AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Truly a wonderful lens
I use this lens on a D3 and the photographs that I take with it are crisp, clear and exceed my expectations. I use it for 80 percent of my photographs and I am always impressed. It is light and comfortable, and well balanced on my camera. I find the focal length range perfect for everything from events to industrial work.
The lens focuses very fast, the zoom is well damped, and I have no lens creep, The shade works very well, and provides a little extra protection for he front lens element. The VR mode is the best part of this lens and really pays off in low light settings.
This lens is everything Nikon is known for in its optics line. I have yet to find any faults.
July 30, 2010
Best all around lens
I have been using this lens for over 5 years as my principal all around lens with excellent results. I've used it with a D70, D200 and D300 body.
July 30, 2010
Most versatile lens
Inspite of so many negative review I love this lens.
It worls as designed. I'm an advanced non-pro. Lens is great for travel; the only one I used on a recent trip to Hawaii.
July 30, 2010
my everyday lens .
I am on my 2nd Nikon 24-120mm VR lens. the first was damaged in a fall. The insurance company sent me a check and I could have gotten any lens with the money but I had to get another 24-120mm because I just love the lens.
I keep it on one of my camera bodies at all time. it is super sharp and crisp. On my digital camera bodies (DX bodies D300 and D200) the lens is fast to focus and well balanced.
On my F100 film camera the lens is a true charmer. 24mm is very wide and the range is all I need from most of my photography jobs.
The VR really helps after a full day of shooting when my arms and hands start to shake more.
Just remember the lens will not last long if you drop it down 24 stone steps like I did .. but it was worth getting another one the very next day....
July 15, 2010
The handiest lens
There is nothing I have to say in my opinion that is bad about this lens. I deliver 24x36 prints from jpg with no problems. I will say I get tired of people saying this lens is bad and not sharp, I have even heard it was one on Nikon's worst lenses. If this is the worst (and it is not,) the case is simple. Then Nikon does not make a bad lens.
July 13, 2010
Good general purpose lens
I owned this lens for quite some time and never really found it to be as poor as some have claimed. Than again, I am not a professional and I did not demand things from the lends that I knew it would not produce, given the price point of it. I recently sold it, only to upgrade to the new Nikon 28-300 mm lens, which allows me to leave my 70-300 mm lens home in a lot of situations. Overall, I must say that I was very satisfied with my 24-120 mm f 3.5 lens while I had it and put it to a lot of good use.
December 27, 2010
Great Wedding lens
I owned the original 24-120 'D' model, the one with the aperture ring, so I was intrigued when Nikon developed and sold and newer model. This is a great wedding lens. It isn't that sharp, but that works in your favor since Brides really don't want images that are that sharp, particularly if they reveal flaws. It's just sharp enough to get the job done.
December 8, 2010
Great All-around lens
There is no such thing as a perfect lense, but as far as multi-purpuse goes this 24-120 mm is a must. It is true that a 70-200 mm gives you sharper images, but its unfair to compare them, given the huge price difference. Then again depends on what are you going to use it for. If I am outdoors and there is plenty of light, I would probably have this one on, just because of the weight. Would be a 5 star if it was a f/2.8
August 2, 2010
Convenient range, heavy, OK for sharpness
Purchased the lens as part of the package with the Nikon D700. The lens is heavy, and when added to the D700 it makes a substantial load. The lens is not as sharp as my other Nikon lenses, but satisfactory for what I do. Although it supplies a convenient range, it is not quite wide enough nor long enough. A range of 18-200 would fit my needs much better. Finishing and mechanisms are smooth as silk.
July 31, 2010
This is a decent lens. Not great. Not bad.
A 24-120VR on an FX camera is NOT as useful as an 18-200VR on a DX camera. It comes up short of being equal to the wide angle and telephoto equivalents of the 18-200. My 24-120 is not sharp wide open at the edges. Not even close. Stop down a bit and it is a good general purpose lens. Fine with SB CLS flash. The Nikon shooters need a better FX version of a wide to tele zoom. I suggest a 24-240VR, a 25-250VR or a 28-280VR for the FX line-up.
July 30, 2010
Great all purpose lens but rather slow.
I've had a 24-120mm AFD lens for several years. I hesitated to buy a second lens with the same focal length and aperture range but I'm glad I did. The auto-focus is much faster than the old lens and the VR is a nice feature. It is easier to use with polarizers since the front element doesn't rotate. I wish it was wasn't a "G" lens, however. With my F5 it is a dream, but with the N90 it can only be used in program or shutter priority mode. The N90 also doesn't support VR, although it does support the AF-S function.
It's a great all purpose lens, but not a replacement for ultra wides, telephotos, or close-up lenses.
It's also good to have some fast lenses such as the 50mm F1.4 and the 180mm F2.8 for low light conditions.
July 30, 2010
Good overall, BUT....
This is a good lens and works nicely. It isn't quite as wide angle as the 18-105, but it seems to be built sturdier and has less vignetting from what I've noticed. The big caveat is the BOKEH!!! Severe onioning and halos when shooting shallow depth of field and having something that will provide round blur in the background. If this weren't an issue I'd easily give it 4 1/2 stars.
October 20, 2011
This lense does not focus fast. The 24-120 f4g is much faster. On the nikon site it does not allow one to register the lense because there is no place to input the serial number. I have been told that Nikon no longer keeps track of products registered with them. Is this true or not. I have been a regular customer of Nikon since 1972 and find the service to be quite lacking at the present time.
