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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?

https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Nikkor-24-120mm-ED-IF-Bundle/dp/B006FR1B96/

https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-0-945-4-724-NIKKOR-Lente-Digital/dp/B003ZSHNEK/

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

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  • 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 ;) – Tetsujin Jun 16 '20 at 15:50
  • 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. – chulster Jun 16 '20 at 16:26
  • The gray market also claims to be VR II, which Nikon does not have a product with that moniker – AthomSfere Jun 16 '20 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.

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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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