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Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

The Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED is Nikon's first wide-angle lens to feature the Vibration Reduction (VR) technology. Vibration Reduction allows the equivalent of shooting the lens at a shutter speed 3 stops faster. This reduces the effect of camera shake, especially in low light conditions.

The focal length of 24-120 mm translates into a focal length of approximately 36.5-182 mm for digital cameras like the Nikon D70. The use of two aspherical lens elements reduces the amount of distortion while two ED lens elements were used to reduce chromatic abberation.

Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor, the AF-S VR 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED focuses quickly and quietly. It also allows you to instantly adjust focus manually.

This is a great carry-around lens. It's compact, relatively light and well-balanced on the Nikon D70. You won't have any problems using it handheld for long periods of time.

Due to the crop factor of about 1.52X in the D70, this lens actually has a focal range of 36.5mm to 182mm. While not wide enough for landscape and architectural shots, this focal range still covers a wide range of useful focal lengths. That's why I love carrying it as my everyday lens.

Although it's a rather slow lens, the Vibration Reduction feature gives you the equivalent of shutter speeds that are up to 3 stops faster. This allows you to take shake-free pictures even in low-light or with shaky hands. This great feature is a big advantage as it allows me to leave the tripod or monopod at home and travel light.

If you are looking for a great general-purpose lens, this is a great lens to consider. It may not come cheap but it allows you to travel light and shoot steady without the use of a tripod or monopod. As such, we feel it deserves our Editor's Choice Award!

Read our comprehensive review here!

  • Nikon D-Type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes
  • G Type Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon SLR models where aperture is controlled from the camera body
  • 2 Aspherical lens elements for low distortion
  • 2 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration
  • Internal Focus (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster at 120mm
  • New cosmetic design
  • Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
  • Rounded diaphragm to make out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • First Nikon wide-angle zoom lens with Vibration Reduction (VR)
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Fully compatible with D1X, D2H, D100, D70, F6, F5, F100, N80, N75 and N65


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Comprehensive Review

Product Number

• 2145 NCP

Focal Length

• 24 - 120 mm

Aperture Ranges

• 24 mm : f/3.5 - 22
• 28 mm : f/3.8 - 22
• 35 mm : f/4.2 - 27
• 50 mm : f/5.0 - 32
• 70 mm : f/5.3 - 32
• 85 mm : f/5.6 - 38
• 120 mm : f/5.6 - 38

Aperture Ring

• None, aperture controlled by body

Viewing Angle

• 84° - 20° 30'

Lens Construction

• 15 elements in 13 groups

Special Lens Elements

• 2 Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Lens Elements
• 2 Aspherical Lens Elements

Lens Drive

• Silent Wave Motor

Special Features

• Vibration Reduction (on/off)

Focusing Type

• Internal Focusing

Aperture Blades

• 7-blades, rounded

Filter Size

• 72 mm

Lens Hood

• HB-25 (Bayonet-type)

Minimum Shooting Distance

• 0.5 m
• 1.6 ft

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

• 1.47 (x 0.21)


• Approx. 7.6 cm (diameter) x 9.6 cm (length)
• Approx. 3.0 in (diameter) x 3.7 in (length)


• 575 g
• 20.3 oz

In The Box

• Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR lens
• HB-25 hood
• 72 mm lens cap
• Rear lens cap
• Manual
• Warranty information sheet
• Warranty card


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