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

Review Date: Aug 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Reasonably priced, fairly solid for a lens with a good deal of plastic. Quality optics that produce sharp images across the range, as long as you dial in the right aperture setting. VR functions esceptionally well.
Not as sharp as some prime lenses, but then I know of few tele's that are.

As many others have stated, I bought this while waiting for my 18-200 VR to arrive. During that time I became attached to this lens. For professional work I ususally use one of my primes or my 80-200mm F/2.8D, but for walking around, candids, and some sports work, it's what I use most of the time.

I finally received my 18-200mm VR, so you might ask why I don't use the 18-200 instead. Unfortunately, I just don't see the advantage because with the 18-200 at the 18-24mm range I get a lot of CA, and at the 200mm range I get fuzzy images, so I ended up using the 18-200 mostly within the 24-180mm range. Well duh! My 24-120 practically covers that range with the same quality, and if I to push out to 200mm I use my 80-200mm or old 70-210mm for their sharper resolution. I've decided to sell the 18-200mmVR and buy a 12-24mm instead. I understand there is little or no CA using this lens, so I should be covered.

Bottom line if you want a versatile, quality telephoto lens the 24-120mm VR is a great deal. Buy it! It's at least as good if not better than the 18-200mm VR. One caveat, if you're only shooting film, the CA may not be a problem on the 18-200. I've sold all my film eq so I can't really say.

Finally, I've noticed a lot of used 24-120's showing up at under $400. on the used market. When I talk to people they say they are selling to get what they think is going to be their 18-200mm "miracle lens."

Hey, just my humble opinion. Maybe I should submit some photos so you can see the difference in the two lenses.