Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor Review Round-Up

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Photo Zone

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. The amount of barrel distortions may be a little objectionable at 24mm (only) and the level of CAs could be a little better. Mechanically the lens is roughly in line with other consumer grade lenses made by Nikon so don’t expect a tank-like construction. The VR (Vibration Reduction) is a welcome addition to the feature list as is the very fast Silent Wave AF drive. All-in-all it’s a nice package but on APS-C DSLR the focal length range isn’t all that great anymore and most users shopping for a new lens will probably prefer to have a look at the new AF-S 18-200mm VR II. READ FULL REVIEW

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

SLR Gear

The Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 VR is a very popular optic, thanks to its convenient focal length range and its use of Nikon’s “VR” (Vibration Reduction) technology. … The downside of the 24-120’s excellent capabilities and relatively affordable price is that it just isn’t terribly sharp at anything close to its maximum aperture, and the very best results require stopping it down quite a bit. Its “sweet spot” ranges from f/8 at 24mm, to f/11 at 50-85mm, to f/16 at 120mm. … So what’s the bottom line for the 24-120mm? For the money, it would probably make a great “vacation” lens, wMORE you only want to lug along one lens on a trip, and so want one that can cover a wide range of focal lengths, yet still deliver reasonably good picture quality. Its VR capability likewise makes it well suited to travel situations, where you’re less likely to be hauling a tripod along as well. We’d like the lens a lot better if it were a bit sharper at larger apertures, but for a one-lens solution, it’s one of the better choices in Nikon’s arsenal. READ FULL REVIEW

Thom Hogan

Not a professional build, no aperture ring. Still, it’s solid, and the focus and zoom rings are smooth, if not silky. Optics could be better. Not up to the quality level of the 24-85mm AF-S, in my opinion. Filter Size is 72mm. Can we please just have 62mm or 77mm? Zoom and Focus rings are reversed. The lens feels “wrong” when you first go to zoom. No depth of field scale. We don’t even get cut-out depth of field charts in the manual, let alone anything on the lens. At least give us one set of markings for the widest angle, Nikon. Focus speed, yes, it’s an AF-S, yes, it’s silent, yes, it’s fast. Yes, you can override the focus manually. Despite the price, there are no AF-S compromises here. Yes, VR is very helpful in some situations. It’s not a crutch, but a trekking pole. For AF-S and VR the price is reasonable. But you’re getting those things at the expense of better optical performance. READ FULL REVIEW


In the short time that I’ve used this lens I’ve placed it in a number of situations with more than acceptable results. In general use on a number of trips the lens performed with aplomb. Even when the light was low and the weather was really pitiful, images shot at under 1/30 sec were needle sharp. I also used it at night to see if I could still walk around without a tripod with 100-speed film. I was never disappointed. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

I wouldn’t bother with this lens on a digital or serious film camera. Its specs look great on paper, and it was the first lens I put on my D3, but it’s optically poor. There are much better choices. Skip this for DX digital; get the superior 18-200mm DX VR instead. This G (gelded) lens won’t work on manual-focus film cameras. READ FULL REVIEW

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