April 15, 2011
Not bad but Ok.
I initially enjoyed this lens when I purchased my D700 but the thing that i dont understand is why Nikon doesnt provide higher end kit lenses for their higher FX cameras. like a 24-120 f/4, or make the 18-35 f/4 a kit lens for the new ones.
All together i wish this lens was better just add 400 more and make it better.
August 12, 2010
Wait for the upgrade
Rumor is a new version of this lens is coming out shortly. I will be the first in line if its what is being reported. A 24-120 F4 VR. The old version has lots of detractors carping about its sharpness. I have 2 of these lenses and sharpness has not been an issue. On a FX body this focal is a good one lens only walk about option
August 1, 2010
A nice walk around lens, but with the full framers, it is time to have a F4 and a bit sharper replacement.
July 30, 2010
If you have a full frame camera (like D700 or D3 etc.) this would be an ideal carry-around lens to have on your camera for all the time. For a full frame camera this is wide enough for most occasions and at 120mm on the other end it has enough zoom for most urban situations. If you are walking around a city as a tourist taking pictures of buildings, people, landscapes this would be an ideal lens. In a compact package and light weight, it is a very convenient lens to carry around. To add to all that convenience you also get the VR feature which helps in shadows and low lights to get a sharper picture.
However, this lens is not as sharp as I would have liked. I have used Nikon's legendary 18-200 DX lens (which only works on smaller frame DX cameras), and it is extremely sharp. No matter how hard I tried I could not get as sharp pictures as 18-200mm with my 24-120mm lens. It is soft.
For the price, you may still get satisfactory performance out of this lens with all the convenience of weight, size and VR.
July 30, 2010
Tried so hard to get this lens to be sharp but...
I probably put over 10 hours into this lens to get it to produce sharp images. I tweaked the AF-Fine tune and stopped it down, but just couldn't get any sharp images. I'm a budget Nikon shooter and I have had success stopping down cheap lenses and precisely configuring AF-Fine tune, but this lens is a dud. I told myself I would never get rid of it since by spec it looks so good! However, I finally had enough with it and sold it. I guess the 24-85 VR is the only other option for a budget amateur FX shooter. Not sure if that one will be better since I'm inclined to believe that any lens with 24+ zoom is pushing optical limits. Yeah I know the 24-70 2.8 is great, but it's huge and I don't dump $1000+ into lenses as an amateur it's just not worth it. I'll stick with my 24mm 2.8 prime and the superb 28-105 D for now.
April 15, 2015
I dreamed of owning a Nikon SLR since the very first F-models came out but it did not become reality until I retired in 2005. I was able to purchase a new D70 body and a new SWM VR ED IF 24-120 zoom lens to go with it. I soon found out that there is NO sharp point of focus. The infamous yardstick test shows that there is an area that is less unsharp than the surrounding area but nothing that can be called a sharp point of focus.
2 years later I bought a D90 body and it shows the same lack of performance with 4 different lenses one of which is not a Nikon brand. Do I expect too much from digital cameras and lenses?
I sent the D70 and lens back to Nikon for repair with a letter of explanation but the camera returned no better than it had been and I was $300 poorer.
May 10, 2011
Photos are soft.
I have owned this lens for several years. Eventually, I stopped using it very often, because of my disappointment with how soft my images were. I use a tripod and cable release for much of my nature photography, but the images tend to not be sufficiently sharp. I have an older NIikon 28-105 lens that is sharper. I went back to it. I also have a Nikon 14-24 F2.8 lens that is fantastic.
April 14, 2011
Not for Pros
I've had a love/hate/hate relationship with this lens. It covers a wide range of focal lengths, and occasionally I can get a tack sharp image. But as someone else indicated, the AF is buggy and gets way confused. Worse, this is an early VR lens, and the mechanism constantly shifts. The net result are images that are very soft, and unacceptable at the pro level.
I used it only because it is compact & there was nothing else available without continually changing lenses.
Nikon should've updated this lens a long time ago. Now I see they finally have. Time to get out the credit card.
October 13, 2010
One of my least favorite lenses. The kit lens that came with my wife's D60 is faster focusing and has batter sharpness. This lens is just too soft on my D3 and D700 and is constantly hunting focus.
August 21, 2010
Below Average for a Nikon lens
I have owned 3 of these lenses. 2 I had to send back to Nikon for repair, because they lost focus point over time and produced unsharp images. Another thing that I do not like is the wide range opening aperture from 3.5 to 5.6. It makes it impossible to get correct exposures in a studio location. The only nice part is the wide zoom range and small size. This is the only "dud" in my wide arsenal of Nikon lenses.
July 30, 2010
The 24-120 is a good walk-a-bout lens, but falls short on maximum f stop, making it less useful for low light situations. I would gladly pay more for this zoom range with a max F 2.8.
July 30, 2010
avoid this one
Ken Rockwell got this one right in his review as one of Nikon's ten worst lens ever made.
it is horribly soft focusing at any F stop below F8.
and a ton of Barrel distortion at its wide 24mm.
If I were Nikon I would have scrubbed this one from the line up as it does nothing to further Nikon or Nikkor's great reputation for superior products and quality.
July 20, 2011
One of the worst lenses I have ever owned. Soft focus for family groups is unacceptable.
April 12, 2011