So these last two days we did two classic mountain tops around Disentis, Piz Pazzola and Piz Ault. Both hikes ending up to be 2300 meters of altitude all together. That translated in to one 4,5 hour hike and one 3 hour and some nice photos. I'm quite amazed how far you can get on snow. Doing this in Summer would be really hard but with a paar of good skins under my splitboard, water, food and good friends time just flies.
This was actually more or less a test for Matilda and me since we been planning to go on a 3 day tour in the next couple of weeks. We were both surprised how well it went. Of Course a longer hike will be more intense but now we are sure to make it. I also just brought my Nikon 24-120 f4 lens to see how it performed. I wanted to know if it is enough to bring just this lens for the hike.
The zoom range and weight is really nice and that is the biggest reasons I chose this lens over the professional Nikon 24-70 f2.8. I think it has been performing very good. Autofocus is accurate, I would say it nails it 98% of the time so I don't have to worry about that. The bigger problem have been to be able to freeze the subject. I often have to be close to 1/4000 of a second to do that. I guess it's because the sensor has such high resolution. I would like to have more zoom sometimes, but again, luckily the Nikon d810 produces huge files so I can alway crop them quite hard. When it comes to sharpness it is not even close to my prime lenses but it does perform well enough. But this is not such a big thing as most of us think though. Since I mostly print my photos at the lab with the help of a Lambda printer (classic photo paper, no inkjet printer) you don't need the pixel sharpness since the paper has a slight blur to it. Off course I would love to get as sharp pictures as with my other lenses but as a "light weight" (1,6 kg) kit it's really pleasing.
So would I buy this lens again? Yes, I would but I might also check out the Nikon 28-300 f3.5-5.6. That might be a good contender.