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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens
 
4.5

(based on 330 reviews)

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    (102)

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    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (252)
  • Consistent output (177)
  • Strong construction (167)
  • Durable (126)
  • Easily interchangeable (106)

Cons

  • Heavy (61)
  • Lens creep (16)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Weak casing (5)
  • Distortion (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (223)
  • Weddings (159)
  • Low light (92)
  • Sports/action (80)
  • Wildlife photos (63)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (144), Semi-pro photographer (89), Pro photographer (76), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (299), 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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4.0

Very nice, but over price

By Kevin Lin

from New York City

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Pros

  • Consistent Output

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

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

It is a decent walk around lens, Sharp, with consistent output. Only drawback would be the weight and price.

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4.0

Almost bombproof

By mags

from HNL

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I've traveled the world with this lens from the tropics to mountainsides in Bhutan. Although I travel with several primes and the wonderful new Nikon 70-200, this lens is still my go-to. I've dropped it countless times. It's been mishandled in airline security checks, soaked and, too often, stuffed in a backpack. It's been cleaned several times and still takes remarkably sharp photos. My only caution is that the collapsing barrel design tends to suck dust particles into the lens as you zoom in and out. This isn't a problem if you treat it well and are careful about keeping it clean, but it can be an issue if you shoot in a very dusty environment, or store the lens improperly. Photo journalists take note. Other than that, it remains a remarkable lens.

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    5.0

    Fine all purpose walk-around lens

    By elbows2

    from Macomb, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    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

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      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

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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.

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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

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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

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            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

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              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

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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

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                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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                    5.0

                    Great for travel, landscape, people

                    By FILEMON

                    from Ft Lauderdale, Florida

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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.

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                        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

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                          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

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                            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

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                            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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