Nikon 24-120 F4 G Ed Vr

By | 25/10/2022

This is an in-depth review of the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens that was released in August of 2010. The abiding maximum aperture, mid-range Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom lens was a major update to the Nikon 24-120mm f/iii.five-5.6G VR, which had been known at the time for being a sub-par lens optically. Shortly after the 24-120mm f/4G VR was announced, Nikon discontinued its variable-aperture predecessor and made the 24-120mm f/4G VR into a premium kit lens to exist arranged with college-end full-frame cameras. I take been using the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR for a number of years at present and I decided to update the existing review with more image samples, additional information, and upward-to-date lab measurements.

Nikon 24-120mm f/4 ED VR

The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR is a constant maximum discontinuity lens with a 5x zoom range that is designed for professional and advanced amateur photographers that need a mid-range lens with image stabilization to be used for many types of photography, including street, nature, travel and wedding ceremony photography. Dissimilar variable-aperture lenses that typically have an discontinuity of f/v.6 when zoomed all the fashion in, the Nikon 24-120mm stays at f/4 throughout the focal range, giving a i-stop reward to the 24-120mm f/four over variable-discontinuity lenses on the long stop (for example, the older Nikon 24-120mm f/three.five-5.6G lens had a maximum aperture of f/5.6 beyond 85mm and the current 28-300mm f/iii.5-five.6G VR superzoom is at f/5.six beyond 105mm).

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (55)
NIKON D810 + 24-120mm f/four @ 78mm, ISO 64, 6/10, f/8.0

In addition, the lens comes with plenty of updated optical features from Nikon, including 2nd-generation VR 2 (vibration reduction) applied science, which offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four stops. Cheers to the AF-Due south silent-moving ridge focus motor, the lens focuses quietly and accurately in various lighting conditions, and the 77mm filter thread makes it piece of cake to utilize specialized screw-on filters. The advanced optical formula consisting of 17 elements in thirteen groups with ii ED, three aspherical elements and Nano Crystal Coat all contribute to great operation throughout the zoom range.

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (53)
NIKON D810 + 24-120mm f/4 @ 40mm, ISO 64, 1/1, f/11.0

Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR Specifications

  • Mountain Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  • Focal Length Range: 24-120mm
  • Zoom Ratio: 5.0x
  • Maximum Discontinuity: f/4
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Format: FX/35mm
  • Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 61°
  • Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): thirteen°20′
  • Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 84°
  • Minimum Angle of View (FX-format): 20°30′
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.24x
  • Lens Elements: 17
  • Lens Groups: thirteen
  • Uniform Format(s): FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Distance Information: Yes
  • Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
  • ED Glass Elements: 2
  • Super Integrated Blanket: Yes
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • AF-S (Silent Moving ridge Motor): Yes
  • Internal Focusing: Yep
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5ft. (0.45m)
  • Focus Mode: Automobile, Transmission
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  • Dimensions (Approx.): 3.3×iv.ane in. (Diameter x Length), 84x103mm (Diameter x Length)
  • Weight (Approx.): 23.6 oz. (670g)
  • Supplied Accessories: HB-53 Bayonet Lens Hood, LC-77 Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap, CL-1218 Soft Lens Case
Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (1)
NIKON D3S + 24-120mm f/4 @ 50mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/5.6

Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful information can be institute in our NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR page of our lens database.

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (18)
NIKON D3S + 24-120mm f/iv @ 120mm, ISO 200, 1/1250, f/

Lens Construction and Handling

When compared to the older 24-120mm, the barrel of the 24-120mm f/4 is thicker, I would say about the aforementioned size as the butt of the Nikon 28-300mm lens. Zoomed out to 24mm, it is certainly more than compact than the 24-70mm or the 28-300mm lenses top-wise and also weighs much less than both. Here is how the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 compares against Nikon 24-70mm (left) and Nikon 24-120mm f/iii.5-5-6G (right):

Nikon 24-70mm vs Nikon 24-120mm f/4 vs Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 24-70mm vs Nikon 24-120mm f/4 vs Nikon 24-120mm f/3.v-5.6

When extended to 120mm, the lens gets bigger and almost reaches the elevation of the fully extended 24-70mm (apparently not quite as alpine as the Nikon 28-300mm):

Nikon 24-70mm vs Nikon 24-120mm f4 vs Nikon 24-120mm f3.5-5.6 Extended
Nikon 24-70mm vs Nikon 24-120mm f4 vs Nikon 24-120mm f3.5-v.half dozen Extended

