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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens
 
4.6

(based on 328 reviews)

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    (100)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (251)
  • Consistent output (176)
  • Strong construction (166)
  • Durable (125)
  • Easily interchangeable (106)

Cons

  • Heavy (60)
  • Lens creep (16)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Weak casing (5)
  • Distortion (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (221)
  • Weddings (159)
  • Low light (92)
  • Sports/action (80)
  • Wildlife photos (62)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (142), Semi-pro photographer (89), Pro photographer (76), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (297), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Stop Looking And Just Buy It!!

I had an initial review on this lense and I love it! But now after working with it some more and finding its sweet spot, I found that at 120mm setting, the images...Read complete review

I had an initial review on this lense and I love it! But now after working with it some more and finding its sweet spot, I found that at 120mm setting, the images are a bit (pixel peep microscope eval)on the soft side.

I backed it up to 100mm to see if I can squeeze out more sharpness out of it and detail. My results are amazing (to me at least)!! See images below.

These are taken at f5.6, 1/160s, ISO 1000 with VR on. This bad boy can get pretty close creating such Bokehlicious!!

BTW, is forgot to mention on my initial review why I chose this over the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 is that the 24-120 f/4 has the super useful VRII mode. More stops at my disposal if needed. I can get away with images that razor sharp at 1/5sec @120mm on a still object. With the D4s video capability, the VRII is a VERY added plus!!!

Love this lense! So glad with my purchase!! Stop reading any more reviews. Just BUY IT!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Something's wrong somewhere!

I had pre-ordered this lens and had anxiously awaited it for over a month to make life easier for me when shooting a wedding. It was to replace my Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 so...Read complete review

I had pre-ordered this lens and had anxiously awaited it for over a month to make life easier for me when shooting a wedding. It was to replace my Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 so that I wouldn't have to switch to my 70-200mm f2.8 VR as often in certain situations. After using the new lens exclusively with the D700 on a wedding, I was appalled when I processed the images on my computer. Every one except for the most extreme telephoto focal lengths caved in at the middle area of all four sides, even when I crouched down to take a photo at a direct angle to the subject. I had to adjust each image 8 points in the Adobe Lightroom 3 parallax distortion function to make it look normal. Other than that, it focused as well as the 24-70 f2.8 and the optics seemed acceptable. Hopefully I just got a defective unit because I can't believe Nikon would knowingly put out a product like this. As usual, B&H's return process was hassle free and I was treated with respect. I'm going to e-mail a sampling of the images to Nikon to get their reaction.

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5.0

Fine all purpose walk-around lens

By elbows2

from Macomb, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

    I bought the 24-120 f/4 because an elbow injury is making it difficult to shoot hand-held. I wanted a lens that has image quality comparable to my f/2.8 24-70, but lighter if possible and with VRII. The 24-120 fits those specs and has performed very well in my lens tests and in the field.

    The 24-120 is very nearly as sharp as the 24-70 when pixel peeping and shows almost no difference at normal viewing distances. Color rendition is excellent, bokeh is very good. The autofocus is fast and reliable, every bit as good as the 24-70. The loss of a stop (from 2.8 to 4) has made no difference at all given how fantastic Nikon's second generation vibration reduction is: simply amazing. In a pinch, the D800's high ISO capabilities make low light shooting even easier.

    I am somewhat concerned about the 24-120's construction, which feels just a bit less sturdy than the f/2.8 series lenses and makes me wonder how its weather sealing will stand up in rough shooting conditions (I shoot outside year-round). As yet, however, no problems in mild rain.

    Originally I was thinking of the 24-120 as a temporary replacement for the 24-70 and planned to sell it once the elbow injury is healed. But after using the 24-120, I'm not at all sure I want to give it up. I'll probably keep it as my main walk-around lens -- for which it is an ideal combination of focal length, aperture, VR, and weight -- and use the 24-70 for tripod work.

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    5.0

    Zoom range, VR, and image quality

    By jscorbin

    from Woodinville, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Very Sharp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • people
      • Street photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

      I debated a lot whether to go with the 24-120 f/4 or the 24-70 f/2.8 (non VR), for the main lens on a new D810. The sharpness is about the same for equivalent apertures and focal lengths in the two lenses, although the wide-angle distortion with the 24-120 is greater. However, distortion is easily corrected with the lens profile in Lightroom. In the end, I decided to go with the 24-120, for the following main reasons:-- Zoom range covers more of the types of photography that I do (landscape and general purpose).-- 3 stops of VR is better than one stop of aperture (although the selective focus with f/2.8 is really nice, I can use a good prime lens for the occasional times that I need wider apertures).-- The 24-120 weighs ½ lb less than the 24-70. That makes a big difference on a long hike.A minor quibble: The adjustment (amount you turn the zoom collar) between 24mm and 35mm is very short -- but I've gotten used to that.Altogether, I'm very pleased with the 24-120.

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      5.0

      Excellent Carry Around Lens

      By David U

      from Mendham, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

        Smooth focusing, produces great low light photos.

