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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S Specs
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S Reviews
Very sharp lens particularly for the focal range. Very versatile. This is replacing my 24-70 in my kit.
A beautiful update to this zoom range
Full time corporate and editorial pro here. Used the S 24-120 for years on DSLRs. This update is a little narrower and a little lighter and a nudge longer. Still easy to pack and carry. Great optics. Great handling on a z6II with grip. Quiet. Smooth.
Amazing 24-120mm lens
I love, love, love this lens. I started in photography back around 1976 in the analog film era. I've shot as an amateur and professionally and have done most types of photography including portraits, landscapes/scenics, wildlife, rock concerts, promotional, and aerials. The only things I haven't done very much of is sports photography and no underwater photography. That lets you know where I'm coming from and the kind of photography I do. Currently I'm using Nikon digital cameras -- an old D800, a D850, and a Z7II. So this review is about using the "Z" 24-120mm f/4 S lens on the Z7II camera body. The "Z" 24-120mm f/4 S lens has become my all-around lens that I tend to use probably 80% of the time. The other "Z" lenses I currently own are the 14-30mm f/4 S and the 85mm f/1.8 S lenses. If I go out to shoot primarily landscapes, most of the shots will likely be taken with the 14-30mm lens. If I want shallow depth-of-field I'll likely use the 85mm f/1.8 lens. For most everything else (except wildlife) I'll likely use the 24-120mm f/4. For wildlife/animals I'd likely go with a 100-400mm lens or longer. If you're debating whether to buy the 24-70mm f/4, or the 24-70mm f/2.8, the 24-120mm f/4, or the 24-200mm f/4-f/6.3 -- here's my opinion. Of those four lenses, the 24-70mm f/2.8 is slightly sharper, but all the four lenses are very good. I'd say the 24-120mm comes in second. The 24-70mm f/4 comes in third, and the 24-200mm comes in fourth. The 24-120mm is plenty sharp (especially in the center) and falls off just a bit at the corners. Unless you are photographing flat objects like paintings or documents (in which case I'd suggest using one of the "Z" macro lenses), you will be very happy with the sharpness of the images from the 24-120mm lens. Regarding weight and size, the heaviest of the four lenses is the 24-70mm f/2.8, then the 24-120mm, then the 24-200mm, and finally the 24-70mm f/4. I think the extra 4.5 ounces of weight (of the 24-120mm f/4 compared to the 24-70mm f/4) is well worth the extra 50mm of extra reach at the telephoto end you gain with the 24-120mm. As for size, the 24-70mm f/4 is the shortest followed by the 24-200mm, then the 24-120mm, and finally the longest is the 24-70mm f/2.8. I don't find the size or weight of the 24-120mm to be a problem at all. Now down to the dollars and cents --- the 24-120mm is $100 more than the 24-70mm f/4 and it's $200 more than the 24-200mm. If money is a big issue for you, then go with one of the two less expensive lenses. I think the extra $100 or $200 is well worth the advantages you get with the 24-120mm lens. I love the fact that the filter thread is 77mm since most of my filters are 77mm. I love the size and weight of the lens - no issue there for me. I love the quality of the images from the lens. Auto focus is fast. I love the build quality of the lens itself. I love having a bit of extra telephoto reach (compared to the two 24-70mm lenses). I love having the ability to close focus down to abut 1.15 feet at all focal lengths (lets me enter the near-macro world). That puts you roughly one foot from the front element to the subject. I love having the "control ring" and L-Fn button on the lens. In the old days I liked having the ability to change the f/stop of a lens via a ring on the lens barrel. With the 24-120mm I can assign that f/stop function to the control ring. It came that way by default. I highly recommend you at least consider the 24-120mm f/4 S lens. It is a winner. If you do mainly telephoto work, then the 24-200mm might be the way to go for you, but I think (if you could afford it) you would do better going with a 100-400mm lens or longer for that purpose. If you only want the very best lens and don't care about the extra expense or the extra weight or the larger size, then go with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I'm very happy with this 24-120mm f/4 S lens --- it is wonderful.
Great Travel Lens
I took this Nikon Z 24-120 f4 to Disney World along with 4 other lenses. because I was worried about the shots I might miss if I didn't have a prime or something faster than f4. Well, I ended up carrying extra weight for no reason. Mounted on a Z6ii, this lens could do it all, big picture photos to set the scene, family portraits, low light, details and action. The only place I struggled was trying to shoot while on Big Thunder Mountain. The ride was just too fast and bumpy to get a clear shot of anything. But, I expected that.
Painfully sharp! Corner to corner at all focal lengths puts the f-mount version to shame. What I always wished the f-mount could do. I enjoy intimate landscapes (nature detail) and this excels for those. Maybe too sharp for portraits of the vain though.
nice combo: sharp and close focusing
Having used a couple of Nikon's DSLR versions of the 24-120mm f/4 for travel overseas over the years, this lens is considerably sharper and its close focusing ability opens up new photographic possibilities not previously available on DSLR models. Focusing on the Z7 is rapid. The extra reach compared to the 24-70 f/4 is also helpful as a 1-lens solution for travel.
Love That Extra Reach
Who wouldn't want an extra 50mm at a constant f/4? My go to lens for group shots.
Excellent lens. Very sharp and a great focal length. Give you great flexibility. I've used it for landscapes and basketball. Great for basketball in a small gym with limited maneuvering room.
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