A quick guide to the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S

Nikon Team 90-Second NIKKOR24 Jan 20244 min read

Explore a world of possibilities with this hugely flexible zoom lens

When you want to travel light and still have the flexibility to take a range of images, from wide-angle vistas to long-reach telephoto details, the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S is the all-day partner your Nikon Z camera has been looking for. Read on for some projects and ideas to try with this super-capable Z mount NIKKOR lens.


1. Get down and dirty

As an S-line NIKKOR lens, the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S is extra tough when it comes to sticky situations. Solid in the hand, it feels like a workhorse. And with excellent weather sealing and lens coatings, it performs brilliantly across a range of climates. Take the opportunity to learn that there’s no such thing as bad weather – only different lighting conditions! Take it out on a rainy day and you’ll be rewarded with fantastic images of brooding skies, raindrops dancing in puddles and great street scenes of people rushing by.

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2. Nail those movie zooms

Zooming in (or out) during filmmaking can really make a scene work. Try pulling back from your subject to reveal a background or closing in on a face at a dramatic moment. The constant f/4 aperture on the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S means you can zoom smoothly without having to alter exposure.


3. Close in on the action

With a minimum focus distance of just 35cm at all zoom positions and a reproduction ratio of 0.39x, you can take fantastic close-up shots with the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S. At longer focal length, you can experiment with compression effects, where the background appears closer to the subject in the foreground.

4. Make a one-lens story

A good photo story often combines a range of different views – wide establishing scenes, close-ups of detail and mid-ground, natural focal lengths – all of which can combine to create a powerful narrative. For travel or street photography, think about the story you want to tell rather than just the individual images you want to take. And when editing, choose a variety that hang together as a whole.

5. Vary your portraiture

With its 24-120mm focal range and constant f/4 aperture, the NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S makes for a very versatile portrait lens, especially on street photography outings. Combining many classic portrait lengths, from 35mm for subjects in their environment, to a tighter 50mm view to classic lengths such as 85mm and 105mm for head portraits, it can cover all your bases on a people-watching day trip. The f/4 aperture means you’ll get great subject separation and wonderful bokeh, too. Try all the various lengths with one subject to see the differences. Combining different viewpoints can really tell a story of one person through a variety of images and video.


The key stats: NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S

Type: Nikon Z mount

Format: FX

Focal length: 24-120mm

Maximum aperture: f/4

Minimum aperture: f/22

No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded aperture opening)

Minimum focus distance: 0.35m (1.15ft) at all zoom positions (measured from focal plane)

Weight: approx. 630g (1lb 6.3oz)


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NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S in action

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