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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-53|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Image Stabilization||VR II, up to 4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.31 x 3.31 x 4.09 inches|
|Item Display Weight||712 grams|
|Item Weight||1.57 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||120 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||24 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||13|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.55 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
From the Manufacturer
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
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.
- 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.
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a great lense, fast focusing, sharp,and clear. I definitely didn't regret that I have bought it.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
lens is working properly. Pictures are great. Love this versatile lensPublished 3 months ago by D. Mitchell
Worth every penny. I work for a magazine and these produce top quality images. Great range right in between and I never take it off, even sold my other lensesPublished 3 months ago by Erin
Wow! Fantastic lens! Perfect addition for my D750. I know it's not a f2.8 or anything, but it's not meant to be. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Madjpey
Tack sharp Images. very pleased. It works well on my D7100 and D800.Published 4 months ago by CINDEE OAKES