Nikon 24-120mm f4 G VR Review Perfect walk around lens for more reach & solid backup to 24-70mm f2.8

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Hello everyone. Welcome to my official full review of the Nikon Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 AF-S ED VR Zoom Full Frame Lens.

Why I bought this lens? In this video I will go over all that and much more.
How many of you use the Nikon 24-70mm and wished you just had a little more reach? or , are you looking for a back up to your main go to lens? This 24-120mm might just be right for your photography needs.

Wedding photographers, events, studio, landscape, or just a hobbyist looking to go on vacation and take with you an all around walk around wide and semi zoom lens? This is it. The Nikon 24-120mm F/4 VR.

Key Highlights in this video include
– Nikon 24-120mm Sample images
– Comparing the range from widest to telephoto options
– 24-120mm specifications / tech specs
– Shooting a birthday party with this lens I’m reviewing
– Video clips samples
– My take on the 24-120
– Why I bought this lens used and why used is a better option than new
– Comparison between Nikon 24-120mm f/4 G vr and Nikon 24-70mm f2.8
– Image quality
– VR Vibration reduction tests
– Down sides to this lens
– Pricing on the 24-120mm New & Used

Having a backup in your camera bag is very important. I consider this lens an amazing solid backup to have and the price I paid ROCKS.

Quick note. This lens just like all the other AF-S lenses will Auto Focus with Modern day all Nikon DSLR cameras. It will also AF and work normally with all Nikon Mirrorless cameras with an FTZ adapter. You can use this lens on Nikon Z6 Z7 Z6ii Z7ii Z50 Z5 & Nikon D6 D5 D4 D4s D3 D3s D3x D2xs D2x D2h D2hs D850 D750 D700 D780 D500 D610 D800 D810 NO Problem

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34 thoughts on “Nikon 24-120mm f4 G VR Review Perfect walk around lens for more reach & solid backup to 24-70mm f2.8”

  1. I JUST WANT TO ADD. EVEN THOUGH THE 24-70 HOOD fits this lens, It is unusable. I just did some test shots and its a NO GO.. Sorry guys, got happy for a second there but never actually tried taking picutes with the HB 40 lesn hood on the 24-120. Thanks

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  2. I bought this lens as part of my d800 kit in 2012 and never really loved it. in dim light it was impossible to af or against a light source. also, the af often missed. I really hated this. …. after getting the z6 I really had no hope for this lens and tried it out and was blown away. WTF on the Z6 this lens always nails focus and it is hilariously sharp even on f4 … my only gripe, it is so bad balanced on the ftz.
    Another thing, with my DSLRs I experienced terrible internal reflections with this lens, the images looked washed out … this is totally gone on the z6. the image quality is the same or better from what I have seen with the 24-40 f4 z.

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  3. I've been using this lens professionally for years now. And now that I'm spending most of my time shooting with a Z6 II, I'm still using it as my go-to lens. I may also get the Z version of this lens when Nikon makes it sometime in the future. Don't get me wrong, the FTZ adaptor works great, but the new S series lens should be lighter and sharper.

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  4. Great video. I'm surprised at how much this lens isn't covered. I'm need a wide angle lens for a wedding coming up, and I am SO TORN between the 24-120 or dishing out the money for a Tamron 24-70 G2. I've got a Tamron 70-200 G2 which I LOVE, so the long end is covered. Is the image quality good enough for "pro" level? f But I need something for the wide end. Love the review, keep it up!! Subbed! (Also, I'm digging the Van Halen shirt! He'll be missed.) m/

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  5. Hi Vahagn, thank you so much for the tip that the 24-70 hood can be used on the 24-120 lens! May I know does doing so 1) introduce vignetting corners at any focal length in full frame, and 2) does it still "clicks in place" like the original 24-120 hood? I would love to improve the rain resistance of my 24-120 F4 if does not bring these 2 drawbacks!

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  6. Love the pacing of your videos… no mad hyper editing, no bouncing off the walls like you're on speed. Just cool, calm delivery of information laced with interesting anecdotes, real world situations and useful tips….
    Love from Japan!

    Subbed!

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  7. My 3rd today and I have to tell you again how well you present the different lenses by covering their real life application and how they fit into your work and camera bag. I don't own this lens but I'm seriously considering it for exactly the purpose you cite: Compact with good reach if needed and sometimes you don't want to risk your best lenses going to the zoo. Good job, really, very good! Thank you and please keep on and stay safe! – Before I forget: Please could you reveal on what Nikon DSLR bodies you mount your lenses during this presentation and what are your preferred workhorses!

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  8. Vahagan your videos are amazing. Please show some of your work in your videos with exposure details. 24-70 always a sweet choice but 24-120 has more grip for distance shots. Nikon lovers never ignore any info about nikon. 80% pro photographers choice is nikon. Well done! Highly appreciated👍🏻😁

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  9. Hi Vahagn – This lens is a strange case as it is truly an 'all arounder' that as a result compromises in every way: It has average IQ, it is not fast (f/4) and its VR is good but not great. It does have a compelling range however at 24-120 vs typical 24-70 making it interesting walk around lens if you can only take one.

    Years ago when I bought my D750, I opted to not buy this lens for the kit discount price and instead bought the Tamron 24-70 2.8 G2 lens. Years later, I purchased the Nikon 24-120 f/4 lens refurbished from Nikon for about $550. The Tamron lens is about $1,200 new and the Nikon 24-120 new is about $1,100. The Tamron smokes this lens in every way – it has much better IQ, its VR (which Tamron calls VC) is about 2 stops better and of course it is a 2.8 across the focal range rather than a 4 so it is a stop faster allowing for lower ISO in low light scenarios – they only way that the Nikon is better is in the extra reach from 70 to 120.

