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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-120 mm f/3.5-5.6D IF VR

Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF-S 24-120 mm f/3.5-5.6D IF VR
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 24 - 120 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 84 - 20.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.5 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.7
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 15 elements / 13 groups
Filter diameter 72 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 77 x 94 mm
Weight 575 g
Additional information Marketed 2003
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3.42 Average
Owners reviews (4)
  1. Mirko Capuano Fotografia
    Mirko Capuano Fotografia 9 September 2013, 18:56
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    IP 217.200.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 250
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: One of less sharp Nikon lenses ever made. At 120mm is never sharp, maybe at f/11 , focusing at infinity. Huge distortion on FX and huge chromatic aberration. Poor corner performance on FX, noticeable vignetting at 24mm on FX. So-so overall performance on DX. Not suitable for high resolution cameras due to poor lens sharpness.

    Pros: Solid well made package, effective VR stabilization, lightweight if compared to 24-70 2.8

    Summary: Not suggested

  2. Georgie
    Georgie 18 June 2013, 22:24
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    IP 12.181.x.x
    Owner since:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Big and heavy, rotating front element, distortions on the short end, slow on the long end.

    Pros: Excellent contrast, very good sharpness, excellent build, low CA, flare resistant.

    Summary: This is one of my favorite lenses. The other similar one is 28-105/3.5-4.5D. The lens has very good contrast and resolution on FF sensor. Compared to 28-105 the resolution is slightly lower but the contrast is slightly higher. I think people complaining about this lens tried it on APS-C, where it probably doesn't show its full potential. Focusing is quick and precise. Images it produces are absolutely lovely, clean colors, low CA, low internal reflections and flare. It's really a pleasure using this lens. There are many used ones available and prices are low, while it performs better than many more expensive lenses.

  3. Tfeazel
    Tfeazel 19 December 2012, 21:35
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    IP 72.186.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $350
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Soft when compared to prime lenses by "pixel peeping." Specifically, Nikon 85 f1.8, Nikon 24 f2.8 AI, Nikon 50 f1.8 and Nikon 28 f2.8. Comparison was done on D600, so subtle sharpness differences could be observed.

    Pros: Versatile, used bargain. Compares favorably with other zooms, I am used to the performance of Leica lenses, and this lens suits me for general purpose shooting. Critical shots for big enlargements (above 16x20) need a prime lens.

    Summary: A good (not great) walk around lens. I may buy the f4 version at some point.

  4. Martin
    Martin 5 March 2011, 04:47
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    IP 121.222.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 700
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: This is certainly not a lens where sharp is critical. Heavy. Slow.

    Pros: Brilliant useable range. Sturdy build.

    Summary: A fair lens which is priced well. I use it for harsh conditions and where I can only carry the camera and no other gear.

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