Nikon has announced the pending release of its much awaited AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens, a general-purpose zoom for full frame cameras. This lens covers a useful wideangle to telephoto range with a fixed F4 maximum aperture and features Nikon's latest VR II stabilisation system.

This promises shake-free hand-held shooting at shutter speeds four stops slower than would usually possible, with both 'Normal' and 'Active' modes. Also on the menu are Nano Crystal coating, a 9-bladed diaphragm, and a degree of environmental sealing. The lens is supplied with a dedicated hood HB-53 and a soft pouch. It will be available from 22nd September 2010 at a price around the £1000 mark.