The AF-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 D IF is an autofocus medium range zoom lens for Nikon 35mm film SLR cameras and Nikon Digital SLR cameras. It's versatile lens that covers FX format cameras (full 35mm film frame) that takes great images in a variety of settings.
The zoom range of the 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 D IF starts well inside wide angle territory at 24mm which yields a 84° angle of view; that's some 10° wider than more common 28mm lenses. The 5X zoom range tops out at 120mm, quite a bit inside portrait lens territory. The lens is also useable on DX format digital cameras* where it uses the higher resolution center area to produce an angles of view equivalent to a what a moderately wide-angle 36mm to fairly telephoto 180mm full frame lens would produce on FX format.
The 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 D IF uses 15 elements in 11 groups to produce the best image quality possible and includes 2 Aspherical elements to help minimize distortion and abberations. All elements are fully multicoated with Nikon's SIC (Super Integrated Coating) antireflective coating to minimize ghosting and produce the best possible contrast and color.
The Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 D IF was originally released in 1996 and became extremely popular in a short period of time. In 2003 the Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 VR was released as a replacement that added Vibration Reduction, a built-in focus motor, and rounded aperture blades.
The Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 D is a great travel lens, when paired up with a separate stronger telephoto (or ultra wide angle) the focal length overlap means you don't have to switch lenses as often.&nbps; The 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 D has been particularly popular for shooting special events (including weddings) where it's practical yet not overly broad zoom range is useful for both groups of people and individual portraits and reduces missed shots caused by camera or lens changes. The lack of an f/2.8 aperture is not a major concern for many users who shoot events with the lens stopped down somewhat for greater depth of field and sharpness anyway.
- Convenient 5X zoom range covers most indoor photography needs
- Great travel & special event lens
- 2 Aspherical lens elements help minimize distortion
- Full 35mm film frame coverage for FX Format
- D-type lens chip provides distance information for improved flash metering
- Uses the popular 72mm filter size
- Mechanical aperture control allows use on broad range of cameras and adapters
Available accessories include the HB-11 Bayonet Lens Hood, CL-S2 Soft Case, CL-49 Hard Case, and 72mm filters.
*Compatibility note: autofocus requires a camera body with a built-in focus motor.