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Trying the Nikon 24-120/4…

by on Nov.03, 2012, under Life, Photography

A friend has very generously loaned me his 24-120/4 VR for a couple weeks to try it out on my new D600. I’m trying to decide whether I want the 24-120/4, the 24-70/2.8, (even the 28-300 I guess – but unlikely) or even no midrange zoom and just get an ultrawide, some fast primes in the middle (I have a 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 (& 90/2.8) already) and one of my tele zooms (70-200/2.8, 70-300 and 50-500).

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Here are a couple of images in the city the day of picking up the lens

NIKON D600 + 24.0-120.0 mm f/4.0 @ 58 mm, 1/100 sec at f/4, ISO 100

This is a monochrome HDR created from two of the shots from a bracket I took handheld in the QVB – I used the 0EV and -3EV frames only. The 0EV frame is 1/25sec @ f/4 @ 24mm at ISO 500

NIKON D600 + @ 24 mm, 1/25 sec at f/4, ISO 500

Also here is the straight 0EV frame – this is basically SOOC RAW – the only adjustment I made was to do a little highlight recovery.

What’s impressive to me about this is the dynamic range and control of highlights and shadows on the D600 – the inside of these steps in the QVB are dark but outside it was clear blue skies and the midday sun was beaming straight at those windows – they should be completely blown out and there should be no details in the shadows – Lightroom shows no shadow clipping and minimal highlight clipping (and was recoverable).

NIKON D600 + 24.0-120.0 mm f/4.0 @ 24 mm, 1/25 sec at f/4, ISO 500

Another monochrome effort in the QVB (@ 120mm)

NIKON D600 + 24.0-120.0 mm f/4.0 @ 120 mm, 1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 400

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