Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR £1000/$1100
THIS LENS RULES THE ROOST FOR TELEPHOTO REACH
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.
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.