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Hi all, I'm getting my D700 at the end of the month and as I only have DX lenses I'm looking at getting an FX lens. I do like the 24-70 but I know if I purchase it I would need a lens with more reach than 70. I’ve been looking at the 24-120 f4 lens and hope someone has one and can tell me if it would be a good buy? I’m more into landscape but like to do a bit of general photography not so much sport.
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I have one though I don't use it all the time. I like it, especially stopped down past f/5.6, though I use it on a DX camera, and for preference I like wider lenses. On a D700, where you get full frame, it seems like an ideal length, the only problem for me is the small max aperture - but it's sharp enough and the VR works OK (wouldn't want to rely on it, but handy for grab shots).
Cheers Sooty_1 I like the 16-35 VR but can't afford both, Was considering a prime lens for wide angle
I have the 24-120 F4 (onD700) - tho Lightroom handles it well. I like it but it takes some getting used to. The vignetting at 24mm is noticeable - even stopped down. 120mm is just OK in terms of image quality. But 28-100mm it's an excellent lens. The VR is superb - I like to think I'm quite particular, and I've had sharp image at less than 1/10 sec. For a walk about lens it's great.
For wide angle look at the Nikkor 20mm, I just love it cheap for a wide angle prime and stop down to F5.6 it's brilliant (main lens used in my PF over last 2 years)
You can download lens profiles to automatically take care of known distortions/vignetting in Lightroom - it might even already recognise the lens. My version does (LR3) for most of my lenses.
Quote: I do like the 24-70 but I know if I purchase it I would need a lens with more reach
The 24-70 is a mighty lens, There is nothing to touch it in the range it covers, Not even primes, 24mm end is great for landscape on a full frame body, Anything much wider is always going to have issues with vignetting when using filters etc.
If I where you, I would follow my gut feeling and buy the 24-70, For the time being look at something like the Nikkor 70-300, VR ED for more reach, You would be surprised how good the 70-300 performs on a D700 body, I know because I was.....
Hence when I'm out with the D700 for a day all I need is my 24-70 & 70-300...........
I've not looked at the price of the 24-120, but if I were in the same place I'd be looking for a second hand 24-70, to be supplemented later with a 70-200.
The Nikkor 24-120 F/4 gets a gold award in What digital camera magazine, but its over a grand, but I suspect discounts can be found.
The 2 other 24-120 zooms [one discontinued] both F/3.5 and one with image stabilisation and the older one without. They both only get average performance reviews, one being worse than the other. Check the reviews.
I would personally look at the 18-200 Nikkor, a bit more versatile and a fairly good performance, again, check the reviews.
Quote: The Nikkor 24-120 F/4 gets a gold award in What digital camera magazine, but its over a grand, but I suspect discounts can be found.
Currently £839 at Grays of Westminster
And possibly cheaper on line?
£829 at Wex (just checked on CameraPriceuBuster).
The 24-70 f 2.8 is a good allround lens, But if you buy that and you need the extra reach ,Then your going to have to fork out for the 70-200 to get you beyond the 70mm reach. As for kodachrom mentioning the 18-200 i wouldnt even bother with it on a D700. It will crop your sensor down to a 5MP dx. The 24-120 f4 vr is a cracking lens and roughly on par in sharpness with the 24-70 f2.8 at f4 , However the background Bokeh on the 24-70 f2.8 will be more pleasing at f2.8 to the eye than that of the 24-120 at f4 , A way round that would be to step closer to your subject at maximum aperture at f4 on the 24-120 f4 vr lens.
Thanks everyone for your help and advice, good all round advice.
What is the image quality comparing with 28-70mm?
Whether it is a good buy for you is for you to decide.
Nikon produce full aperture MTF and the 24-120 is as good (or bad depending on your point of view) wide open at the short and long end as the 24-70 wide open - though there is a one stop difference http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/list.htm#zoom
Neither lens is particularly good wide open at 24mm - but other brands are not that good either because it is currently not possible to get 300mm prime wide open wide angle corner performance.
I own both lenses - and find both perform well one stop down from wide open. For what you are looking for the 24-120 f4 is a good option.
I used to own the 28-70 and regard it as 1 stop down at fast apertures compared to 24-70 i.e. similar to 24-120 at f4 and f5.6. By f8-11 all the lenses have similar resolution. The 28-70 is f2.8.
The 24-120 and 24-70 have quite a bit of distortion at 24mm with the 24-120 having most. Vignette should not be an issue if you use vignette control on a D700. The 24-70 has very fast AF.
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