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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR vs Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G

Why is Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR better than Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G?

  • 70mm longer maximum focal length
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    120mmvs50mm
  • 2 more aperture blades
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    9vs7
  • Has built-in optical image stabilization
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  • 0.09x Better magnification factor
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    0.24xvs0.15x
  • 37° wider maximum angle of view
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    84°vs47°
  • 26mm shorter minimum focal length
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    24mmvs50mm
  • 6f smaller aperture at maximum focal length
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    22fvs16f
  • 4x greater zoom range
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    5xvs1x

Why is Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G better than Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR?

  • 55% wider aperture at minimum focal length
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    f/1.8 vs4f
  • 2.2f wider aperture at maximum focal length
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    1.8fvs4f
  • 525g lighter
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    185gvs710g
  • Has or is a prime lens
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Price comparison

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Buy used:

$458.00

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AmazonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Le...Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens with Pro Filter (Renewed)
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$499.00
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$1,096.95
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$599.00
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AmazonNikon D780 w/AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G E...Nikon D780 w/AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
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$2,796.95
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AmazonNikon D750 DSLR Camera with AF-S NIKKOR ...Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR and Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR + Nikon Gadget Bag & Accessory Bundle
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$1,909.00
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$3,379.99
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AmazonNikon D780 w/AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G E...Nikon D780 w/AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR #1619 (Renewed)
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$2,202.74
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AmazonNikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera ...Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body w/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-120MM F/4G ED VR Lens
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$4,093.90
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$2,189.99

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G

Buy used:

$369.99

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
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$216.95
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens (7pc)...Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens (7pc)
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$259.00
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens wi...Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras + UV, CPL, FLD + Close up kit 1,2,4,10 + Tulip Hood + Collapsible Hood+ Lens Pen + dust Blower + Lens Cap + Starter kit
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$269.00
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special...Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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$276.95
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens + Ace...Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens + Acessory Bundle and Cleaning Kit
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$249.00
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens wi...Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras, 2183, Black
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$196.95
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Fixed Lens...Nikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Fixed Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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$476.95
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens Bundl...Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens Bundle with Nikon Hood & Nikon Case, UV-Ultraviolet Protection Filter, Cloth and Lens Cap Keeper
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$259.99
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G AmazonNikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens wi...Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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$449.99

General info

1.Has a metal mount
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
3.weight

710g

185g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
4.Front element doesn't rotate
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
5.Lens hood is reversible
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
The lens hood can screw onto the lens in reverse so that you can keep it on your camera at all times, ready to use.
A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
2.magnification

0.24x

0.15x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.
At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

Aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
6.Has rounded aperture blades
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

Focus

1.Has focus motor
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
2.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
3.Can focus to infinity
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
4.Has full-time manual focus
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G
With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

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