tokutomica's reviews

  • Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S Nikkor

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp at f4, very sharp at 5.6 and above, good contrast and colors
    Light falloff is too high

    I use this lens with my Nikon D700 for landscapes and people photography. Sharpness is very good at the centre wide open between 24 and 85 mm but only acceptable at 120mm. Unlike slrgear I could not detect any drop in performance at 85mm and f4. The borders are slightly soft at f4. Stopped down to f5.6 the sharpness constantly improves up to f11. Distorsions are strong but easy to correct either in Capture NX or in LR and PS. The only thing that bothers me ist the extreme light falloff which is so strong that even Caputre NX cannot remove it. Fortunately the light falloff is gone when stopped down to f11. Build quality is very good. AF ist fast, silent and accurate. VR works as advertised. All in all I'm very satisfied with the performance of this lens

    reviewed September 13th, 2011 (purchased for $1,198)
  • Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Very sharp, excellent VC

    Before I bought this lens last year I owned a Nikkor 70-200 VRII, which disappointed me. I must have caught a cucumber. It was insanely sharp in the middle but deteriorated towards the edges very quickly. After many comparisons I eventually sold the Nikkor. Contrary to this test my copy is very sharp, even at 200mm and maximum aperture over a wide range. The image stabilization is a dream and the build quality, though not at the level of Nikon and Canon, is still very good. My own experiences are congruent with the tests of DXO and German COLORFOTO.

    reviewed September 16th, 2015 (purchased for $1,100)