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

April 12, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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#1 TaoTeJared

Great review!  Hit the high points and often overlooked bokeh very well.  Your images showed sharpness and great skill:)

I would love to see a portraiture of something at 24-28mm (closer) range at F4.  That was the only thing on my check list I didn’t see. 

Any thoughts on ability of dust to enter in from the extended barrel or how fragile it may be when extended? 

I have the older lens and it is a real Love-Hate relationship especially on DX.  I am glad to see they finely came out with something worth while with the 24-120mm range.  Great portrait/walk around range on DX.

9:58 am - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#2 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Thank you for your kind words.

I would not call the lens fragile when extended - of course you will always want to be careful when handling it, it’s a precision instrument after all -, but it’s a pretty solid lens. Some dust may be sucked in during zoom operation, as with any lens with a non-internal zoom mechanism, but I think you would have to shoot for an extended time in a very dusty/sandy environment in order for the dust/sand to make it into the optical path or cause mechanical problems.

As to portraits in the 24-28mm range, I do not think I would ever use a lens that wide for any kind of portraiture - I suppose I would stop at 35mm even for an environmental portrait, and definitely use a telephoto lens (or the telephoto range of a zoom lens) for anything tighter. But it might be just me… Group shots are a different thing; I would not hesitate using this lens at around the wide end for that if I had a large group of people to photograph.

1:51 pm - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#3 Larry Lourcey

Great post.  Looks like another killer addition to the Nikon line.  Just another thing I “need” in my camera bag!

Twitter: @larryphoto

12:49 am - Thursday, April 14, 2011

#4 Anfal

Nice review. Surprising that this review did not turn up before i bought this lens. Bought this lens to pair with D750 after a lot of time researching the 24 120 f4 and the 24 70 f2.8. came to the conclusion that 24 70 2.8 does not provide extremely significant quality difference for the price you are paying. Currently 24 120 is on a discount and I managed to get it for less than $700, which is quite reasonable. VR is definitely a bonus as it helps in video. For an enthusiast photographer this is the perfect choice. If you are a pro you would be using primes I’m sure. This lens is sharp enough for any use. Corner softness is not a deal breaker because you never place your main subject in the corners. Perfectly happy with the lens. Highly recommended.

9:15 am - Monday, June 27, 2016

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