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Covering a versatile wide-angle to telephoto (24–85mm) zoom range, this lens offers a great balance of fine resolution and smooth tonal gradation. An FX-format workhorse, both in the field and in the studio, the AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF is also capable of macro shooting with a maximum reproduction range of 1:2 (half life size).
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A workhorse in the field or studio

True versatility and stellar performance

The AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF is ideal for landscapes, travel, full length portraits, studio work and more. Thanks to a unique design and Internal Focusing (IF), its filter attachment does not rotate during focusing or zooming. And with a maximum reproduction range at 85mm of 1:2 (half life size), it is also a viable macro lens for close-up shooting.
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Shed light on new possibilities

Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture

The AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF’s fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at the 24mm setting is ideal for low-light shooting or creating beautiful background blur (bokeh). It also makes the lens an effective choice for slow or rear flash sync techniques. Expand your capabilities.
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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.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 33 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Exceptional Walkaround Lens I purchased the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D because I wanted a lens that provided the focal range of 24mm for landscape and 85mm for portraits. The macro feature interested me that I can photograph a subject up close for tabletop photography. I've been able to grow and improve my photography skills with this lens from photography classes to corporate events and doing product shots. When I first started using the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D, I noticed some vignetting going on at wider shots, but so long as i don't use a filter, it is hardly noticeable. The autofocus isn't as fast or quiet as my more expensive primes, but is still fast enough for me to use at events and the sound of it focusing is similar to ball bearings spinning unlike my other lenses. I originally purchased the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D for my F5 and had amazing results on film. I'm glad it works with my D7100, but on entry-level DSLR, the auto-focus can't be used. Still, this lens offers a lot of value with its capabilities and versatility at a price the fraction of more expensive lenses making it a perfect walk-around lens for the park, street, or wherever your travels take you. July 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all around lens. Great lens I have been using for 12 years. Sharp and fast. Can be challenging because of the lack of the VR. Beautiful lens overall. April 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Versatile Lens This lens does a little bit of almost everything and it's super sharp. It is the go-to walking around lens on my D7000. April 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great travel lens Great travel lens. My sample is sharp at all focal lengths and apertures. Additionally, it has great bokeh and color rendition. Only downside is it's a little big and heavy. It has exceeded my expectations for a zoom. December 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Glad I have it! This lens is outstanding for value and practicality. Like anything, at either extreme, (24 or 85mm), this lens isn't as fantastic as it is in all the middle lengths. I use it constantly on my D300S and a D50. Along with my 70-200 f/2.8, I don't need to pack my other lenses. October 26, 2011
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I can't figure out how to get it to autofocus on the d3000???

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Your Nikon D3000 does not have a Built-In Motor to drive "D" type lenses -- You need to buy AF-S lenses (Built-In Motor in the Lens) for this Nikon Body. You can buy Off-Brand Lenses that have the HSM motor built into the lens (Sigma).
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Typo D3000
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D300 does not have a built in lens motor.
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if the lens does not have a HSM (built in motor) it will not auto focus. If it has a HSM, buillt in motor, ;ook on the left side of the lens for a switch ( A-M ), switch it to A- for autom and M- for manual focus.
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Where is the serial number on my AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF?

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I found my serial number very lightly engraved (almost invisibly -- the light has to hit it just right) on the aperture ring near the base approximately 180 degrees opposite the f/2.8 marker.
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To loacate the serial number of the AF Zoom 24-85 f/2.8-4 D IF lens please see the following article to help locate the serial number: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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It is engraved lightly on the underside of the lens just below the aperture ring. Should be under approximately F/4 stop.
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Does this lens auto focus on a D3100?

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Short answer, no.
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D3100 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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I am unable to set this lens to f/2.8 at 24mm in any mode on my D7000. What could be wrong?

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Try using the Aperture Priority (A mode) or Manual (M mode) then turn your command/sub-command wheel to select your preferred setting. I hope this helps.
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On most lenses the maximum aperture will decrease when you zoom in, as the optics move to focus at the new zoom range. These zoom lenses are said to have a "variable" aperture. To achieve the widest possible aperture, you need to be at the widest possible zoom setting.
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Is this Len recommended for the D610 ? Does it cover the full sensor with out cropping?

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I have a D610 and use this lens on it. This is a FX (full frame) lens, it works fine, no cropping.
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It is a full frame lens. (FX)
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Is this lens compatible with Nikon D7000?

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Yes, the AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF is compatible with the D7000. Wide to Telephoto 3.5x zoom lens ideal for landscape, full length portraits, travel and portrait photographs. Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at 24m setting is ideal for available light shooting or slow/rear flash sync techniques. This lens is a manual focus lens therefore Manual focus is available for lenses that do not support autofocus on the D7000. To focus manually, adjust the lens focus ring until the image displayed on the clear matte field in the viewfinder is in focus. Photographs can be taken at any time, even when the image is not in focus.
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Does this lens auto focus on a D90?

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Yes the D90 has built in screw drive to focus lens.
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Yes, the AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF will auto focus with the D90.
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Get an error message when trying to adjust the aperture ring. It only says to use set at 22. Camera is in manual mode, manual focus.suggestions?

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The AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens is a D type lens which means that it has a mechanical aperture ring. To use a D lens on a DSLR, rotate the aperture to its smallest opening, or highest f-number - normally marked in orange. Select this aperture and lock it using the aperture locking switch on the lens. Aperture can then be controlled using the camera's dials. Please see your camera's manual for additional information regarding which controls are used to change aperture on your specific camera. Additional information can be found here: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An....
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The lens is locked at F/22, aperture is then controlled by the camera not the lens
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I need a nikon AF 24-85mm rubber grip ring replacement

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Please get in contact with the Nikon Parts Department
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I want to know if this lens works with the D7000? why or why not?

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Yes, it will work. The D7000 has an internal focus motor, which the D3100/D5100 doesn't have. This means it autofocus with pretty much all Nikkor AF lenses made for DSLRs.
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