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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sold on eBay
Nikon 24-120 VR vs Nikon 24-85
The rumors from last two years about two new Nikon lenses became fact in 2010 with the release of the 28-300mm and the 24-120mm, both with VR (vibration reduction). After the Med trip I was ready to sell the 24-85mm, which is a great lens, however, it requires a moderate amount of light and only goes to 85mm. I found myself taking the lens off and putting on a 70-200mm for people shots. It did not have enought telephoto for portrait shots walking around. I then had to decide which new Nikon to purchase. I thought about this long and hard. Both lens are superior travel lenses. I looked at the photos from the Med trip and found that I took more wide angle photos at 24mm than all other ranges. In fact I carried a heavy Nikon 16-35mm f/4 for extremely wide angle photos, mainly in buildings like churches where there is limited lighting. So I chose the 24-120mm, bought it, sold the 24-85mm for about what I paid for it years ago. The 24-120mm is a 77mm AFS VR lens and it is very, very sharp.
My next project was to eliminate taking the heavy 16-35mm wide angle zoom with me. I decided to go with a prime 20mm f/2.8 wide angle. I had one years ago and regeted the day I sold it on ebay. l found a replacement and bought it. The 16-35mm will now stay at home and the small, light-weight 20mm will go with me in the bag and transferred to my vest pocket when walking around.
I put a lot of thought time in to trying to reduce how much gear to carry while traveling. It made no sense to me to carry a big heavy lens like the 16-35mm if I used it sparingly. The smaller, faster 20mm fits in my vest pocket and will get used often on our next trip.