I've recently been thinking about investing in the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens for landscape photography. I've been looking around to see what a used one is going for, only to find that there may be two different versions. Can anybody confirm?



My second question is, what is the difference? All these acronyms make the buying process a little frustrating.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Re ID codes - photo.stackexchange.com/questions/496/… but those 2 lenses look the same to me, afaik, there's only one f/4 24-120, the older one is f/3.5-4.5 [which is the one I had … & hated ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 16, 2020 at 15:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ There is only one version of the 24-120mm f/4. I think the one at your first link is a gray-market one, because the seller, 6 Ave, mostly sells gray-market goods. If it were an authorized Nikon USA unit, they could not set the price so low because Nikon USA wouldn't allow it. I note that the listing claims to include the 1+5-year warranty, but that may be an oversight. \$\endgroup\$
    – chulster
    Jun 16, 2020 at 16:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ The gray market also claims to be VR II, which Nikon does not have a product with that moniker \$\endgroup\$
    – AthomSfere
    Jun 16, 2020 at 18:13

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It looks like the first link (the $528.75 lens) may be a GREY MARKET lens and thus may not be subjected to the full warranty that Nikon provides. They are usually sold by 3rd-party retailers on sites such as Adorama, B&H, and Amazon. The seller on Amazon for this particular lens is 6ave, not Amazon. The second lens, costly a fair bit more, is sold by Amazon, (not a 3rd party reseller) and have included specification sheets and user manual directly linked to the Nikon corporation themselves.


The naming in the headline of the first link is incorrect as Nikon only every released a single version of the 24-120 with a constant F/4 aperture.

The fact that they made up a new name to make the lens seem newer is a red flag and so I would recommend avoiding purchasing from such a vendor.


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