Nikon 24-120mm lens

The Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR is a great choice as a full frame travel lens

Many photographers like to travel light but not sacrifice quality. With room for only one lens in the bag for a trip to Europe, we chose the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 because it's fairly compact for a FX zoom lens, it has a very useful focal range, and it produces sharp images. A 24mm focal length is wide enough to capture the narrow streets of the medieval cities such as Prague and the interiors of ornate buildings. And it was rare that a focal length of 120mm was not enough. Nearly two-thirds of the shots were taken in the 24-35mm range, one quarter were in the 35-85mm range, and the remaining few at 120mm. Our interest was mainly to capture the feeling of "being there" so wide angle shots were appropriate. A longer lens will be needed if your interest is in capturing architectural details such as close-ups of statues perched on roof tops.

This lens performed beautifully on a Nikon D750 full frame camera. The Nikon 750 camera has the features that were truly needed, such as producing very low noise images at high ISO settings, easy to use timers, bracketing, HDR settings, and a flip-out screen for taking high shots over the heads of tourists or dramatic ground-level shots on the move. It's comfortable to hold all day and it's not too bulky. Most of all, the images were fantastic.

Here are some sample shots taken with the Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Click on the images to see higher resolution versions. We recommend this lens along with the Nikon D750 camera for the serious travel photographer.

Prague at night

Berliner Dom