Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus VR Nikkor Zoom Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Included Components||HB-25 Flower Type Lens Hood, Rear and Front Lens|
|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 4.5 x 8.1 inches|
|Item Weight||1.27 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||120 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||84 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.45 pounds|
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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?
I had the original non-VR version several years ago...now THAT was a soft lens. I sold it on eBay and went with Nikon's pro lenses, but admittedly missed the wide range of the 24-120. Sure, the 24-70 beats it in every conceivable way (it should - it's twice the size and three times the price!), but I found myself lacking that one lens I could comfortably stick on the camera and walk around with all day. For my DX camera, I have the 16-85 (which is also a very, very good lens), but until now, I had nothing similar for the FX body. But every time I stared to think good thoughts about the 24-120, I'd pull out some of the images I took with my older one, and the softness, distortion, poor flare control and so on would bring me back to reality.
Well, one thing led to another and I picked up the latest version of the 24-120, hoping that Nikon made some substantial improvements in image quality since my older version. I also own the very good Nikon 80-400 - also a 5:1 zoom ratio - and I've always been happy with the picture quality it gives me, so I hoped Nikon applied some of this same magic to the 24-120. That, and thinking maybe VR would be a help. Still, after living with the latest 24-120 for a while, I have to say it's been a really mixed result at best.
Yes, the performance of the latest 24-120 is better than the old one by a wide margin - but it's still no superstar. It's convenient, has the VR feature, not too big and heavy - but frankly, the images I get with it on both top end DX and FX bodies aren't all that much better than I get on my point-and-shoot. It's not any one thing, just that very few images I take through this lens have that jaw-dropping "pop" I get from my higher quality lenses.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lens with lots of use. I shoot professionally with it and it does everything I need from short to long distance.Published 4 months ago by Jason Ciaschi
Nikon tried to do too much with this lens. It's very compact (considering focal range) and was reasonably affordable back in the day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rockwood Joe
Definitely my most used lens. This was my first lens after switching from Canon, where I shot with a 50mm f/1.8 90% of the time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Aaron Sheffield
Great mid range lens. Legendary Nikkon Glass. I really enjoy using this lens as it offers a great range with decent speed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel W. Clark
OK, I read all the reviews and wanted to see for myself. I put the 24-120 in question to the test, comparing it with the 24mm AIS (a prime) on a Nikon DF and a split screen... Read morePublished 11 months ago by F. Tombrello
I received this Nikon lens to replace one that was broken in the crowds at Disneyland. I love this VR lens, which was an upgrade to the one I originally had. Read morePublished 12 months ago by movin-on66
perfect lens size. this is my every day go to lens. clear bright photos!Published 12 months ago by Becky
i used this lens for 5 years but i never really cared for its sharpness. for the most part it work out ok but it has very soft corners on the wide end and it doesnt go away till i... Read morePublished 17 months ago by David