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        4.0

        Very useful zoom range

        By AllanB

        from Australia

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

        This fx lens on a D300 and is the lens I use99% of the time ( the other lens is a 80-400).with the dx 1.5 x the 24-120 becomes a 36 - 180; (and the other a 120 - 600),The colours on this lens are pleasing and it is not too bulky to carry around...have had to up the ISO setting on occasion because it's at f4 wide open...I get very good results on the D300....it will beinteresting to see what results I get on the 810... When I can afford it ! Intend to buy new 18- 35 (when I can afford it....also plus fx 28 1.8 prime...maybe a fx 135 f1.8 prime...$ get in the way as on a pension

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        5.0

        It's worth the money

        By Paula

        from Modesto, Ca.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

          I rented this lens before purchasing it. I fell in love with it and had to have one. The sharpness, color and contrast are excellent. I would recommend this lens to anyone wanting to take better images.

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          5.0

          Very nice lens!

          By Wild Bill

          from Hagerstown, MD

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

          This lens was a recommendation by a photography forum member who I must thank when I get the chance. It is now my walkaround lens, but to date I haven't used it much. It has produced some very nice landscapes, portraits, and still life images. Up to this point, I would definitely recommend it to others. If there are any difficulties or poor images taken, it will most likely be due to user error. The price was definitely less at B&H Photo.

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          5.0

          Great Mid-Range Lens

          By Yark the Shark

          from Kearney, MO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

            The 24-120mm Nikkor lens is by far the most versatile and used lens I carry out in the field. I shoot a lot of stuff that requires me to be stationary so the range on this lens is a must. No complaints!

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            5.0

            Fast accurate great lense.

            By LJS

            from Glastonbury CT

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

            If shooting just one lense this is a great choice.GG

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            5.0

            Fantastic Lens!!

            By K-Red

            from MN

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • people
              • Products
              • Studio
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

              Beautiful full frame lens for my Nikon D800. Well worth the cost, tack sharp for studio work and fast enough for a pro baseball game. Very good in low light too.

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              4.0

              Great lens

              By Charley

              from Surprise AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

              Great lens optically . Pretty sharp through the focal range. No flare or ghosting. Also very good at F/4.This is a great all around lens on my Nikon D800. Optically, no complaints. Focus is quick.

              Downside is it is heavy and bulky and not something that I like to carry around all day. Also, it is not weather sealed like Nikon pro line lens. The construction does not give one the impression that this lens will have a long life of heavy use.

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              5.0

              This lens is tack sharp.

              By Dave

              from Oregon

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                  Using on D810.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great for travel, landscape, people

                  By FILEMON

                  from Ft Lauderdale, Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Light
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • people
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                    This lens is crisp, light, and great for travel, landscape, and people photography. Sharp and great contrast.

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                    5.0

                    Sweet and consistent lens

                    By JGD

                    from NYC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                      Takes care of zoom and quality as well as exposure. Beautiful lens.

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                      5.0

                      Good Lens for every day photography

                      By JLee

                      from Houston Tx.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                        This is my standard lend for the Nikon Df camera.
                        The action is smooth for both zoom and focus

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                        5.0

                        heavy duty lens

                        By jonp

                        from peoria, AZ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Heavy But Worth It

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel Portrait Scenic

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                        all around. Travel. glass. fast enough. good VR

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                        5.0

                        One great lens

                        By Nikon Nick

                        from Anaheim, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                          I use it on full frame and cropped cameras. Great for both. If you carry only one lens, this is the one to have.

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                          5.0

                          good lens to have

                          By Family guy

                          from Orlando, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Distortion

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                          I just bought and like it.
                          I am a photo enthusiast and I like to shoot my family locally and during our many around the world trips.
                          I have just replaced my my 28-200 lens from 15 years ago, and I must say, Nikon has continued to do a great job
                          The construction is solid, the overall finish of my pictures is very good.
                          This is a great all around lens for every day shots with very adequate versatility. This is also a decently fast lens that allows to shoot my little kids without problems
                          there is some noticeable distortion with wider zoom and I'm still getting used to the position of the zoom ring.

                          Overall this is another great product by Nikon

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                          5.0

                          Superb!

                          By Tropigal

                          from Simi Valley, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Perfect focal range
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Substantial

                          Cons

                          • A bit heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Young Portraiture

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                          I bought this lens to replace the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm 1:3.5-4.5G. Although a bit heavier to handle, the clarity is amazing. I love the extended focal range which allows me to go from portraits to landscapes in a moments notice. This has become my new "everyday" lens and have proven itself many times over.

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                          3.0

                          Walk around lens

                          By LuisValizas

                          from Montevideo, Uruguay

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Blurry Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                          A walk around lens, on the F4 series is biot as sharp as the 16-35 or the 70-200 which is superb. I believe that Nikon must upgrade the optics to include in a "new" hole trinity on F4 lenses. Forf less money go for the 28-300, at least you gain more range and similar quality. A little disappointed with the images from this lens

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                          5.0

                          Nikon Lens

                          By Warren

                          from Columbia, SC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens:

                            I recently purchased the AF-S Nikkor 24-124mm Zoom Lens by Nikon for a trip to Yellowstone. I used it with my Nikon D610 camera and it turned out to be a perfect around lens for all of the beautiful scenes at this famous national park. It focused quickly and correctly and never had a bad photo out of hundreds that I took while on this vacation. The only thing that you have to be careful about is not to put 2 filters on the lens since this will cause a vignette like affect at 24 mm. I had a UV filter on the lens mostly to protect the lens, then added a circular polarizer lens to improve the photos for certain shots and noticed that at 24 mm, you could see the corners of the photo being clipped. All in all it is a great walk around lens. I found this lens to be only slightly heavy.

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