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Fun with Nikon Images 2021

Jack

Sr. Administrator
Staff member
Took delivery of the 24-200 Z lens today. To be completely honest, I did not have very high expectations, but was curious about it as an all-around travel lens... After a short walkaround with it this morning, I have to admit I am more impressed than I thought I'd be. It is quite sharp in the middle ranges even wide open, and while what I'd call biting sharpness wanes a bit at both ends wide open, sharpness remains impressively good considering its range. Moreover, I was highly impressed with it's MFD -- around 20 inches or 50cm, which allows for some fairly tight close-ups at the tele end -- and the optical performance remains pretty impressive. Color cast seems essentially identical to my other Z lenses which is a welcome convenience. Finally it's quite compact, of course the one benefit to its rather slow optical speed. But with excellent VR and today's Z cam high ISO capabilities, I don't think that optical slowness is going to be a significant limiting factor for casual imaging. I will point out however, that it falls from f4 to f6.3 rather quickly in the zoom range -- at 35mm it's at f4.8, at 50mm it's already at f5.6, f6 at 70mm and somewhere around 85mm it hits the f6.3 mark. So the one thing this lens wont be doing is isolating backgrounds very much... Anyway, all the aperture limited nits aside I come away for now feeling it's a pretty remarkable and extremely versatile casual/travel/walkaround lens. Verdict is still out, but it may prove to be good enough I will eventually let go of the excellent little Z 24-70/4S lens since I have a few faster primes in that range...

A couple quick snaps, of course all were hand-held:





This rose was taken at pretty close to the MFD of the lens. The bud itself is about 2-½" (10cm) tall from base to tip to give you an idea of the framing capability:

 
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Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Finally it's quite compact, of course the one benefit to its rather slow optical speed. But with excellent VR and today's Z cam high ISO capabilities, I don't think that optical slowness is going to be a significant limiting factor for casual imaging.
Got used to the f/6.3 max on the Z50 kit lens - for casual photography it works well even in low light (optical VR only). But that's 50mm only (75mm equiv.)...

Enjoy the new lens!
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member

ptomsu

Workshop Member
Took delivery of the 24-200 Z lens today. To be completely honest, I did not have very high expectations, but was curious about it as an all-around travel lens... After a short walkaround with it this morning, I have to admit I am more impressed than I thought I'd be. It is quite sharp in the middle ranges even wide open, and while what I'd call biting sharpness wanes a bit at both ends wide open, sharpness remains impressively good considering its range. Moreover, I was highly impressed with it's MFD -- around 20 inches or 50cm, which allows for some fairly tight close-ups at the tele end -- and the optical performance remains pretty impressive. Color cast seems essentially identical to my other Z lenses which is a welcome convenience. Finally it's quite compact, of course the one benefit to its rather slow optical speed. But with excellent VR and today's Z cam high ISO capabilities, I don't think that optical slowness is going to be a significant limiting factor for casual imaging. I will point out however, that it falls from f4 to f6.3 rather quickly in the zoom range -- at 35mm it's at f4.8, at 50mm it's already at f5.6, f6 at 70mm and somewhere around 85mm it hits the f6.3 mark. So the one thing this lens wont be doing is isolating backgrounds very much... Anyway, all the aperture limited nits aside I come away for now feeling it's a pretty remarkable and extremely versatile casual/travel/walkaround lens. Verdict is still out, but it may prove to be good enough I will eventually let go of the excellent little Z 24-70/4S lens since I have a few faster primes in that range...

A couple quick snaps, of course all were hand-held:





This rose was taken at pretty close to the MFD of the lens. The bud itself is about 2-½" (10cm) tall from base to tip to give you an idea of the framing capability:

Hi Jack,

what is actually your final conclusion so far on the 24-200S ?

I am interested in one just for occasional and holiday shooting where I do not want to carry much size and weight but can get great IQ at the same time.

Will the 24-200S deliver?
 

Jack

Sr. Administrator
Staff member
Pretty happy overall. I am doing just fine with the limited DoF -- if you think of it as an "f8 and be there do-it-all" lens, it's really hard to beat! End of day, I probably will sell my 24-70/4 as this lens is pretty much left on the camera all the time ;)
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
While I do not plan to buy any of the newly announced Nikkor Z pancakes/muffins, I did own a pancake once:


Nikon D700, Voigtländer Ultron 40mm f/2 SL-II, 1/125sec, f/4, ISO 400 (December 2012)

It was a very nice lens, very sharp, with a closeup add-on, but a bit small for my hands, especially on the D700 (I bought it when I had the D40). Since it was a manual focus lens with a focus ring too small for my fingers, I did not use it very often, and I sold it before buying the 60mm f/2.8G.

The Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 is bigger and would thus be much better for my fingers, if I wanted to buy such a lens...
 
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