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Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

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  • Compact and versatile 5x standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture
  • Extended range on Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
  • Nano Crystal Coat
  • 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements; 3 Aspherical Lens Elements

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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F4.0 F2.8 - F4.0 F3.5 - F4.5 F2.8
Min Aperture 22 22 29 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters 72 millimeters 72 millimeters 77 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.45 meters 0.5 meters 0.38 meters 0.38 meters
Item Weight 1.57 pounds 1.2 pounds 1.07 pounds 1.98 pounds
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003ZSHNEK
  • Item model number: 2193
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 17, 2010

Product Description

Product Description

This upgraded standard zoom lens for FX-format D-SLRs offers a constant maximum aperture to maintain exposure settings throughout the entire zoom range. FEATURES: Compact and versatile 5X standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture - Perfect for landscapes, portraits, weddings and distant subjects offering a constant maximum aperture to maintain exposure settings throughout the entire zoom range and VR II Image Stabilization. Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization - Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture. 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements - Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture setting. M/A Focus Mode Switch - Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation. Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) - Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm - Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas. Extended range on Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras - Angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 36-180mm in FX/35mm format. Nano Crystal Coat - Further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity. 3 Aspherical Lens Elements - Aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration, even when shooting at the widest available aperture. Internal Focus (IF) - Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining wo

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This upgraded standard zoom lens for FX-format D-SLR cameras is perfect for landscapes, portraits, weddings and distant subjects offering a constant maximum aperture to maintain exposure settings throughout the entire zoom range, VR II image stabilization for shooting stills in low light and recording video clips and Nano Crystal Coat.

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

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens Highlights
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Compact and versatile 5x standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture
Perfect for landscapes, portraits, weddings and distant subjects offering a constant maximum aperture to maintain exposure settings throughout the entire zoom range and VR II Image Stabilization.

Extended range on Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras
Angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 36-180mm in FX/35mm format.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.

Nano Crystal Coat
Further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.

2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture setting.

3 Aspherical Lens Elements
Aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration, even when shooting at the widest available aperture.

Additional Features
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation.
  • Internal Focus (IF)
  • Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.

Customer Reviews

Tack sharp throughout.
Jeffrey Ridley
The zoom range at 120mm was perfect for me in capturing those special moments.
S. Gable
I've owned a Nikon 24-70 for quite a while and it's an amazing lens.
Carrie & Rob

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264 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Busy Executive TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2010
Being a glutton for punishment, I've owned each incarnation of the 24-120. Honestly, the original was about the worst Nikon lens I've ever owned...I used to describe it as "how to turn several thousand dollars of camera gear into a $200 point and shoot". It was that bad...poor contrast, distortion, vignetting, slow focusing, etc. The only really bad Nikon lens I've ever owned. Thank goodness for eBay, and my condolences to whoever is using that lens today.

Then came the second generation 24-120. Not ready to give up the dream of having a 5x zoom for my (then) new D3, I took the plunge a second time.

The second-generation 24-120 was better than the original, but still not the sharpest tool in the shed. I'm lucky enough to own the "magic quartet" of Nikon zooms (14-24, 24-70, 70-200, 200-400) but I get lazy like everyone else and would like to have a single walk-around lens. Still, the difference in image quality was just too noticeable when I wimped out and took the 24-120 instead of the "real lenses". I'd go out with the 24-120 on my D3 and get some shots that would have been keepers with (say) the 24-70, but ended up disappointing with the 24-120. On my DX camera, I came to like the 16-85 - the same 5x zoom range as the 24-120, but with much better image quality. Except maybe in very low light, I actually got better results with the D300 and the 16-85, versus the D3 and 24-120. I tried to convince myself otherwise, but pretty soon the 24-120 was mostly sitting home gathering dust. The second-generation 24-120 eventually landed on eBay, too.

Well, I guess I never learn...still wanting that 5x zoom for my FX camera, I took the plunge and bought the latest 24-120 f/4. I guess I'm a hopeless optimist, but part of me expected to be disappointed once again.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Ian Nicholson on February 18, 2011
I have a Nikon D7000 and I was looking for a high quality mid-range zoom for travel. I had bought the Nikon 18-200 after reading glowing reviews on-line by a certain famous reviewer. What a disappointment! I am not a pixel-peeper by any means, but I found the 18-200 way too soft so I sold it. I thought about saving up for 24-70 f2.8 but the size, weight, limited range and lack of VR on that lens put me off. Also, I have 35 1.8 & a 50 1.4 for low light situations.

I went ahead and ordered the 24-120 f4. After shooting with the lens for a couple of weeks, I have no regrets. The colour, contrast, focussing speed, and sharpness of the 24-120 f4 are all very impressive. There is a real 'pop' to the pictures that you only get with high end glass. I have been especially impressed with the VR. I have other Nikon lenses with VR but the system on this lens is particularly good. All in all, the 24-120 f4 is an excellent piece of glass and vastly superior to the 18-200.

That same famous reviewer who gave me the bad advice about the 18-200 says that people should ignore the new 24-120 f4 in favour of the new Nikon 28-300. He points out that the 28-300 is cheaper and that it has more range. These are valid points, but after my disappointing experience with the 18-200 I have decided that super-zooms aren't for me. I just don't want to sacrifice image quality for the convenience of one lens. My current travel kit is the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 the Nikon 24-120 f4, the Nikon 70-300vr, and the Nikon 35 f1.8 for low light
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97 of 107 people found the following review helpful By CAAmazoner on October 4, 2010
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This is a very good lens.

UPDATED: I have now shot with the lens on my D3. In the center of the frame it is almost identical to my 24-70 2.8. Excellent center sharpness. It is a bit less sharp in the corners, but I am very impressed.

Final verdict: It is a little bit too expensive, but I have upgraded it to five stars instead of four stars based on its center sharpness. I consider it a low five, high four... depending on your camera, your other lenses, and the size of your wallet.

Initial impressions:

Thus far I have been able to test it on my D90, which is a DX-sensor camera (as opposed to the full-frame pro cameras such as the D3). Please note that this lens is designed mainly for FX shooters. I plan to test it on my D3 camera later.

When compared to the well-made 18-55mm kit lens, this lens shows somewhat better sharpness at the same aperture. Overall I would conclude that this lens is sharp, but not "perfectly" sharp.

Combined with the fact that it collects more light (f4 vs f5.6), the fact that it has Vibration Reduction II, and the fact that it zooms to 120mm, this lens offers a lot of features as a "go to" general purpose lens for FX shooters (and DX shooters as well).

For DX shooters, the 24mm wide-end will not always be wide enough. For FX shooters, the 120mm long-end will likewise not be close enough. The f4 max aperture is good, but again, some shooters will need or want f2.8 or faster.

This is a lens that makes a lot of compromises and does so intelligently. It is not the perfect lens for any situation. But it is a lens that will take very good, even marketable pictures in a wide variety of situations.

Pros shooting for money will usually bring a bag of pro lens, and this lens will not change that reality.

But vacationers, pros who cannot always bring a huge bag, and photo enthusiasts would be well serviced by this lens.
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