Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 5.

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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 98.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 46.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 62.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 120.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 82.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 75.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 120.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 120.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 38.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/125s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 82.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/50s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/60s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 86.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 24-120 mm f/4G ED VR offers an attractive zoom range with excellent sharpness in the image center at the lower end of its focal range. However, the image borders and corners show a little less resolution wide open than we had expected from a lens in this segment. The same applies to the sharpness in general (including the image center) at the lens' tele setting.

Distortion is rather pronounced except around 35 mm, vignetting is somewhat on the high side, too, which is also true for CAs. So, optically, the lens isn't all that stellar.

Mechanically however, there's nothing to complain about. The build quality is excellent and in line with other high-end Nikkor lenses. VR II works as promised and AF, although not on the same level as high end primes, works fast enough for most applications.

So, in summary the lens combines solid build and very attractive specifications with just okayish performance in most regards. It's the combination of specs and features, not its optical performance, that will earn this lens its buyers nonetheless, especially since there is currently no alternative that offers a similarly attractive package.

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