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Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

I enjoy photographing models, couples and high school seniors and normally would use my 70-200mm lens.  I love the backgrounds I get at 200mm when I'm close in.  However, there are many times I'd like to capture a bit more of the environment.  In that event, I bring along my 24-70mm. 

I was just wondering if anyone own this Nikon 24-120mm f/4 and if you thought this would be a good choice for photographing a single subject, or even a couple?  Although it doesn't zoom out to 200mm, I just wonder if it would allow for a bit more flexibility when taking only one camera/lens combo?  

Any thoughts?


  • As a do anything, go anywhere lens I like the idea of it. I rented one for my old D7000 and I did like it, but I was shooting horses, not people so not sure on the specifics you raised, sorry.

    Certainly for me the 120mm is a better choice. I have plenty of shots at that focal length with my 70-200 f4 (canon), and it does work nicely. Certainly a better option than Canon's 24-105, having used both. Not sure on the new Sigma mind.
  • TrevTrev Moderator
    edited November 2015


    I don't own nor have used this, but just make sure you have plenty of light as that fstop difference to f2.8 could be very handy, however that range would be absolutely perfect for shooting in for what you are doing I should think.

    Let us know how it goes if you do get one.


    Edit: David, I decided to do some research on this lens. Lots of good, but some very bad.

    Here is a link to some reviews on this lens from B&H.
    Click on the 'Reviews' to read them, over 300.

    Then in the drop down menu on right under 'Sort by', select 'Lowest Rating' (I always do that if I can as I like to read negative comments first since many of those are generally well informed people)

    Distortion from 24-50 and at the extreme 120 seems to be an issue, and strong vignetting at the long end.

    I would seriously take a look and maybe do a lot of digging first up.

    Don't get me wrong, there were many many good reviews, however a lot would be amateurs and not know the difference, but if you are into quality I would want to be sure of the image end result, as a lot of posts I see said they needed to do serious post at the short/long ends for distortion/vignetting.

    I just saw a post by "Jupiter Manju" (currently 4th from top if sorted by 'Lowest Rating'), WOW! I think he is still curled up in a foetal position somewhere in a corner.

  • Awesome... thank you Mr. Logic and Trev.  I'll grab my coffee and start reading the reviews Trev.  Just from what you've said here, I'm certainly giving this some pause already.  I guess there really are no short cuts in life.  Quality is extremely important to me so anything less than the best just won't do.  I keep looking for that magic "do all" lens.  Beginning to believe, it just isn't out there.
  • Trev... Yes, Jupitor Mamju wasn't having a fun day after his wedding shots were ruined by this lens.  Well, I guess I have my answer.

  • You are right - it isn't out there. If it was, nobody would use anything else!
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