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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Zoom lens with Vibration Reduction for compatible Nikon SLR cameras

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From wide-angle landscapes and memorable wedding shots to fantastic-looking portraits, Nikon's versatile 24-120mm zoom delivers superior, professional-quality images no matter what comes your way. This lens's constant maximum f/4 aperture maintains your exposure settings throughout its entire zoom range for easier shooting with your SLR. And on-demand manual focusing lets you switch quickly from auto to manual focus with just a twist of the barrel.

Steady your hand-held shots
Built-in Vibration Reduction helps your photos come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

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Highlights:

  • AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • compatible with Nikon DX or FX digital, and select 35mm film SLR cameras
  • 36-180mm effective focal length for DX sensor cameras
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables handheld shooting at up to four shutter speeds slower for sharper photos and video capture
  • minimum focus distance: 18 in.
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
  • three aspherical lens elements provide clear, accurate focus from one edge of the image to the other
  • two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens elements offer superior sharpness and color correction
  • Nano Crystal lens coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • attachment/filter size: 77mm
  • lens is 3-5/16" in diameter, 4-1/2" long
  • weight: 25 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • bayonet lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and soft lens pouch

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Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility
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Nikon
Image Stabilization
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Yes
Focal Length
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24-120mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/4
Weight
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25 ounces
Parts Warranty
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5 Years w/ registration
Labor Warranty
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5 Years w/ registration
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What's in the box?

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  • 24-120mm AF-S Nikkor zoom lens
  • LC-77 Lens cap (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • HB-53 Lens hood
  • CL-1218 Soft lens case
  • User's Manual (En/Sp/Fr + 11 other languages)
  • Warranty form
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

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Specifications
Warranty Information

Features

Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens is a compact and versatile 5x standard zoom lens with an f/4 maximum aperture. It comes with a soft lens case and a bayonet lens hood.

Nano Crystal Coat: Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and internal flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements: The lens has two Extra-low Dispersion elements for superior sharpness and color correction. ED elements minimize chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture setting.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare, by enhancing light transmission.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: This lens is equipped with Nikon's VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization, which uses voice coil motors to shift the lens. VRII enables hand-held shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible. You can turn VR II on or off using the switch on the side of the lens. When switched on, you can also select the VR mode as follows:

  • Normal: The vibration reduction mechanism primarily reduces the effects of camera shake in general, and while panning horizontally or vertically.
  • Active: The effects of camera shake, such as that which occurs when taking pictures from a moving vehicle.

Internal Focus: Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-53 bayonet-type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 1-1/2" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Focal Length: 24-120mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 1.5' at all zoom settings
  • Focusing Method: Internal focusing (IF) system, AutoFocus using a Silent Wave Motor, manually by a separate focus ring
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 13 groups, including 2 ED, 3 aspherical, and some with Nano Crystal Coat-deposited lens elements
  • Angle of View:
    • FX/35mm Format: 84° to 20° 20'
    • DX Format: 61° to 13° 20'
    • IX240 System: 71° to 16° 20'
  • Dimensions: Diameter=3.308", Length=4.473 to 6.231" (w/o lens caps)
  • Weight: approximately 25 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

 
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5 out of 5

Awesome Lens!

Written By Nikonsteve1, Murfreesboro, TN on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Bought this lens as a replacement for my 24-70mm f/2.8. For my purpose it works just fine. I was needing a little more reach and VR and this fits the bill very nicely. F/4.0 is definitely slower than f/2.8 but again it is all I need. Focus's fast with no "hunting" or "lens creep." Slightly sharper than my 18-200mm.
Pros:
Fairly good range. Used on a D7100 it has great telephoto but not as great wide angle. Constant f/4.0 is a big plus.
Cons:
It is great for what it is. Really wouldn't be fair to compare it to mid-range f/2.8 zoom.
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5 out of 5

