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Advanced and versatile FX-format standard zoom with VR II image stabilization.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens
Covering a versatile wide angle to medium telephoto zoom range, the new AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR delivers noticeably sharper photos and HD videos thanks to Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology (VR). Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 4.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
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Super Integrated Coating
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
IF Lens
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A range of possibilities

Versatile 3.6x standard zoom for brilliant photos and HD videos

The AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR covers wide-angle and medium telephoto perspectives, making it a great multipurpose lens for photography and HD video recording. At its widest focal length (24mm on FX-format D-SLRs, 36mm on DX-format D-SLRs) it's ideal for travel, landscapes, interiors, group shots and more. At its longest focal length (85mm on FX-format D-SLRs, 136.5mm on DX-format D-SLRs), it's ideal for close-ups, portraits, interviews and more.
Photo of a carnival ride in motion at night, taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens.

Razor-sharp, high contrast results

Nikon's VR II Image Stabilization with Tripod Auto Detect

Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 4.0 stops of blurfree handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. Slow down the shutter speed to capture maximum natural light without sacrificing sharpness. Nikon's in-lens VR also includes tripod detection, which automatically recognizes when your camera is mounted on a tripod and delivers a specialized VR correction that is ideal for HD video recording.
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Unwavering performance

Nikon innovations for consistent performance

Nikon's innovations in optical design and lens technology have brought forth a remarkable new generation of NIKKOR lenses with unparalleled versatility. The AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR is no exception. From its Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to its Super Integrated Coating (SIC), Extra-low Dispersion Glass Element (ED) and Aspherical Lens Element Design (AS), the AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR is an advanced lens that draws peak performance from today's D-SLR and HD-SLR cameras.

Nikon Vibration Reduction

Learn more about Nikon’s in-lens VR image stabilization which assures dramatically sharper still images and video capture when shooting handheld.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
M/A
M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
AS
AS
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
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Nikkor 24-85mm I purchased the lens about a month ago and it has been my go to lens for that quick shot. Great focusing and superb clarity. August 23, 2014
Surprise Lens! I picked up this lens after agonizing over another 24-70 f2.8 or the 24-120 f4. The lens goes on my D800e and I had my doubts as to how sharp the thing would be. Now that I have been using it for a while my doubts have faded away and I am really pretty happy with the lens. I do mostly nature of one type of another now and as a retired Commercial Photographer am pretty picky with how lenses (especially zoom lenses) perform. Being a old guy I am by definition "Old School". Used nothing but primes and medium and large format for years. But after having a 24-70 and and several others lately I am putting my faith in the zooms a bit more. Digital, aside from putting me out of work, opens up a whole field of possibilities. And with the advances of Photo Shop and Light Room as well as the Niff or Raw format, you have the freedom and the ability to use the zooms to great advantage. This zoom with its almost ideal range is a great go to lens when you don't want to carry a bunch of equipment around. The VR is useful and even this old codger is leaving the tripod in the SUV and taking the monopod instead. I shoot the D800e as if it were a 4x5 I may not make a print bigger than 16x20 but I like knowing that the ability is there for much bigger. This lens at around 5.6 -f8 is very capable of knocking out such prints. My hat's off to Nikon for making such wonderful equipment and making my retirement such a joy. The portability this lens affords makes getting there all that much easer. Because you have to go where the pictures are then the pictures will come to you. January 27, 2014
Great walk around lens I bought this lens, refurbished, to use with my new D610 as a general walk around lens. I have had it less than a month, but am very impressed with the sharpness and focusing speed. 24-85mm is the perfect range for street photography, candid portraits, and basic landscapes. I would recommend this lens for any photographer looking for a budget friendly walk around lens. January 11, 2014
Surprise! When I bought my D610 I decided to pick up this "kit" lens to accompany it, just until I can get spring for the 24-70 f/2.8. After shooting with it a couple of days (not long enough for a thorough test, granted), I have to say I'm impressed by the performance. Very quick focus, very sharp images, pleasant bokeh. The lens has a nice heft to it and feels really well made. For $500 I don't see how you could go wrong. Highly recommended! November 29, 2013
Great "street zoom" for DX format cameras This lens closely approximates the popular 35-135mm zoom of the 80s and 90s on my D3200. Sharpness is consistent across the range and the colors are nice due to the use of ED glass. My only complaint is that the zoom is a little stiff at the ends, but this is a minor thing. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a general purpose zoom for use on a DX format camera. August 12, 2013
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Which Teleconverters are compatible with this lens?

