At about $1279, the 24-120/4 is not aimed at beginner budgets, since one can purchase a Nikon DX format camera and several lenses for that price. So it had better deliver something substantially superior in order to justify the price.
The other lens worth considering instead is the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G. The 24-70 offers a full stop faster operation, but without VR.
Personal view of the 24-120
B&H Photo supplied a brand-new loaner lens for testing. I wouldn’t purchase it for my own use, because it lacks the type of versatility that I prefer: the ability to shoot in low light at a wide aperture with very high image quality. At f/4, I want outstanding image quality, and that is impossible with the 24-120/4G
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