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AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED (2.1x)

AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED (1.9x)

AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5D (2.1x)

AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF (3.5x)

AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED (3.5x)
24-120 lens
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor - 24-120mm f3.5-5.6G IF-ED
  • SWM provides super-fast, super-quiet AF operation
  • VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster (at 120mm)*
  • High-power 5x zoom lens
  • IF (Internal Focusing) technology for smoother focusing and a better balanced handling
  • Two aspherical lenses and two ED glass elements for higher optical performance

  • *As determined by Nikon performance tests.
This lens really surprised me for a number of reasons. First I did not really believe that this long of a zoom range, going from a true wide angle to a medium telephoto, could be put into a high quality lens. Second the f3.5 maximum aperture is not all that exciting, it does keep the price down to a manageable level but still seems a bit slow. The third being the necessity for VR in such a short lens.

OK. First of all the approximate focal length on the Nikon D100 DSLR is 36 to 180 mm. This turns out to be an incredibly good candid portrait lens. You can follow your subject around and shoot freely from almost any distance. In camera framing of images is extraordinarily flexible and precise. I often found myself in busy situations just spinning around and shooting various subject matter without moving far from my spot. And when I did have to move the lens was very quick to re-focus, re-zoom and ready for the next shot. My biggest problem with the Nikkor 24-120 was constantly running out of room on the Compact Flash Card in the camera because I was able to take so many different pictures so quickly.

The Vibration Reduction feature is necessary on this lens mostly because in low light (at f5.6 and 200 ASA) you find yourself shooting at very low shutter speeds. The VR function allows you to shoot for an extra hour before pulling out the tripod or jacking up the ASA (not recommended, it can get real noisy).


Equivalent to 36-180mm focal length on 35mm.

Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus VR Nikkor Zo...





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