Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR £1000/$1100

THIS LENS RULES THE ROOST FOR TELE­PHOTO REACH

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An up­grade of Nikon’s orig­i­nal 24-120mm VR lens, this has a more ef­fec­tive, new-gen­er­a­tion op­ti­cal sta­bi­lizer (rated at up to four stops), and a con­stant f/4 aper­ture, in­stead of it shrink­ing from f/3.5 to f/5.6 through the zoom range. That’s an f/stop slower than for both of the 24-70mm lenses on test, but no slower than the Sigma 24-105mm, which the Nikon eclipses for out­right zoom range.

Like the other Nikon lenses on test, it feels re­as­sur­ingly well built and fea­tures a rub­ber weather-seal ring on the mount­ing plate. Han­dling is ex­cel­lent, with smooth op­er­a­tion of the zoom and fo­cus rings. Op­ti­cal high­lights in­clude two ED el­e­ments and Nano Crys­tal Coat­ing.

Per­for­mance

The aut­o­fo­cus and Mk II VR sys­tems work well, but the Nikon loses out to the com­pet­ing Sigma 24-105mm for cen­tre­sharp­ness, es­pe­cially in the longer half of the zoom range. The flip side is that the drop-off in cor­ner-sharp­ness is less no­tice­able. Over­all im­age qual­ity is very sat­is­fy­ing.

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