Nikon 24-120mm f4 – a hands-on review
I recently had the occasion to go on vacation for three weeks with Nikon’s 24-120 f4 lens on a D600 camera. The two team up to create an excellent combination, both camera and lens behaving exceptionally.
As most of the time I go photographing and especially on vacations I go with my wife and 3 year old son, I rarely have the luxury to set up a tripod, so, more often than not I shoot handheld, or at most with the camera put on a railing or against a wall or some other firm brace (“come oooon, let’s goooooo already!”). Similarly, I don’t really have the time to change lenses all that often, and I have to get the picture there and then, so I needed a good all-around fast lens, with image stabilisation, that coupled to a full-frame camera will allow me to shoot handheld most of the time. Thus, on this trip, I chose the D600 and the 24-120 f4 and did not even bother to take the tripod or other lenses.
What did I shoot with this combination? Almost everything:
Landscape, both day and night
Animals – both free and in zoos and aquariums, sometimes in rather poor light
Portrait – day or night – shooting wide open gives a great separation from the background and the bokeh on the 24-120 f4 is excellent
Shows that took place at night or in dark halls
I took a lot of dusk and night shots:
Even if the 24-120 f4 is not a macro lens, given the resolution of the Nikon D600 you can easily crop the to get the details and still have enough resolution not only for web but for medium-sized prints as well
So, the Nikon 24-120 f4 proved to be a good companion: well built, relatively light, it is a versatile, luminous lens, with a beautiful bokeh, that I can use both on vacation and for shooting events.