The lens is congenital very similarly to the Nikon 28-300mm, with a plastic exterior and focus ring. The zoom ring is besides made of plastic and is covered with rubber for resistance. About of the recently-announced lenses by Nikon have a plastic exterior, which does not necessarily mean that the lenses are not solid – the interior of the Nikon 24-120mm contains enough of metal (which obviously contributes to the weight) and the lens mount is also fabricated of solid metal. When yous zoom in, the first extension tube by the zoom ring is metal, while the second ane that connects the forepart of the lens is plastic. The front part of the 24-120mm does not wobble when the lens is fully extended either. In many ways, the construction of the lens is very similar to that of 28-300 – a very high-quality build. The lens should be able to withstand common cold and hot temperatures, but I would non go out it nether the pelting, extreme moisture, and dusty environments.

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (6)
NIKON D3S + 24-120mm f/iv @ 120mm, ISO 1600, 1/125, f/v.6

Weight-wise, it is not a heavy lens when compared to the Nikon 28-300mm or 24-70mm lenses. Weighing virtually 670 grams, it is 230 grams lighter than the latter, which is a big difference. The lens feels very solid in easily and the zoom action is smooth and easy to rotate from 24 to 120mm and vice versa – information technology takes a half plough to go from 24 to 120mm. The focus band is made of plastic and is located on the back of the lens, which I find backward. I am used to the zoom band being shut to the lens and the focus ring to be nigh the lens barrel. Merely if you have shot with other DX lenses before, y’all should have no problem with getting used to it.

The Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens comes with a relatively compact “HB-53” bayonet lens hood that is specifically designed for the lens, which is about the same size as the “HB-25” hood that comes with the Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. The lens is shipped with the newly-designed LF-four rear lens cap, which I personally like better than the erstwhile LF-i. For some reason, simply the new Nikon 55-300mm and the Nikon 24-120mm are shipped with this cap – Nikon 28-300mm and Nikon 85mm f/i.4G are both shipped with the old LF-1 rear cap.

When changing lenses, effort to do it with the lens fully zoomed out to 24mm. The rear lens element moves deeply into the lens when extended to 120mm and yous could end up with a lot of dust/debris inside the lens if yous are shooting in windy and dusty weather condition. This is nothing to be scared of – even some of the professional fixed-width zoom lenses such as Nikon sixteen-35mm do this.

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (9)
NIKON D3S + 24-120mm f/4 @ 100mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/

Autofocus Functioning

Similar to other modern lenses, the autofocus motor of the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR is quiet and authentic even under challenging lighting conditions, thanks to the AF-S Silent Wave Motor. Autofocus speed is quick, certainly much quicker than on the 28-300mm lens. If you took 24-70mm, 24-120mm and 28-300mm lenses and tested AF speed on all three at the same fourth dimension, the 24-70mm would be the start (blazing fast), with the 24-120mm 2d (fast) and the 28-300mm last (tiresome). If you measure the AF speed and compare to the 24-70mm, the 24-120mm is virtually 2x slower, while the 28-300mm is about 3x slower than the 24-70mm. Focus tracking works reasonably well for photographing big mammals and people, with the lens getting authentic focus nigh every time in continuous mode. I took many shots of my fast-moving kids with this lens and I had no issues getting accurate focus.

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (14)
NIKON D3S + 24-120mm f/four @ 62mm, ISO 200, i/60, f/5.six

All the same, the lens does have an issue tracking fast-moving subjects. When I was in Yellowstone, I tried to photograph a pretty fast bird on one of the hot springs. I shot quite a few images of the bird while information technology was moving and the AF speed of the 24-120mm could non take hold of up, oftentimes yielding out of focus images. After shooting with fast telephoto lenses like the 70-200mm, it was quite disappointing to shoot with the 24-120mm for tracking small, quick subjects similar this bird:

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (37)
NIKON D810 + 24-120mm f/4 @ 120mm, ISO 800, 1/1000, f/iv.0

I ended up getting a reasonably sharp shot (which is already challenging at 120mm, since the lens does not resolve very well there) only after the bird stopped moving erratically.

So keep this in mind when shooting with the 24-120mm. It is definitely non a lens you lot want to utilise to photograph fast-moving wild animals! For everything else though, it works really well.

Nikon 24-120mm f4G VR Sample Image (24)
NIKON D800E + 24-120mm f/iv @ 24mm, ISO 100, ane/160, f/11.0