a larger z body with better af, and ibis for that matter. Your d7100 is probably more responsive, but less accurate, than the z50 with the 300mm. For af response, it is tough to beat the dslr’s compared to mirrorless, however you take a large step up in mirrorless response by going to the single digit z’s.

again, good luck!

Qbalion
Qbalion Contributing Member • Posts: 571
Re: No...

Brueghel wrote:

Thank you very much for your post.

If I understand you right, the 24-70 F4 S is kind of an overkill on the Z50. Not so on the sensors of its larger cousins (at least the Z7) in the unlikely case one uses a DX lens on the Z7

I love the 16-80 but it is not light ans small. If you add the FTZ the result is kind of strange (one of the reasons I bought this camera was its size, but I lose this advantage quickly )))

I share your opinion about the lost weight/size advantage of Z50 when using f-lens with FTZ. Nevertheless, I decided to go for an even bulkier lens - Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. I just assumed I will use such a heavy combo mostly indoors/studio with lower light and without the disadvantage of carrying it that much. When outdoors I try to leave it at home and using just 2 kit lenses + sometimes my Z 50mm prime.

I like such an alternative more than just one medium-size lens with APS-C body - for example Fuji + 18-55 which is still too big to put into the pocket.

Still I am waiting for Nikon or some 3rd party to release a nice native Z-mount universal zoom and UWA zoom. With primes, there is already compact 28mm and 40mm on the Nikkor Z roadmap. I'd like to get rid of FTZ very much but I can wait a year or so:-)

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Brueghel
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Re: Not really...

rbmphoto wrote:

The 24-70 is not overkill, it is more limited on the z50 than the 16-80. On the Z7, the 24-70 let’s one use the full benefit of the larger sensor, albeit with limited range. However, having used it extensively on the Z7, I would always prefer the 2.8s version, or a prime - the kit lens is a great kit lens, but at the end of the day, it still is a kit lens. But as the op showed - you can get very good pics using it with proper technique with still subjects.

If af performance is important to you, let me suggest a Z6/Z7, or the ii versions of each, with your 300mm lens. Useful as the z50 may be, it is not in the same AF class, by far, as its semipro ff z big brothers. Something Clint E .said about knowing one’s limits...

In summary, I’m not sure what you would gain by spending money on a 24-70 4.0 s for your z50. I also believe that you would get greater satisfaction with your beloved 300mm lens on a larger z body with better af, and ibis for that matter. Your d7100 is probably more responsive, but less accurate, than the z50 with the 300mm. For af response, it is tough to beat the dslr’s compared to mirrorless, however you take a large step up in mirrorless response by going to the single digit z’s.

again, good luck!

Thks for the additional comments. I agree with everything you wrote (I was not very precise in my post)

Regarding the move to the bigger brothers, it is really a matter of $$$. Actually a matter of balancing the budgets of photography, astrophotography and my other hobbies

Your remarks on the D7100 vs the Z50 are correct. If I could spend a few days surrounded with BIFs, I would take the Z50. However, if the window of opportunity for BIFs is very small (which it is usually), then the DSLR would offer a (non negligibly) higher hit ratio (Thom would say: "Come on ! Just go out and practice ! It only took me 15 000 photos to master the mirrorless Zs").

In any case, the general state of the planet may be quite depressing but the state of photography is incredibly good. So many great cameras, so many incredible lenses !

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Brueghel
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Re: No...

Qbalion wrote:

Brueghel wrote:

Thank you very much for your post.

If I understand you right, the 24-70 F4 S is kind of an overkill on the Z50. Not so on the sensors of its larger cousins (at least the Z7) in the unlikely case one uses a DX lens on the Z7

I love the 16-80 but it is not light ans small. If you add the FTZ the result is kind of strange (one of the reasons I bought this camera was its size, but I lose this advantage quickly )))

I share your opinion about the lost weight/size advantage of Z50 when using f-lens with FTZ. Nevertheless, I decided to go for an even bulkier lens - Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. I just assumed I will use such a heavy combo mostly indoors/studio with lower light and without the disadvantage of carrying it that much. When outdoors I try to leave it at home and using just 2 kit lenses + sometimes my Z 50mm prime.

I like such an alternative more than just one medium-size lens with APS-C body - for example Fuji + 18-55 which is still too big to put into the pocket.

Still I am waiting for Nikon or some 3rd party to release a nice native Z-mount universal zoom and UWA zoom. With primes, there is already compact 28mm and 40mm on the Nikkor Z roadmap. I'd like to get rid of FTZ very much but I can wait a year or so:-)

I "complain" a lot (on DPR) about the conundrum Nikon has created with the Z50. But it is partly overblown: I can wait a bit more for a larger choice of APS-C Z-lenses

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Qbalion
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Re: No...

Brueghel wrote:

Qbalion wrote:

Brueghel wrote:

I love the 16-80 but it is not light ans small. If you add the FTZ the result is kind of strange (one of the reasons I bought this camera was its size, but I lose this advantage quickly )))

I share your opinion about the lost weight/size advantage of Z50 when using f-lens with FTZ. Nevertheless, I decided to go for an even bulkier lens - Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. I just assumed I will use such a heavy combo mostly indoors/studio with lower light and without the disadvantage of carrying it that much. When outdoors I try to leave it at home and using just 2 kit lenses + sometimes my Z 50mm prime.

I like such an alternative more than just one medium-size lens with APS-C body - for example Fuji + 18-55 which is still too big to put into the pocket.

Still I am waiting for Nikon or some 3rd party to release a nice native Z-mount universal zoom and UWA zoom. With primes, there is already compact 28mm and 40mm on the Nikkor Z roadmap. I'd like to get rid of FTZ very much but I can wait a year or so:-)

I "complain" a lot (on DPR) about the conundrum Nikon has created with the Z50. But it is partly overblown: I can wait a bit more for a larger choice of APS-C Z-lenses

It is OK for me to wait because I currently started to participate in a photography course to improve my skills and also to better understand what do I really like to shoot and are able to shoot with good outcome ;-). During the year Nikon and third party will most probably announce their DX stuff - bodies and lenses.

So the autumn '21 will be far better moment for me to decide if to stay with DX or to jump to FX or maybe to stay with both: DX for long-range outdoors and adventure trips and FX for indoors/studio where faster and heavier stuff doesn't bother but rewards with shallower DoF and better IQ in low light.

Just need to keep being patient

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