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Nikkor Z 24-200 travel lens - Examples

That is maybe not the best example for this lens. I just liked it so much that I put it upfront here. It is a panorama stitched from three images in Lightroom all taken at 35mm F8 which is the sweet spot of the lens. You need good dynamic range, which is more a matter of the camera than the lens, and the Z5 delivers here.

Here is a better example, taken at the long end. You can open up the lens to F6 or so and still get good sharpness. It is nice to have a reliable work horse for a variety of ranges.

For these autumn images, I lift the colors and the contrast quite a bit in Lightroom. This is at F8 again with a background blurring just a bit already.

That is the kind of background blur you get. I did not want more for this image. You can go closer and you will get twice the blur if you prefer. Sharpness of the foreground figure is just perfect.

Again a photo in the telephoto range. The unsharpness is due to the fog. Sometimes I decrease the clarity for this effect, but not in this image. The vignetting could be removed, but I find it okay.

Again, at the long end. Colors and clarity enhanced in Lightroom. Sharpness is okay.

I will post some more images with this lens here. It should become my travel lens. Of course, one of the excellent S line primes might deliver more sharpness at F4 to F8 than this versatile zoom. But it will be a very close match. I compared the 85mm F1.8 at F6, and found not that much of a difference. The reason for the 85mm is the wide aperture, of course, which is nice for portraits. Used at F8, it is a waste of money.

Some more images in the next posting.

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