Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

Last updated (23 January’12):
– Review by Shutterbug

Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED features 24-120mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 15 elements in 13 groups inc. 2 ED and 2 aspherical elements and has diagonal angle of view at 84 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.5m and has a filter size of 72mm. The Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens weighs 20.3 Ounces and it measures 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Reviews

Shutterbug reviews the Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED and writes;
“For panning, the lens will sense this and work in one attitude (horizontal or vertical) strongly while reducing the effect in the lesser direction. This really adds to a sharper effect overall and I was thrilled when I could also turn the zoom ring while the shutter went off rendering light streaks in straight lines without a tripod. “
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Photozone reviews the Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED and writes;
“The Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR showed a quite impressive performance for a zoom lens with a 5x focal length ratio. Apart from a few weak spots the resolution figures are very high and on an APS-C DSLR vignetting is not a big issue. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Bythom reviews the Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED and writes;
“There’s obvious barrel distortion and a slight amount of visible chromatic aberration at 24mm. And at 24mm and f/3.5 the image is somewhat soft. The telephoto end fares better, with slight pincushion distortion, no real chromatic aberration, and pretty decent edge-to-edge sharpness from f/8 onwards. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED and writes;
“The best thing about the 24-120 VR is its excellent VR system, which really does let me make great, perfectly tripod-sharp shots hand-held at down to 1/4 second throughout most of the zoom range, and down to 1/8 second at 120mm.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED User Reviews

Love the product, lukewarm on the seller, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens itself is wonderful and suited to just about any photo I want to take. I couldn’t be happier with it; it’s definitely worth the cost.. The VR stabilizes so well that I can even take night shots at a decent ISO without a tripod. “ – by Katherine P. Hildebrandt

Semi-pro | Rating: ★★★★★
“I also have the 70-200 2.8, which is another superb lens. However, the 24-120 goes with me everywhere. It is one of the most versatile lenses I own. I use it in the studio under dim lighting conditions and for most of the outdoor shooting I do.” – by Stephen Dow

Very Good Consumer Ouality Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The “VR” is terrific and the auto focus is very fast! Just make sure you focus on your main spot in the frame. It is easy to get an out of focus image with this lens if you are not careful! The build quality is good. It is pretty smooth to zoom with and is just light enough to stay on your camera for most of the time.” – by Gary Willner

lens review | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is fantastic for zoom shots. We loves it very much. Actually she was overwhelmed with what I got for her. It was a great experience (my first time actually) purchasing something from Amazon and I look forward to further purchases.” – by Kathryn White

A very underrated lens… | Rating: ★★★★★
“On a Nikon D700, its sharpness ranges from acceptable to impressive. Predictably, it works best in the middle of its zoom range… At its extremes — 24mm and 120mm — center performance is very good but edge performance doesn’t match prime lenses or even some zooms, though it’s still acceptable. Chromatic aberration is surprisingly well controlled and the vibration-reduction (VR) feature seems to help. Focusing is quick and silent.” – by Rodwally

Good for what it is intended. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“For the FX shooter, there just isn’t a very compelling Nikon-made modern walk-around lens solution and the 24-120VR hits all the requirements: wide to tele focal length; stabilization; light; quick and quiet autofocus. Now, this lens is not fast and it gets slow rather quickly in the zoom range, but I have found the lens to be an excellent party lens, hiking lens, or general vacation lens.” – by R. Lanthier

Sharp and versatile, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens came with my D700 kit. For the longest time, I did not have a term for comparison. I finally acquired a Nikon 80-200 2.8 (push-pull), which is supposedly much sharper than this lens (in the overlapping focal range). Surprise – it isn’t! Even when pixel peeping, I could not see the difference in sharpness when shooting at the respective lens optimal aperture.” – by Nick

Much Disparaged lens has Sample Variation — Good Lens = Great shots, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m find the lens has great range for walk-around purposes and for event shoots. It renders colors brilliantly, and it is sharp with very little putzing around needed with your settings. Half of the shots at my website at RonAnnArbor at […] in the D700 gallery are taken with the 24-120.” – by RonAnnArbor

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Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Specifications

The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens adds a powerful third zoom lens to Nikon’s line of Vibration Reduction (VR) lenses. VR is an advanced Nikon technology that overcomes one of the fundamental problems photographers face while photographing under conditions where it is difficult to hold the camera steady. VR technology helps eliminate image blur caused by camera shake, particularly when shooting in low-light conditions, allowing photographers to use shutter speeds about three times slower than they would ordinarily use to get sharp, well exposed images.

In addition to a compact design for easier handling, the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens features Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor Technology for fast, accurate and nearly silent focusing as well as a broad 5x zoom range that covers a variety of picture taking conditions from wide scenic landscapes to dramatic portraits and close-up pictures. Its VR technology offers photographers a wider range of picture taking conditions, while ensuring consistently sharp images. The versatility the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens makes it an ideal addition to any Nikon photographer’s camera bag.

The AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED offers a versatile focal range from wide-angle to telephoto and also gives photographers an unprecedented control over their pictures in a wide variety of difficult and tricky situations.

Nikon’s advanced Vibration Reduction technology allows photographers to use slower shutter speeds, yet achieve sharper, crisper pictures than before, and with Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor Technology for nearly instant autofocus response – overall image sharpness quality is raised to new levels.

In addition to Vibration Reduction, the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens includes a selection of Nikon advanced technologies such as Manual/Automatic mode, two Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and two Aspheric

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