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Or is that body dependent? I am guessing since this is a kit lens for the D600, that is the body most people would be pairing it to. Wish the TCs would be listed in with accessories.
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Yes, do a search for the mod.
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Thanks Joe, Have been shooting Nikon for many years, and before going primarily to digital, I had a couple N90S. Was shooting a D7000 to keep things light, and when the D600 came out I thought this was my chance to go FX and keep things light for elbow/arm health issues. So I inventoried my 35mm equipment to see what I might be able to use, hence the question about the TC-16A.

To be clear, are you saying it would have to be modified to work with the D7000 or D600, regardless of the lens?

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You will have to do some modifications to the TC -16a to work with a digital camera.
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Hmmm.... I have a TC-16A (not listed) that I have used with a lot of lenses not in that list...or at least I did on my N90S. If the issue is the back lens element, then the same lenses with the same converter should also work on a D600??
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TC's are lens specific, here is a link to the compatibility chart:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en_INC/IMG/Assets/Common-Assets/Images/Teleconverter-Compatibility/en_US_Comp_chart.html

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Tc's will not work or fit this lens.
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How is this different from the 2002 non-VR version?

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Other than the added VR II, does this lens have the same optics as the Nikkor 24-85/3.5-4.5 released in 2002?
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I'm not referring to the NEWER f2.8-4 - the 2002 version was also an identical focal-length and aperture range - 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 as this new lens. The 2002 version was significantly sharper than the f2.8-4 version as well.

THe Nikon site does not allow comparisons between this lens and the 2002 24-85/3.5-4.5.
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You can use the comparison tool in our website in order to compare the specifications of both lenses side by side to see the improvements made to the newer model (like Silent Wave motor, VRII etc).
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First difference is the original is a f/2.8-4
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This lens works also on DX Format?

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May I use this lens on D7000?
Any FX format lens can be used on D7000?
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The pro lenses are designed for FX format but can be used on a DX format camera. These lenses tend to have better glass and produce higher quality photos.
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Thank you for the answer Joe,

Ok, now it is totally clear for me that any lens can be used on the D7000 body because the motor in on the body.
I believe there is a last question about this issue: the quality of the pictures are the same, with FX or DX Lens, in a D7000?
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Yes it will, with a field of view of 36-128. All FX lenses can be used on the D7000, it has a built in focus motor.
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Mount

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Does this lens have a full-metal mount?
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The mount is made of metal.
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AF Compatible?

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I just want to make sure that I have understood correctly: this lens should be completely compatible with a DX camera (I have the D5000) including the autofocus feature because it has AF-S and IF, correct? I'm really interested in this lens, and I want to make sure it will focus with my camera before I purchase it. Thank you for any help.
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A lens that is AF-S will autofocus with the d5000, you are correct about needing AF-S to autofocus, that means the lens has a built in focus motor. You need this because the D 5000 does not have a lens motor. The IF only means the lens focuses internally and the end of them lens does not rotate when focusing. This is important when using a circular polarizing filter.
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Is this new lens a good overall lens for my D80, since the camera is DX format and the lens is not?

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Any tips, suggestions and or recommendations would be greatly appreciated and needed!!!!
Thank you!
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The type of sensor format in your camera body is a major consideration in your choice of lens as the angle of view that is recorded on the sensor will vary depending on whether your camera is a DX or FX format. FX format sensors produce an angle of view almost identical to the 35mm film format. DX lenses provide an angle of view close to a 35mm film format lens with a focal length 1.5Xs greater, so a 50mm lens on an DX format sensor DSLR will give the equivalent angle of view to a 75mm lens on a 35mm film format body (50mm x 1.5 = 75mm). Use the Nikon Lens Simulator to see how a photo is affected by camera model and lens selection:
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
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How long does the lens extend when zoomed out to 85mm?

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Approximate 5-1/4 inches.
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It has 2 tubes - the inner-tube rotates, but the outer tube, with the fiter ring, doesn't rotate.

The attachment shows the older (2002 version on the left) and the newer VR version on the right - both at 85mm.

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Is this lens compatible with my Nikon D3000?

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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D3000.
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Where can you even get this lens or is it a going to be awhile before it is actually available?

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The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens was release on June 14 and it’s usually available after 30 to 45 days after release date. You may want to check with your local dealer or keep visiting our Nikon store.
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