    When I bought the Nikon lens, I thought that I would use it more, but for the work I do, I really don't. It just isn't fast enough and the IQ isn't close enough to the Tamron or the primes that I use. I upgraded to the Z system a year and half ago, and the new 24-70 2.8 S is probably the best 24-70 ever made for any camera system, and the 24-120 is further left behind (of course the new lens is $2500 so there is a vast price difference).

    That said, as a purely walking around lens, or a vacation lens, I think that it is a good value proposition if you get it in a kit with your camera for about $500 or used for no more than about $500. It is worth $500 – it is definitely no worth $1,100.

    If you are into video as mentioned in your video, this lens is definitely not for you. The same can be said in general for most F mount lenses – they are loud to auto focus and most have considerable focus breathing. You mention the 24-200 lens for Z mount as an alternative, but that lens is a 4-6.3 variable aperture lens and most reviews confirm that it is one of the weaker lenses in the Z line up for IQ – as a travel lens it is probably sufficient, but for any real work or low light it is lacking.

    A better alternative if you absolutely need more range than 24-70 would likely be the upcoming 24-105 f/2.8-4 S lens for the Z system. As this lens is designed for the mirrorless platform and is an S line lens, its IQ will likely far exceed the 24-200 and certainly the F mount 24-120. Furthermore, as an S line lens, it will likely have very little focus breathing making it a much more competent video lens and although it is still a variable aperture, it is a 2.8-4 so it is faster across at least half of the focal lengths than the 24-120 and just as fast at the telephoto side. This is the lens that is the best replacement for a 24-120 not the 24-200. The 24-120 was meant to be a pro lens and so is the upcoming 24-105. The 24-200 is a travel/'tourist' lens.

    Final thoughts: As a backup lens the 24-120 can serve in a pinch, but I never reach for it in favor of the 24-70 2.8 and/or the entire line of new 1.8 primes for the Z mount – all of these lenses are just better in almost all respects save the focal range versatility – but again the upcoming 24-105 will almost match the focal length versatility of the 24-120 lens and offer superior IQ and also be faster.

    If you are looking for a lens like this, I think it would be smart to wait for this new lens to drop this year – unless you can pick up the 24-120 for a smoking deal – south of $500.

    Just my take.
    -B

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  10. This is probably the most underrated F mount lens, certainly the most underrated F mount zoom lens. I think most people that bad mouth it are people that either never had it or did but didn't know how to use it properly. Is it a perfect overall lens? No, of course not. It has plusses and minuses like all lenses. But its overall plus/minus is quite good. Its too bad Nikon decided the next version, the Z version, will be a 24-105. I really wish Nikon had either stuck with a 24-120 f4 or maybe even gone 28-135 f4.

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  11. I think your review is a good one. After I upgraded from a D7100 to a D750 I got the 24-70/2.8 G as well. But pretty soon I found out that it's just too heavy for what it is, for me. Then I got the 24-120/4 G as well. There are some things I don't like about it. I don't like the zoom creep. Also, the AF is slower compared to that 24-70. But the results speak for themselves. So it's not perfect, but I like it a lot. I also considered the 24-85/3.5-4.5 G. In terms of range I could have lived with that (I had the 17-55/2.8 G on the D7100 – AWESOME build quality & AF). But when I tried it in a shop, it seemed to be visibly less sharp, and I read it has pretty severe field curvature. I didn't like that on my 17-55 so I chose this one instead.

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  12. Just subscribed to your channel. Rock on from Scotland. Just bought a D780 it came with this lens. I also have a 16-35 f4 lens, and AF-P 70-300. I want to keep my D7200, but I will only keep it If I use it back and forward. Slainte

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  13. Excellent review.. some people don’t like Lena like this because is a f4 but the reality general speaking if you have a f2.8 you don’t used as 2.8 all the time , same thing with a 70-210 f4 , excellent lens , kind a sleeper lens , I have a e series of this , manual focus but it have a beautiful IQ even on my D7200 .. but as you saying in preview video if you depend on af lens maybe that one isn’t right for a job.. keep up with the good reviews 👍🏼😎

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  14. Hey Guys.. I just noticed I say 24-105 a few times in this video instead of 24-120 🙂 Maybe I had the 24-105mm in mind while shooting. Who knows hehe… Thought I would point that out there… Here's one thing I will never make a mistake saying… 🤘🏼ROCK & ROLL!!!!!! 🤘🏼

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  15. The 24-120 F/4 is a much better lens than Nikon's 28-300mm. I read reviews about how good the 28-300 lens is so I purchased one for travel but I was very disappointed. On my D850 and D780 the VR was unreliable and the sharpness was inconsistent. I purchased the 24-120 used for travel and I am much happier with it! Maybe I had a bad copy of the 28-300, who knows?. If I need even more reach I can also pack Nikon's 70-300 af-p lens for travel. I shoot stills only.

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  16. Great video, have you ever experienced focal length creep especially when you're at 24 MM and the camera is facing down does the lens change it's focal length creeping toward 120mm,especially when walking around.

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  17. Great all rounder lens.
    I sold one as a brand new clearance to a D850 user for £300.
    He walked in for a memory card and I told him I would make him an offer he could not refuse.
    He obviously declined the offer but came back an hour later with cash and bought it.
    I would have bought it but decided to go for a native Z 14-30mm F4.

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