The 5x AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR redefines the wide-to-portrait lens category. This zoom lens features a fixed f/4 maximum aperture, Nano Crystal Coat, ED glass and Nikon VR II (4-stop) image stabilization, offering discriminating Nikon digital FX-format SLR photographers an ideal blend of versatility and high performance—there simply isn't any other lens like it on the market.Features: Compact and versatile 5X standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture Perfect for landscapes, portraits, weddings and distant subjects offering a constant maximum aperture to maintain exposure settings throughout the entire zoom range and VR II Image Stabilization. Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture. 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture setting. M/A Focus Mode Switch Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation. Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas. Extended range on Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras Angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 36-180mm in FX/35mm format. Nano Crystal Coat Further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity. 3 Aspherical Lens Elements Aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration, even when shooting at the widest available aperture. Internal Focus (IF) Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range. Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare. Includes:AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR LensHB-53 Bayonet Lens HoodLC-77 Snap-on Front Lens CapLF-1 Rear Lens CapCL-1218 Soft Lens Case
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1 out of 1(100%)reviewers would recommend this product.
This lens is a godsend. For my full frame D-700, this lens not only covers 90% of the focal lengths usually needed, but by some unknown magic, succeeds in doing it exceedingly well.
Unlike all other lenses I have used, and I own many of the best, this one stands out from the rest by virtue of having no serious optical limitations through it's entire 5:1 zoom ratio. In short, it's crisp corner to corner, wide open at all focal lengths. Best of all, it's images have that hard to pin down trait that some refer to as "image quality". You can clearly see this difference on the cameras monitor with no magnification. (no joke) Performance remains high all the way to longest focal lengths where many zooms tend to become flat and lifeless. Some might just call this the high contrast that results from superior coating, and that's part of it, but I believe there's more to it than that. Other lenses I own that also have that difficult to define "sparkle" are the 17-35, the 24-70, and the 80-200 F2.8 Nikkors, but except for the telephoto, both of the shorter zooms display annoying optical aberations that can not be corrected with software. Not the 24-120. As you might expect, such performance comes at a cost. This lens is big and quite heavy. (the earlier variable aperture version is far more comfortable to use, but the optical performance of that lens is horrendous) The zoom ring is placed out front where it can't be turned with one finger while holding the camera with both hands. Maybe just as well, it's optical formula necessitates a rather stiff turning ring anyway.
There are other tradeoffs as well. The lens distorts quite noticably, but then again, so do all other digital era wide angle zooms. It also vignettes far more noticably than the pricey 24-70, but fortunately both of these weaknesses are easy to correct with software. And those corrections work suprisingly well.
At 24mm, performance is much better than the 24mm F2.8 prime, as well as the 17-35, but maybe just a sliver behind the 24-70, but that lens is commonly regarded as one of the very best. In the middle, it can't quite produce the dazzling brilliance of the 50mm 1.4 prime, though it pretty much matches its resolution. At the long end, its performance is just about neck and neck with the 80-200, but that lens is a narrow range monster that does not suffer the indignity of having to perform wide angle tasks as well.
In short, the 24-120 is my idea of a "must have" for wedding/portrait /landscape photographers who shoot with Nikon full frame cameras. It is the only lens I know of that with a little software help, can pretty much rival anything out there over such a wide and useful focal length range.
Pros: Beautiful Colors/Contrast, Good Low-Light Performance