Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

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Nikon announcement of the AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR is a direct competition with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS. It features:

  • Standard 5x zoom lens covering 24-120mm focal range with a constant maximum aperture of f/4
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) provides the equivalent of a shutter speed approximately four stops faster; two modes are available — Normal and Active
  • Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections to effectively reduce ghost and flare
  • Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize lens aberrations for superior picture quality
  • Two focus modes selectable — M/A and M

Here is a comparison between the Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS

Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Focal length & Maximum aperture

24-120mm f/4

Lens construction

17 elements in 13 groups (with two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)

Angle of view

84°- 20°20’ (61°- 13°20’ with Nikon DX format)

Minimum focus distance

0.45 m/1.5 ft. (throughout the entire zoom range)

Maximum reproduction ratio


No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded)

Filter-attachment size


Diameter x length

(extension from lens mount)

Approximately 84 x 103.5 mm/3.3 x 4.1 in.


Approximately 710 g/25 oz.

Supplied accessories

77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-53, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1218

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

24-105mm f/4

Lens Construction

18 elements in 13 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

84° – 23° 20′ (with full-frame camera)

Focus Adjustment

Inner focusing system with focusing cam

Closest Focusing Distance

1.48 ft./0.45m

Zoom System

5-group helical zoom (front group moves: 32.5mm)

Filter Size


Max. Diameter x Length, Weight

3.3 in. x 4.2 in., 23.6 oz. / 83.5mm x 107mm, 670g (lens only)

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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