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

(based on 370 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (241)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (265)
  • Consistent output (189)
  • Strong construction (177)
  • Durable (136)
  • Easily interchangeable (111)

Cons

  • Heavy (64)
  • Lens creep (16)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Distortion (5)
  • Weak casing (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (238)
  • Weddings (165)
  • Low light (98)
  • Sports/action (89)
  • Wildlife photos (70)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (150), Semi-pro photographer (90), Pro photographer (83), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (314), Yes (10)

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!!!

TR Photography

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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

For ME . VERY NICE

By RandyO

from N.W.INDIANA

Verified Buyer

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

REALLY like the focal length , and the VR feature..

 
5.0

My Final Walk around lens.

By Cap Mike

from New Bern,NC

Verified Buyer

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

Nikon D 750, bought with the 28 - 300mm kit lens. At first I was happy, but as the days wore in, it was clear to me this was a soft lens at most of lengths I shot. I have a 300mm prime with a 1.4 tele, and that is my go to bird lens. What I needed was a sharp walk around lens, and after much research, I chose this one. I am very happy, it does all I expected, and I believe this will be my last walk around lens, I don't know what else I could ask for.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great all around lens.

By Mike

from Undisclosed

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

Images are brilliant! My only issue is that there is slight vignetting when extended to 120mm. Not a deal breaker, but it does exist. The image attached was shot at (f4, 1/1000, 120mm).

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great lens but terrible lens hood.

By Nancym

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The lens is fantastic, but the lens hood does not lock in and caused it to turn and ruin several photos as the edges showed at the top rignt and lower left corners.

 
5.0

Nice lens and value.

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Enjoying this addition to my lens quiver. Terrific value and quality images.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great travel lens.

By Claudia

from Undisclosed

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

After borrowing this lens last year for a trip I decided this is a must have for travel so I ordered one today. I shared two of the shots taken with this lens. I love it and I'm pleased with the results.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nikon 24-120mm lens is great for travel.

By Debora

from Undisclosed

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

I like this lens for the fact that it has reduced my load while traveling. In the past I traveled with 3 lens to cover what this lens can do. Its fast and very good quality. Just a little distortion around the edges but I can live with this considering i dont have to carry all the extra lens around anymore.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First lens destroyed, replaced with identical 24-120mm lens

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my second purchase of the 24-120mm Nikkor lens. After many years I knocked over my tripod and the first lens went crashing to the cement. Went on-line and immediately ordered a replacement. I feel this is one of the very best "compromise" lens on the market. This lens is almost always the one on my camera (Nikon D800). With the ISO capability of a modern DSLR the f/4 lens is perfectly fast enough. For me the 24-120mm telephoto meets all but rarest lens needs while it is a modest weight and not to bulky to wear with the camera strap.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Very Good Lens !!!

By Donald

from Undisclosed

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

Use this Lens more than my Nikon 24-70 2.8. It's Sharp, Versatile, and Compact. Great Walk-around lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would buy this again. Good all-purpose lens.

By Colin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Happy so far. Had the lens for a couple of weeks. Seems very solid and well-built. Photos are sharp, though I've been a bit disappointed with low-light performance. However, the VR does help. Overall, seems to be a great lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Almost-ideal all-rounder

By Kobus

from Undisclosed

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

Fantastic zoom range that covers from great wide-angle to moderate zoom. This is the perfect do-it-all lens.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

For travelling, this is the lens......

By Ronald

from Undisclosed

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

It is very impractical to be on a vacation and bringing all kinds of lenses. I do have the typical professional lenses. They are better than this Nikon 24-120mm f4.0 lens, but I am not willing to be a mule carrying all those lenses. If we know how to process the photos that we take, this lens is sufficient. Please see the example.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes, I would buy this Nikon 24-120mm again.

By 12bar

from winston-salem nc

Verified Buyer

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

I've been doing street photography, architectural photography and fine art photography since 2005. Never shot film…don't care about it. For 5 years I've had 2 D300's that I shoot with and carry both of them.
Don't really want to switch lenses outside in nature.
Recently sold a Tamron 180mm macro and a Nikon 85mm 1.4G…and bought the 24-120mm 4G Nikon. Before getting the 24-120mm a friend loaned a Nikon 24-70mm to me and I used that loaner lens a few days..I wasn't really impressed with the 24-70 and it did carry a bit of weight and size..The other lens is I use on the D300 is the Nikon 10-24mm.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice piece of glass

By steve

from Scituate, RI

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this lens because I needed an FX lens for my D810. I have shot 2 weddings with it already. It is tack sharp and very vivid. Was using a 17-55 DX but this lens makes the D810 a better camera. Only downfall is the barrel extends out fairly far when zoomed out fully.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good product

By tom

from tennessee

Verified Buyer

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

this is used on my wife's dx Nikon d7100. I know this is an fx lens but it has a 77mm objective so all of my filters will fit this lens. she shoots flowers , butterflies, birds, etc. so the effective 36mm-180mm is a very good range for this type of shooting. also the fixed f4 focuses quicker/better than the f5.6 she was using. less diffraction. great bokeh......negative; wish the barrel did not extend during zoom. would prefer it to be like the 70-200mm. f4.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good travel lens

By Kariuki

from Undisclosed

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

It's very suitable for situations where I don't want to change lenses but can cover more photo opportunities faster with only one lens and one camera.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love This Lense!!

By BobN

from King of Prussia, pennsylvania

Verified Buyer

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

After reading many mixed reviews by many different photographers, some stating the lens was very soft and others stating just the opposite I decided to see for myself. Two days before going on vacation I decided to pull the trigger and get this lens. I'm not disappointed at all! Yes, you do get much sharper photos if you stop it down to f/5.6 or f/8. I didn't find the photos that soft when shot wide open at f/4. I'm using it on a D810 which shows all of the weaknesses on every lens I use. It is a great all day walk around lens, just right for wide angle and for telephoto shots. I didn't notice the distortion that everybody has complained about. I do have the latest Nikon distortion software loaded so it must be working very well. I would recommend this lens, any lens can be picked apart for it's weaknesses. I feel this is a great lens. I bought it to replace my 24-85 f/3.5-4 lens. The VR works great when shooting in low light with slow shutter speeds.

(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The very best lens I own, it is really good.

By photoman

from WV, KY and VA.

Verified Buyer

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

Great Lens.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens for weddings

By Jim

from Undisclosed

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

This focal length and aperture is great, especially for weddings...you can shoot all day and do groups and portraits with the same lens...and... you can do great portraits at f4

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Heavy, But Worth the Weight

By Steve W.

from Arlington, Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

I use this on a Nikon D750 and find that I change lenses very infrequently when shooting with the 24-120mm. It's a great focal range that covers a wide variety of shooting requirements. The only drawback is the f/4 aperture, but this can easily be offset by adjusting the ISO. I also have a 50mm f/1.8 that I keep in the camera case just in case I need a faster lens.

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