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

(based on 354 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (231)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 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

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.

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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.

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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

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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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5.0

Yes, it's just what I wanted.

By grumpy

from Wichita, KS

Verified Buyer

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

I use it as my everyday walk around.
It's smaller, lighter and more coverage
than the 28-70 2.8 that it replaced.

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5.0

Excellent Range

By Patch

from Pacific Northwest

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    The zoom range of this lens is excellent for travel photography, or anytime when it is inconvenient to change lenses. It is sharp, easy to use, easy to carry, and fits easily into my camera bag. It also focuses at a much closer range than listed. I am extremely happy with it.

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    4.0

    Great functional lens.

    By Bloomj

    from Howell, Michigan

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

    I love how I can carry just one lens to get a large range of focal lengths. Great lens to have in your tool kit.

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    5.0

    Amazing Lens

    By J Leavitt

    from New York

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

    This lens has taken my photography to the next level. The focus is spot on, the colors are vibrant, and I love how much of the scene or how close in I can get on my subject... All in one lens! I am thrilled with it's performance and my purchase.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens!!

    By DonD

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      I used this lens on a Nikon D750 body recently, a trip to Havasu Falls. Fast focusing, great range of focal lengths, excellent sharpness. You can't go wrong with this lens for landscapes.

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazingly Sharp!

      By Guygabriel

      from New York Metropolitan Area

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Not Ideal For Bokeh

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      I originally purchased this lens for my Nikon D800E some time ago as a "walk-around" lens, but honestly rarely used it, opting instead for my24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8. However, recently I decided to give it a real workout during a tour of NYC, and boy was I surprised. The photos were amazingly sharp, the VR was a real plus. and the maximum aperture of f/4 was definitely fast enough. I mean you're not going to get the nice Bokeh of the f/2.8 lens, but for shooting landscapes, and reducing the number of lenses in your kit for a day of shooting, it was perfectly fine.

      I will undoubtedly use this lens on a more-regular basis.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Second One

      By Bob R

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Zoom Range

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Baby Photography
        • Familyvacation
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

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

        I purchased one of these lenses several years ago and loved it. It's such a great all-in-one lens that I bought a second one for my daughter and her husband to photograph their first baby.

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        • Yes

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The Swiss arrny knife of lenses

        By zucchinidog

        from Elk Grove, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • 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 Lens:

          I am an enthusiast and not a pro. I enjoy taking photos of benign looking things and hopefully present them in ways which might aid others like me to look at things differently. This lens has become my daily glass attached to my camera. It has enough range to capture the the things which surrounds daily life. It allows me to come close to my subject or stay back if needed. The fixed f/4 is certainly powerful to use in daylight, indoors and even into the evening hours. Photos are sharp and the colors stay vivid. Graceful bokeh effect is achieved during proper settings. My only quibble is the vignetting when pushed to its full 120mm range.

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          5.0

          Excellent Weight to Quality Considerations

          By Mike A

          from Salt Lake City, UT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

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

            I shoot for skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering periodicals and winter sports production companies. My focus is on big mountain, backcountry and extreme sports. It is imperative to be fast and light on the mountain, therefore I have paired this lens with the D750 body so that I can have great quality without having to heave a 2.8 around with me on big mountain days.

            I do use a 70-200 2.8 on powder days but it does feel like an anvil after several hours of shooting with it. I also use the 20mm 1.8 in some cases where an ultrawide is needed. However the 24-120 is on my camera body 80% of the time and I can only typically carry just one body and one lens or I get weighed down too much to be useful as a photographer and a mountaineering team member.

            My copy of the lens is very sharp even at the corners stopped down to 5.6 or greater. Bokeh is decent but not as nice as the 70-200 obvously. I don't use the hood and get minimal flaring and ghosting.

            I'd recommend this lens to anyone who does photographic work that is rigorously and physically demanding because of its relatively light weight and its very good image quality.

