AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
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
Great travel lens
I bought this lens to use as a travel and walk around lens. I am not a pro but set high IQ standards for my hobby. I specialise in nature and wild life so I have the 70-200 f2.8 and 300 f2.8 as for travel on a recent trip to Europe I took this lens plus my 70- 300 VR as they are both light with my D700. The IQ on both is so good that I view my 24-70 f2.8 as access. It is heavy and with no VR. Great lens but will sell to use money to upgrade my D 700 in due time.
March 30, 2013
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 23, 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
Bem construída, rápida, motor de foco, silencioso
Sua construção, inerente às lentes NIKOR são surpreendente. Leves e robustas, tem seu foco super-rápido e silencioso, além de uma grande captura na qualidade de cores. Recomendo.
August 27, 2014
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
Highly versitle with superb focus range, reasonable size, and weight.
This is an incredibly useful and versatile lens for travel and general outdoor use. I could say that it is versatile enough that you might even consider having a dedicated camera body just for this lens.
Normally I would not have bought this lens because of my dislikes about variable maximum aperture and absence of manual aperture ring (it being a "G" lens). Mine came as a kit lens deal with my D600. I figured, ok, I will try it once and sell it. However, after one trip with it on my D800 I was amazed at how well it performed and how versatile the lens proved to be. It has become a "go-to" lens for general travel and outdoor photography.
Image quality is terrific. AF focus speed and accuracy are fine.
Lens size and weight are big issues with me because I tend to carry a lot of gear (2 bodies, 6 or 7 lenses). I will tolerate carrying one large/ bulky lens in my kit (such as a favorite old manual 300mm or 400mm lens on a dedicated camera body) but I usually draw the line at that. I dislike carrying 2 bulky lenses at a time. That generally eliminates almost all AF zoom lenses. This one, however, hits the sweet spot in the areas of size, weight, and zoom range almost perfectly: not too large/heavy, easy to carry, extremely useful zoom range, easily fits in the camera bag.
Dislikes (the reasons I did not rate this lens 5 stars):
Variable maximum aperture. I always use manual or aperture priority. It bothers me to have the maximum aperture vary from 3.5 to 4.5 when I use lenses at or near their maximum aperture. I fully understand why variable max. aperture lenses exist, having designed some lenses myself.
It is a "G" lens--no manual aperture ring. I guess that after 50+ years of using all-manual lenses, old habits die hard. But I am just not comfortable with the thumb-wheel aperture adjustment on the body instead of an aperture ring on the lens which lets me know by feel where the aperture is set.
No backwards compatibility to my F, F2 or F3 film bodies (yes, I still use film regularly and love it).
No depth of field (DOF) scale (as is true of all AF zoom lenses). I routinely use my MF lenses according to DOF or hyperfocal distance and do not depend on focus screen or electronic rangefinder. Makes life a lot easier. AF is not useful for my style of photography.
Manual focus ring action is very nice but the ring is too narrow.
Perhaps I am being unfair complaining about a "G" lens being a "G" lens, or a variable max. aperture lens being what it is. If that is so, and I admit it may well be, then I would have to say that if its features appeal to you, and my dislikes are of no concern, then the lens deserves a solid 5 star rating.
Congratulations to Nikon.
January 5, 2015
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 30, 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