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Steve Beck wrote:
My 24-120 f4 is very sharp and stays on my d800 90% of the time. It only comes off if I need wider or portrait stuff in low/natural light then I switch to my primes.
If you check my flickr link, most of my recent shots were taken with the 24-120/4 VR + D700. It's my default lens for most things. On a recent trip through Central California, I carried everything, but found that I used the 24-120 by far the most. I recently sold a Tamron 28-75/2.8 no-BIM - the Nikon has better build quality, color rendition, AF, and VR. Sharpness is about the same. Only downside is the Nikon doesn't do 2.8, has more distortion (easily corrected in LR), is heavier, and costs more.
Overall it's an excellent lens. It just gets average reviews because people wanted the 24-120 to have 24-70 performance at the 28-300 price. It's the middle kid so it never gets a fair shake. But it's an excellent all-rounder, especially if you need 24mm.