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Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR

Review Date: Jun 23, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very fast to focus (like the predecessor, AF 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D). Slightly lighter weight. VR. The IF functionality of the lens does not rotate a polarizer during zoom. Sculpted (or cut away) lens hood.
Zoom ring has changed places with the manual focus ring. Less size distinction between the two adjustment rings.

I've owned this lens for several months and a few thousand shots now. Very pleased with the focus speed -- about the same as it's predecessor [refer to "pros"]. AF is also very fast. Barrel distortion on this lens, while not completely absent, is much much better than the non-VR version.

A very visible difference between the VR 'On' and VR 'Off'. Excellent results at the following conditions on a D100: iso 200; 1/45 sec; f/22; focal length 120mm ( x 1.5 for DSLR ); hand held; auto focus. Great to have in low light conditions.

If you want to travel, and carry just one lens, put this one on your short list. [Updated: 22 March 2004]

Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF

Review Date: Mar 31, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Image quality; VR
Slow to focus

Plays nicely with the D100 (and the F100). The VR functionality truely lives up to the advertising, in that it will give you 3 extra stops. Really shines in situations of hand held wildlife.

The slow focus probably doesn't lend itself very well to high speed action, although using the focus "Limit" mode does help a bit.

I've owned this lens since soon after it landed on dealer shelves.