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Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm Thomas, August 2012
 

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.0G VR verdict

The Nikon 24-120/4.0G VR delivers good overall performance, but unfortunately the FX-corners look like the lens has been designed with only a 12MP FX-sensor in mind: On a 36MP full-frame sensor you need to stop down to f8 to lift FX-corner performance to good levels. That said, it is a worthy kit-zoom for any Nikon FX-body and its 5x zoom range with a useful minimum focus distance is very practical in many situations. Plus on a DX-body it mostly delivers good to very good performance, even reaching excellent levels in the center up to 70mm.

But the gold-ring and high price-tag indicated a claim to outperform the lesser (and cheaper) Nikon 24-85/3.5-4.5G VR. That didn't happen in my tests. In the end the 24-120/4.0 can claim 35mm (=40%) more reach and a brighter constant f4.0 aperture that gives you a 1/3 of a stop advantage from 70mm onwards, plus less distortions than its smaller sibling. Whether this is worth a 500 EUR (100%) mark-up is up to you.

But apart from the price, the lens is a solid performer and earns a Recommended rating. But again I'd strongly suggest you also check out the more recent Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-4.5, as while it may be shorter at the tele-end and lack a constant aperture, its performance is better than its lower price suggests.

   
   

 

Summary

Good points
Good to very good quality in the DX image-circle.
Image stabilization.
Weather sealing.
Quiet AF operation.

Bad points
Needs stopping down to f8 for good FX-corners.
Flare and ghosting not well controlled.
A bit pricey for the performance.

 

 

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