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Old Aug 20, 2004, 9:20 PM   #1
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I was at My local Camera store today messing around with A D-100 with A VR 24 to 120 D lens.
I have a 24 to 120 D lens but it is not A VR lens. Has anyone used both and is the VR much better? I was thinking of selling My regular D lens and replacing with the new VR lens. The VR lens does not have the F stops on it and My old lens does. It is lighter and seems to focus faster though.
If anyone can help Me make a decission I will be gratefull.
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Old Aug 21, 2004, 1:26 AM   #2
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Hi Ronnie,

I am also considering getting the 24-120 VR lens. There was an article by Thom Hogan at http://www.bythom.com/24120ens.htmbut I was not able to get into it today.. probably server down ?

On the other hand, Ken Rockwell has done a review.. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/24120vr.htm. Happy reading

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Old Aug 23, 2004, 7:11 AM   #3
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I have owned two of the D versions and currently have the VR version. According some newsgroup postings, some of the VR samples were a tad soft. Apparently a quality control issue. My own view is the the two D versions I owned were a tad sharper than the VR version, but the VR version is still a sharp lens. The differences noted showed up in my resolution test procedures and not in regular photosl.

Add the fast (and quiet) focusing speed of AFS on top of VR and I think I made the best choice going to the new VR lens. However, the lens shade of the new VR lens is crap -- easily jarred off --as compared to the shade for the older model which never came off. If you buy the new once suggest you look for a good metal wide angle screw in shade.
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Old Aug 29, 2004, 5:24 AM   #4
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My Camera store let Me bring home a VR 24 to 120 to compare against My regular 24 to 120 D lens. It is a whole lot better then the old lens because I can hand hold and shoot at 1/15 @5.6 and still get a very good sharp photo. The old lens could not do that at all. With the VR turned off both len's are the same except the VR is faster focusing and silent. It is slightly lighter and as soon as I get used to the zoom ring being on the front I will really love this new lens. Chuck at the Camera store sure knew what He was doing letting Me test these Len's side by side.
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I have the VR version and never really considered the non-VR. Mine is sharp edge to edge at all stops and throught its range but seems to be best at f11 - f22, which suits my style of shooting. And...I particularly like the close focus ability. My 'brick tests' were impressive.

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I just shot A wedding using My D100, A SB28DX flash and My new 24/120 "VR" Lens. It was a perfect set-up. I could not be more pleased with the results that this combo gave Me. Just think, I used to lug around about 50 lbs of Hasselblad equipment and I did better and more photographs and It cost Me nothing but ink, paper and time on the computer printing. I felt guilty about charging $$$
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