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D700/24-120 kit package.. Lens quality?

Stephen Fassman , Aug 07, 2008; 12:52 a.m.

I have a sweet tooth for a D700, as my daughter would love my D200, but.....from all previous reviews, Isn't the 24-120 a horror image wise & spec wise? Why would nikon mate it to the D700 as a package? Is this a new design, with improved specs & IQ similar to the 18- 70, or 18-200 DX's? I could live with similar faults! Shouldn't their 2 new FX zooms, or the 17-35/2.8 + some mid-telephoto (not yet in production ??), be the only considerations commensurate to the abilities of this camera, (if your into Zooms)? Any sugg's? Thanks.


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Robert Hooper , Aug 07, 2008; 01:02 a.m.

Yes, it does seem an oddity that Nikon would pair this, at best, very mediocre lens, with the Nikon D700. Maybe they have a lot of product they can't move otherwise.

Suggestions? If you can only find the body paired with this lens, buy the combination and sell the lens.

Michael Harris , Aug 07, 2008; 01:12 a.m.

Stephen, I read here somewhere that the lens package was overpriced and the lens was not so good. Give me a sec and I'll see if I can find it.

Michael Harris , Aug 07, 2008; 01:14 a.m.

here is a thread, read Shun's response, he pretty much is dead-on when it comes to Nikon stuff:


Michael Harris , Aug 07, 2008; 01:15 a.m.

Lex Jenkins , Aug 07, 2008; 01:44 a.m.

"Isn't the 24-120 a horror image wise & spec wise?"

Nope. It's entirely comparable to the popular 18-70/3.5-4.5 DX. If anything it's slightly sharper but not quite as resistant to veiling flare. It's very resistant to ghosting flare.

Instead of relying on regurgitated rumors from folks who haven't actually owned, used or tested a lens, read comments from those who have. Read the photozone.de review of the 24-120 VR. In my experience with the lens (two years) it's dead on accurate, pros and cons.

Is it an odd combination for a high end camera? No more so than any kit zoom. However, it does *not* appear to be a good value as bundled. That's the one and only reason I'd advise skipping this particular "deal" from Nikon. The lens is perfectly good, comparable to any of Nikon's better consumer grade zooms.

Rene' Villela , Aug 07, 2008; 02:21 a.m.

"Isn't the 24-120 a horror image wise & spec wise?"

I really don't think Nikon makes any horror lenses. I'm sure is not the best lens out there and I'm sure is not the best lens to pair with a D700. It is just another KIT LENS. Maybe Nikon should had come out with a better new lens for this camera, if they have a 24-70 kit would be very hard to move. It would be a 5K combo. I really don't see the problem, people buy a D300 18-200 or 18-70 combo, I'm sure it is in the same category. So the best I think is just to buy a body and buy a good lens that will match the capabilities of a D700 (18-35, 24-70, 28-70) Rene'

B M Mills , Aug 07, 2008; 04:07 a.m.

Aha this thread gets my last post prior to a month of long-awaited travels.

I often wonder why, for this kind of advanced body that is not at the "kit" end of the market, Nikon doesn't bundle it with the 50/1.8

Reasons for this view are that kit zooms are often not what a D700 type buyer will want to use but the same buyers will probably want to assemble their own selection of pro glass (whether zoom or prime).

In the 50/1.8, Nikon would not have to move the 'body only' price point much at all but would have an offering that would give a good 'out of the box' performance, and with a lens that would probably be kept by most photographers as a part of their bag of lenses.

Mary Doo , Aug 07, 2008; 05:02 a.m.

Isn't the 24-120 a horror image wise & spec wise?

Well, it's not Nikon's best (the kind that requires you to cough up lots of dough for the back-breaking heavy metal for), but it's a decent pre-18-200mm all purpose lens.


Shun Cheung , Aug 07, 2008; 05:26 a.m.

This is the better thread for a similar discussion last month: http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00QCAt

Exactly as expected, B&H is now out of stock if you want the D700, body only. However, they have never been out of stock with the kit. Why would anybody put a mediocre lens on a very high-end body is beyond me. Worse yet, the kit will cost you $90 more than buying the body and lens separately. No wonder the combo is not selling very well.

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