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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.
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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.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR 4.7 5 15 15
Sharp Lens I have used this lens on my D800 for 6 months. The lens is very sharp at 50mm stopped down to f/11 as the picture indicates. Also, I have had very sharp pictures at the wide end at f/11 and the long end at f/5.6. March 19, 2013
Totally blown away with the sharpness and overall quality of lens Upgraded from a Canon T1i with a Sigma 10-20mm and Canon 28-135mm, all great products. The Nikon 24-85 blew me away. I was expecting a kit lens quality product and got much more. I've read a lot of reviews about the camera and this lens and got far more that I expected. I shoot a lot at the 24mm with f/8 for depth of field and get consistently sharp results across the entire frame without a tripod. Over the Christmas holidays also shot a lot of friends and family in-doors and out with equally great results. If this is the kit lens quality I can't wait to see what the pro line lenses will produce. March 1, 2013
worth for the price it is the best lens for travelers. i am using this lens. February 3, 2013
Great performance for the money In terms of value for dollar this is a great lens. Excellent centre sharpness....sure it has some softness in the corners but that can be said about most lenses regardless of price. Very lightweight and easy to handle. Paired with the D600 this lens delivers solid performance all round. Very fast focus with the D600, and delivers vibrant colours. Some distortion is to be expected from a zoom lens of this type...but once software catches up with the product launch I'm sure it will be fairly easy to correct. Overall no complaints with this lens given its price point. For people looking for a good travel combination I'd suggest the 24-85 VR paired up with the 70-300 VR....it won't break the bank and will give you solid performance at a reasonable cost. September 22, 2012
Great lens for the normal range., and then some. I like to carry a small, light lens for the middle range. This lens does that and more. The 24mm covers the wide range so that is a big plus. The 85mm for portraits and close ups. I've found the lens to be as sharp as the lens it replaces, the really sharp AF-S 24-85mm that was discontinued in 2006. I was never disappointed with that lens, and now with VR I like the new lens even more. Did I mention this is a sharp lens.... July 25, 2012
El mejor de su gama de precio Uso una Nikon D7000 (DX) y estoy absolutamente fascinado con la optica de este lente, es un lente que encuentra el equilibrio de lo que es lo soft y lo sharp, sin llegar a extremos en ambos, dando una calidad de colores increible, un bokeh muy buy bueno, ademas un lente versátil. Todo eso y mucho mas en un lente de este precio, es fabuloso. January 27, 2014
Compact FX VR Multi-use Travel Nikor Lens This lens was purchased with the purchase of a D600 SLR Body to mirror my favorite Nikor Travel VR DX 16mm-85mm Zoom used with my D7000, D7100, and D300s Nikon DSLR bodies. I personally use the DX 16mm-85mm and the D7000 and D7100 with battery-Grips as my favorite travel weight and sized choice. The FX 24mm-85mm while being of reasonable size, weight, and optical performance when used on the D600 purchased for low light, event/public affairs, and landscape usage satisifies the 24mm bottom end usage requirement for most subjects but is a bit short on the long end compared to the DX range on a D7000/D7100 APC sensor of 24mm-128mm. However, the preferable range of the Nikon 24mm-120mm VR lens is more expensive, heavier, and in optical performance not signicant enough to out way the performance balance, lighter weight, and cost value of the Nikor FX 24mm-85mm Zoom. I have purchased a Nikor 18mm-35mm 3.5/4.5, and a Nikor 70mm-200mm VR F4 to cover the bottom and top end ranges for use on the D600. There is a bit of over-lap but the even better optical performance of the 18mm-35mm and the 70mm-200mm make for a great balanced FX system with the additional use of a Nikor 50mm 1.8 G, a Nikor 20 F.2.8 prime, and for maritime photography a Nikor 70mm-300mm VR Zoom and a Nikor 80mm-400mm VR Zoom which on my D7000/D7100/D300s gives me a light weight travel 105mm-450mm, and a 120mm-600mm. My only issue is that I generally would not travel with both the D600 system and a D7000 due to the redundancy and extra weight of having to carry two medium zooms and two duplicate wide angle zooms. I still prefer using the DX 16mm-85mm, and the DX 10mm-24mm on the D7000/D7100 for travel over the D600 set-up at this time. The photo results of using the FX 24mm-85mm are very good considering the overall Nikon 2013 D600/24mm-85mm Rebate promotion and was a key incentive in purchasing the terrific Nikon D600. This made the 24mm-85mm VR lens a terrific functional value. July 10, 2013
Versatile zoom len Good image quality, wide to medium zoom, with me on every trip. March 29, 2013
Great walk-around lens Small, light, versatile 'walk-around' lens that has proven very useful for event (even indoors with limited lighting), portrait, and travel photography with a D800. At its focal-length extremes, it's not as sharp or as free from aberrations as one might like. Yet, image quality is very good, and its package of features at this price point makes it a bargain. August 13, 2012
Very nice walk around/ general purpose lens I've had the lens for about 2 weeks and shoot it on my D700. I've taken about 600 shots with it and can say it is an extremely good value in a very light weight package. Image quality is obviously not up to the highest standards Nikon produces, but considering the relatively low price the IQ far surpasses my expectations. Most importantly, its compact size and versatile focal lengths make it a lens you can keep on and have with you. Any distortion is easily corrected in post and the bokeh is surprisingly pleasing due largely to the rounded diaphragm blades. In all an outstanding value, I highly recommend it. July 6, 2012
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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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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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It works fine on a D800. It's designed for FX bodies and is a very sharp lens.

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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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