The only lens that travels with me, when I want to travel light.
20 May 2013
Summary: I was torn between the 24-70 f/2.8 and this one. Budget restriction and VR tipped the scale and I went for the 24-120 f/4. And what a good choice it was! I have a (brand new) D800E and the combination is awesome. The 24-120 f/4 actually delivers sharp (very!) images, is not that heavy (compare with a 70-200 f/2.8 and you'll understand what I mean) and covers a very acceptable range from close ups to medium distance zoom. Highly recommended.
Summary: AFTER REVIEWING RESOLUTION FIGURES ON THE 24-70/2.8 NIKON, THE 24-120/4 NIKON AND MY OLD 28-105/2.8 TAMRON, SHOOTING ALL THREE AT THE SAME TARGETS OUTSIDE OF MY LOCAL CAMERAL STORE, I CHOSE THE 24-120/4 NIKON FOR GENERAL USE. IT IS USUALLY USED AT 5.6 FOR SHARPNESS, BUT USEFUL AT 4.0. USED ON THE D800 IT IS A FANTASTIC GENERAL USE WALK-ABOUT LENS.
Summary: I primarily bought this lens for video. I hear the sharp intake of breath from here! The wide range from 24 to 120 is excellent as a one lens solution, the constant f4 an asset. DOF is not quite as critical a tool with video for me so I knew I wouldn't miss choosing the 24-70 f2.8, besides my primes are faster if I am seeking that particular effect.
Summary: I pre-ordered this before it was shipping. I was nervous, because the old version of this lens was pretty bad, but I needed this range. Nikon came through, though. It is a great lens, as long as you don't mind pretty strong distortion and vignetting in the corners. It corrects nicely in Lightroom. It is very sharp and I like the constant f/4. I now shoot a higher percentage of images with this lens than any other. It is a great mid focal length lens.
Summary: I bought this new lens with a Nikon D700 body. I am very pleased with both pieces. I recently shot two weddings where the pastor denied my use of flash. If it wasn't for the fast lens and low light capability of the D700 I think it would have been a flop. I notice a small amount of vignetting in the corners but it is easilyfixed in Lightroom 2.
Summary: I have owned two previous versions of this lens was not happy with either one of them. I had high hopes for the new model and my expectations were exceeded. I do use a 24-70 for much on my indoor low light wedding work, but for out door work and photographs at the reception this is a great lens. In both of these situations I often need just a bit more length than my 24-70 can give me. The lens is easy to handle and not to heavy.
Summary: This lens produces very sharp images across most of it's zoom and aperture range with some softening at around 80-85mm and noticeable distortion at 24mm that is reasonably easy to correct using available software. It is also important to note that the VR feature works extremely well and makes the max aperture of f4.0 a non issue. I've owned the 2 previous versions of the 24-120mm produced by Nikon and this is far and away the best in my experience.