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Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus VR Nikkor Zoom Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Nikon
50 customer reviews
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  • G Type DX Nikkor is intended exclusively for NIKON SLRs where aperture is controlled from body
  • 24-120mm Focal Length
  • Maximum Aperture - f/3.5 - 5.6
  • Minimum F Stop - f/22 - 36
  • Silent Wave Motor enables ultra high speed, accurate and super quiet autofocus operation
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Important Warranty Information: All Nikkor autofocus lenses from Nikon Inc. USA include four years of Nikon Extended Service Coverage at no charge. Be sure to look for the Nikon ESC certificate with every Nikkor lens purchase you make.

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Product Description

The Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR AF-S lens adds a powerful additional zoom lens to Nikon's line of Vibration Reduction (VR) lenses. This lens also includes Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor Technology for fast, accurate and nearly silent focusing.

In addition, this lens features a selection of Nikon advanced technologies such as Manual/Automatic mode, 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements and 2 Aspheric lens elements, Internal Focusing (IF) construction , Super Integrated Coating (S-IC) and G-Type design.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00009VQG6
  • Item model number: 2145
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Charles B. Lemak on December 28, 2006
This lens gets an unfair bad rap from a lot of amateur snobs and pro-wanna-be's.

After reading all the mixed reviews, I figured at the price it would be a reasonable stopgap while waiting for an 18-200VR. So far I've been more than satisfied with this lens. I get good contrast, and sharp images through the middle 80% of its range. Contrary to some of the negative reviews I've read, focus is reasonably fast, and more than adequate for action sports in good light. Granted it's not a low light lens. I have other lenses for this purpose, but cost me over $900. each and don't have the versatility of this lens.

I finally did receive my 18-200VR, and have to admit it is an improvement due to the added range, but light gathering is comparable, and within the 24-120's range, the two function with about the same results. Overall, average quality of shots taken with both lenses is about the same.

Having said that, even with the 18-200 VR, I still have to use my 85mm 1.4 and 80-200 f/2.8 for shots where extra aperture or sharpness are needed.

In summary, if you plan on having a couple spcialty prime lenses and one multi-purpose zoom, then either the 24-120 or the 18-200 will do as a great walk around lens. Unless you're only going to buy one lens for the life of your camera, why spend the extra money on the latter?
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2008
I've been a semi-professional photographer since 2004 and have a huge investment in Nikon equipment including a Nikon 200-400 zoom that I paid $5,500 for. I also have the 70-200 2.8, which is another superb lens. However, the 24-120 goes with me everywhere. It is one of the most versatile lenses I own. I use it in the studio under dim lighting conditions and for most of the outdoor shooting I do. The other lens I rely on for outdoor shots is the 70-200, which I cannot ay enough good things about (although it's heavy). Bottom line: the 24-120 is worth every penny you pay for it. Don't think twice about buying one. My $0.02 worth.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on June 3, 2006
I purchased this lens after trying it by making a series of handheld test images and going home and analysing the results. On my D70, this lens is sharp. Not as sharp as my 105 MicroNikkor VR, but that lens is a tack sharp prime macro. It also has incredible color contrast. It is every bit as sharp as the 18-70 kit lens, and it has the great advantage of the VR technology that lets you shoot handheld in almost every situation. I recently took this lens and my 12-24 dx Nikkor to Cabo and got some fine shots, even at night. I took only 2 lenses because of the airport/customs hassle. That is what these new great lenses are about. Major focal length coverages, VR technology that makes the fast/slow lens issue irrelevent. Glass that is engineered for sharpness and contrast at all focal lengths. Pop one or 2 lenses in a bag and you can shoot just about anything. Nikon is revolutionizing digital photography.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rodwally on April 5, 2009
Despite what certain self-appointed web pundits have said about this lens, it's actually a highly useful piece of glass. On a Nikon D700, its sharpness ranges from acceptable to impressive. Predictably, it works best in the middle of its zoom range. I recently compared it pretty carefully in the 50-55mm range with a 55mm Micro Nikkor f/2.8 AIs and a 50mm Nikkor f/1.4 AI. The 24-120 matched those lenses at both the center and the edges from f/4.8 (wide open on the 24-120) on out. In fact, it beat the 55mm Nikkor much of the time, especially at the edges. I've had similarly impressive results comparing the 24-120 to a 35mm Nikkor f/2 AI. At its extremes -- 24mm and 120mm -- center performance is very good but edge performance doesn't match prime lenses or even some zooms, though it's still acceptable. Chromatic aberration is surprisingly well controlled and the vibration-reduction (VR) feature seems to help. Focusing is quick and silent. Admittedly, the 24-120 is a lens with peculiarities -- like the fact that it reverses the usual positions of focus ring and the zoom ring. But it's an autofocus lens, right? Who cares about the focusing ring? Considering the overall capability, convenience and relatively low price of the 24-120, I consider it a strong lens. In fact, I got my 24-120 for $280 as part of the D700 kit from Amazon before Christmas 2008, so I'm very pleased with myself.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ventg99 on June 24, 2008
I shoot events for a major university. I use a Nikon D3 and just started to spend some real money on glass. Let me tell you the old adage is true. You get what you pay for. That said, the Nikon 24-120mm 3.5 zoom lens is a very good lens for the money. I have been using it to shoot the events for about three months. Let me tell you what I experienced with the camera stuck to my face all day long. This lens is much sharper then is reported. It is rather slow it's true. However with the D3 you push the ISO and there isn't too much of a problem. There is some vignetting at 24mm which can be corrected in photoshop. The "VR" is terrific and the auto focus is very fast! Just make sure you focus on your main spot in the frame. It is easy to get an out of focus image with this lens if you are not careful! The build quality is good. It is pretty smooth to zoom with and is just light enough to stay on your camera for most of the time. I really like this lens. Much better then the cheap 55-200mm Zoom. That lens feels like it is made out of cardboard! The main reason I just came back from buying the new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens is that I can't compete professionally with the 24-120mm zoom lens. The Nikon 24-70 is much sharper (razor) and the color renditions are breath taking, not to mention the speed. I have tried to get away with spending a third the price and it just doesn't cut it in the world of pro photography! I will however miss the versitility of the zooming focal length of 24-120mm, what a spread! The 24-120mm is a lens I will take on vacation with a D300 and it will be more then enough to ring back some good shots. Most of my shooting will take place outside in sunlight. If you don't need to compete to make a living in photography, save yourself a lot of money and get the Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5 zoom lens. It's a wonderful lens and will always be one of my favorite fun lenses!
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