AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
Just don't call it "kit"
Took me a long time to get used to the idea of a lens being useful at f3.5-4.5 after spending the 70's as a pro with prime lenses. Never a zoom! When I got my FX body it 'came' with the 24-85 and I was not excited. But I must admit this lens has greatly exceeded my expectations. It is sharp throughout the range and the VR gets me the faster shutter speed I need to off-set the missing f-stops. As a "walk around" lens it is perfect, light and quick to focus -- plus it is not huge. Granted it does not make up for fast glass, I still use my 50 f1.8 and my 105 f 2 when I need the super shallow depth-of-field or am in a low light environment. But as an optical tool for an old fool, I was shocked -- I am not going back to the 70s!
January 22, 2015
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
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 28, 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
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