Lens gets an unfair bad rap - It's excellent

Written By ed in NJ, White House Station, NJ on Saturday, February 15, 2014
 
This lens gets an unfair bad rap as not being sharp at the telephoto end. I'm looking at a 20x30 print right now of a Buddha statue head sticking up out of the snow. I was probably 8-10 feet away. I can see individual ice crystals around the statue's neck, 120mm f4, D800E. Action photos of dogs catching frisbees in the snow, shot between 80mm and 120mm at f4, I can see individual hairs flying in the wind at 100% magnification. No sharpness problems here, throughout the lens' range, on a D800E which is the ultimate camera for showing lens quality because of its sensor resolution. Why the bad rap? I teach photo workshops, and I've turned people complaining about this lens into fans by focusing on a few things. Learn to be a steady platform. VR isn't magic. With high density sensors you see the limits of VR. At 120mm, no slower than 1/60 unless you're really steady. Understand diffraction, with high density sensors, diffraction starts after f8. Get the focus right, at 120mm f4, you have 6 inches of depth of field. Pay attention to those things and you'll love this lens. It does have some weaknesses. Because it's f4, focus is a tiny bit slower than with fast lenses of the same age. Still much faster than older lenses. At 24mm it has a bit of mustache distortion, but easily fixed by lens profiles in post processing. At f4 distracting backgrounds are more distracting than at f1.4 or 2.8. Not as sharp as a prime.

Great walk around lens. Strongly recommended.
Pros:
Sharp; good VR; fast focusing for an f4 lens; excellent flare control; covers 90% of what most people shoot; very quiet autofocus.
Cons:
Bit of wide angle distortion at wide end; at f4 more DOF than you may wish for; some examples have zoom creep issues when carried facing down; 77mm filters cost a lot; people will disrespect your lens choice - ignore them.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Lens

Written By John, Avon Lake, OH on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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Excellent lens providing moderate wide angle to moderate tele length. Very smooth operation and good build quality. The reach to 120mm really gives this lens some additional usability.
Pros:
Constant aperture, ability to easily override the autofocus.
Cons:
A little pricy compared to some other short and moderate length zooms but, worth it for the additional flexibility you get.
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5 out of 5

Quite good indoors

Written By NTillero, Holly Springs, GA on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Had the 28-300 and exchanged for this one. Focus is much faster, no need to crank up the ISO, pictures are sharper.
Pros:
Focus is faster than 28-200
Cons:
Reach not as long. But most my shots (80%) are indoors.
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3 out of 5

Nice Walk Around Lens for FX

Written By Ray G, New York on Monday, October 29, 2012
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Having owned and loved the 16-85 VR on my D7000, this seemed like a no brainer purchase for my D800 but unfortunately, while the focal length was the same, that's about where the similarities end. The 24-120 Focal Length is fantastic as a single lens to take on vacation, family gatherings, and general photography. The VR is very effective, especially if you are taking video with your DSLR. The lens I did receive was a very good copy, when tested with FoCal, it only required a -2 fine tune adjustment. The image quality of this lens is very good to excellent on the Wide and Normal side of the lens, but unfortunately it's less then stellar on the telephoto side. Even stopped down to f/8 it just never seems to deliver the corner to corner sharpness that the 16-85 does. Do not interpret that as the image quality is unusable, it's still very good, but it just lacks the crispness that is found on the normal side. Subjects eyes in portraits taken at 120mm are soft and lack the pop that you get at the 70mm side, which increases the amount of time in post trying to clean up the limitations of the lens.

That doesn't mean this is a bad lens, it's a very good lens, but if you shoot more on the 70 - 120mm side than the 24-70 side, you might find this to be not as sharp as your hoped or that the price demands. In the end I returned the lens as just was not satisfied with the Price vs Performance. Nikon should re-price this lens @ $999.99. As always your milage may vary.
Pros:
Very useful range, Constant Aperture, Compact, VR
Cons:
Image quality is not as good as the price will you make you believe
15 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love this lens

Written By John, Columbus, OH on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Bought this lens as an open box item. Was reassurred that it had a 60 day return privilege. It shipped immediately and looked like new when received. I have six lens for my D7000 and this one is on the camera 75% of the time.
Pros:
It is tack sharp, focuses quickly and accurately, has great VR and the color/contrast is Nikon Pro quality.
Cons:
None
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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