Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED AF-S Review Round-Up

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Photo Zone

The Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED is a very decent standard zoom. The resolution characteristics is very good throughout the zoom range and vignetting is very well controlled whereas distortions are about average for a lens in this class. CAs are a weak spot at 24mm only. Mechanically it is good quality consumer lens with a fast and near-silent AF. All-in-all a pretty harmonious package but probably not all that attractive anymore on APS-C DSLRs where a wide-angle setting of 24mm already tends to be a little too long for a standard zoom. … READ FULL REVIEW

Other Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED AF-S Reviews

Thom Hogan

Not a professional build, no aperture ring. Still, it’s solid, and the focus and zoom rings are smooth, if not silky. Filter Size. Is 67mm, what was Nikon thinking?. Zoom and Focus rings are reversed. The lens feels “wrong” when you first go to zoom. No depth of field scale. We don’t even get cut-out depth of field charts in the manual, let alone anything on the lens. At least give us one set of markings for the widest angle, Nikon. Focus Speed, yes, it’s an AF-S, yes, it’s silent, yes, it’s fast. Yes, you can override the focus manually. Despite the price, there are no AF-S compromises here. There is no real issues with optics, though not perfect. Use the hood and you should get sharp, contrasty images with just a bit of linear distortion at the extremes. No, it’s not cheap, but for what you get, it’s not expensive, either. At this price, you’re expecting far less performance than the lens delivers. “¦ READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

This is the one. Buy it; I did! I prefer it to the 24-120, 24-85 2.8-4, and 28-105 that I know you are shopping for since I was, too. It’s as sharp as my worn-out 28-85, has more distortion, is much smaller, has a wider zoom range and focuses closer, faster and easier. If I were on a budget I’d look for a used 28-85 here instead for about $150 over any of the other current new lenses. When the 24-120VR. starts shipping, probably at twice the price, it may or may not be better. I actually will use the VR since I often shoot in the dark without a tripod. Get a 67 -> 77mm step-up ring and make believe this lens has a 77mm filter size for compatibility with the other pro lenses. “¦ READ FULL REVIEW

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