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'm Back

            By Stevespassion

            from Eastern, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. I had purchased this lens sometime ago and then last fall when Nikon introduced the 24-70 f/2.8 with VR I just knew it had to be better. I did an earlier review on that product when I demo'd one in a store in Australia last November. And I really liked it. So what did I do? I sold my 24-120mm f/4 VR to buy the 24-70mm VR. Guess I got a bad copy because it wasn't tack sharp at 2.8 and there was vignetting at 2.8. See other reviews on the 24-70mm f/2.8 VR claiming the same issues. For the significant difference in cost I was disappointed and wound up returning it. I went back this great 24-120 f/4 ED VR and I've never been happier. Just goes to show that the old saying is true "...that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence!"

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic work horse lens

              By edphoto

              from Detroit Mi.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I'm an industrial photographer. This lens is my go to lens. It's crystal clear and handles all the adverse lighting conditions I run into. I shoot under sodium vapor, mercury vapor, fluorescent light source among others and this lens captures all the detail and then some. Well worth the $.

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                  • No

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                  (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic lens!

                  By Brian Oakley Photography

                  from Arizona

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I have been shopping for a new lens that I can use for landscape, but also in the studio for model and product photography that I do. There are some lenses out there that have grown in the marketplace, but when reading reviews there wasn't the consistency that Nikon provides and what I know them to be from personal use.
                  In my bag I have a D7000 as well as a D750 and this lens will work with either of them so that is a plus although the D7000 doesn't get the work it used to.
                  I bought this lens and took it out to a nearby lake during sunset and was very pleased. It has a quiet focus and was extremely sharp right out of the box before any calibration. A couple days later I took it out for a day trip to photograph some places in north central Arizona and it was the only lens I used.
                  The overall out this lens provides, clarity, sharp, and color is second to none.
                  Depending on what you are after it is not as fast as the 24-70 f/2.8, but that all comes down to application and for what I need this lens for it is perfect.
                  If I were to have anything bad to say it would be that the lens is not light. I do use a tripod for many of my shots, but to walk around shooting this all day it could get to be a bit much especially with the full frame bodies out there and if you had a battery pack on it as well.
                  Bottom line is I would certainly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a good all purpose lens that could easily be the primary lens used and in your bag.

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                  (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  It keeps getting better with time!

                  By TR Photography

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I've had this lens now for two years. It is just amazing. The perfect travel lens for me. Images are very sharp. The auto focus is fast enough to keep up with ballroom dancers!

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                    (22 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fantastic lens BUT...

                    By Thomas

                    from Scotland

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

                    I wanted to upgrade to a fixed aperture zoom on my D750. I had the 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 which in its own right is a fantastic light-weight lens. The 24-70 f2.8 was a little short as an every day lens for me and not necessarily affordable. The 24-120 f4 on the other hand was and is perfect - for me. It's heavier than the 24-85 but not nearly as much as the 24-70. Performance out the box as very good but wasn't blow me away great. My images were sharp, pretty much as good as the 24-85, but to me not 'tack sharp'. I used the lens for a few days before reading some online posts recommending that the lens (in particular) should be fine tuned in camera. So I calibrated the lens and couldn't believe the results. The lens is now fantastic - so sharp! I'm really pleased with it. It still has 'slight' barrel distortion which isnt going to go away. Most lenses have some element of distortion and Lightroom fixes this for me automatically - its not an issue. I highly recommend the lens!

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                    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best All in One!

                    By Mr. Gadget

                    from Delaware

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have many expensive lenses in my bag but this lens rarely leaves my camera. I am constantly amazed at the quality of images that come from this lens. Proves that a quality build and optics are present in this product. I can often take hand held photos in low light at 1/10 a second and still get razor sharp images. No other lens in my bag can do that!

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                    • No

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    All in one!

                    By A.D.A

                    from Thousand Oaks

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Small and yet good for everything.

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                      • No

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