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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens

You Pay: $596.95
Product Highlights
  • For FX-Format DSLRs
  • Wide-Angle to Medium Telephoto 3.5x Zoom
  • Three Aspherical Lens Elements
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Lens Element
  • Nikon VR Image Stabilization
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor & Superior Close Focus
  • M/A (Manual/Auto) Focus Mode Switch
  • Round 7-Blade Diaphragm & Internal Focus

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens features a wide to medium tele 3.5x zoom and VR image stabilization. It's an excellent standard lens that can be used for everyday shooting. The 24 - 85mm focal length can cover everything from wide-angle shots to portrait shooting. It lets you shoot up to four shutter speeds slower, thanks to the VR Image Stabilization. And, it affords superior close focusing at 1.25 feet away from every focal length.

In addition to the obvious advantages a reliable everyday lens provides, it also employs a 7-blade rounded diaphragm opening, three aspherical lens elements and one extra-low dispersion ED element. The 7-bladed rounded diaphragm allows for beautiful bokeh and blurred background effects in photos with a shallow depth of field.

Having one ED glass element and three aspherical elements means this lens will provide you and your camera with spectacular image quality, clarity and contrast in every frame you capture. It's suited for all levels
of photography and video capture, from amateur to professional. Plus, it touts features like Nikon's Super Integrated Coating, internal focus, silent wave motor and M/A (manual/auto) focus mode switch.

Three Aspherical Lens Elements
This is another unique Nikon innovation, which virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberration, further improving image integrity
One Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Element
A single ED element offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration - even at the widest aperture settings
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare
M/A (Manual/Auto) Focus Mode Switch
This NIKKOR lens features 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
Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations-rather than a gear system-to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation
Superior Close Focus
With a superior close range focus, you'll be able to focus to 1.25 feet at every focal length
Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization, which is tailored to each lens, enables handheld shooting at up to four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible for dramatically sharper images and HD videos - even in low light
Internal Focusing
All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel, which allows for a more compact, lightweight construction - as well as a closer focusing distance
Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
The rounded 7-blade diaphragm renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings

Other Features

Wide angle G-Type lens with distance information
Three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion glass ED element
Angle of View: 84° - 28°30' (61° - 18°50' with Nikon DX format)
Performance
Focal Length 24 - 85mm
Comparable Focal Length: 36 - 127.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 4.5
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type Nikon F 1
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(Bayonet)

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Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 28° - 84°
DX Picture Angle: 18° - 61°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.25' (.38 m) 2
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(at all focal lengths)

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Magnification 3.5x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:0
Elements/Groups 16/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes 3
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Nikon VR Image Stabilization

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Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 3.2" (7.87 x 8.13 cm)
Weight 1.02 lb (465 g)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
  • 72mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • CL-1118 Soft Lens Case
  • HB-63 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    NikonAF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 88 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (54)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (49)
    • Consistent output (45)
    • Easily interchangeable (34)
    • Durable (29)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (9)
    • Slow focus (6)
    • Distortion (4)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (58)
    • Weddings (24)
    • Low light (19)
    • Wildlife photos (12)
    • Video (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (16)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (77)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very nice lens

    This lens is a very good lens for the money. It is very sharp, accurate color and lightweight. It is my normal walk around lens now. It is accurate and quite fast...Read complete review

    This lens is a very good lens for the money. It is very sharp, accurate color and lightweight. It is my normal walk around lens now. It is accurate and quite fast focusing. The added VR feature is a welcome addition. I have done hand held shots down to 1/3 of a second with this lens with very good results. It is a very good alternative to the much higher priced 24-70 f2.8, but that is a whole difference lens. For the money you pay for this lens, it is more than worth it.

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    Nikon 24-85mm f 3.5-4.5 VR

    Lens has a lot of light falloff around the edges, and does not go away until stopped down to nearly f8. Quite a bit of distortion at the wide angle end, and at...Read complete review

    Lens has a lot of light falloff around the edges, and does not go away until stopped down to nearly f8. Quite a bit of distortion at the wide angle end, and at the long end as well. Zoom ring is rather small to grasp with your fingers, and a bit tight to twist. Quite sharp in the center of the images, but slightly soft around the edges even when stopped down.

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    5.0

    Nice all around lense

    By Miro

    from Seattle

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

    For the money this lense is very good. Is not as sharp as the best Nikon lenses, but is costs only a fraction of their price. It has some noticeable barrel distortion at the wide end. Other than that it is pretty nice basic lense.

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    5.0

    Superb lens, absolutely sharp!

    By Mister Bumbles

    from Longview, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

      This lens appears to be sharp across all apertures and the full wide to zoom range. It's lightning fast, and a pleasure to work with.

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      5.0

      Nikkor 24-85mm is a Great Lens!

      By T-Rex

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

        This is a great everyday lens to keep on your camera for grab and go. I'm very pleased with it.

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        5.0

        perfect lens for small events

        By Joseph

        from Houston tex

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

          I use it for portraits weddings and small get togthers. Sharp focus vr lens

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          4.0

          excellent walk about lens

          By grampated

          from sheboygan wi

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

            purchased to supplement my 85 1.4. It is now my choice for walk about on my D800

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            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A perfect carry around lens

            By Maggie

            from NYC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

              The 24-85mm lens is a great carry around lens for the d750. All my shots have been on target and the lens is light. The only problem is when used all the way on the wide side, there is some distortion...so I don't push my limits !

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              4.0

              great walk around lens!

              By jeffa

              from boston ma

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                love this lens…is it perfect no but it is a great lens for walking around and shooting pics!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                this lens is a brand I always buy.

                By Lamounier

                from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Great lens

                Best Uses

                • Good For Close Ups
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                sinse i was 14 years old I use Nikkon, cameras and lens, for me they are the best

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                4.0

                Not fully satisifed

                By Alank

                from Bethesda

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Useful zoom range

                Cons

                • Stiff And Uneven Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Portraits Street Photogr

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                This is the first Nikon lens that has not lived up to my expectations completely. The zoom is quite stiff - much more than on my 18- 200mm f/3.5-4.5 VR G DX - and not equally stiff through the range. I have not had a chance to really test the picture quality, but trial shots have been satisfactory for a decent walking around FX lens.

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                5.0

                Excellent lens

                By Gee

                from Staten Island

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                Lot the zoom lens, it's great for many reasons with out breaking the bank!

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Compared to the 24-70 f2.8...

                By Rom

                from Seattle

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Barrel distortion

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                I've been using this lens with my D600 for the past year. I've gotten some outstanding shots, but I started to wonder if I'm loosing something on my full frame 24mp. So I rented the flagship 24-70 f2.8 and shot about 1000 shots over a weekend. I'm happy to say that this cheaper Nikon is as good as the more expensive one for 95% of shooting situations. You may not get the glorified corner-corner sharpness, but then again who really needs that all the time? The VR delivers sharper results indoors, and lower noise with lower ISO. The bokeh is high quality, esp 85mm / f4.5. I was expecting dramatically better sharpness, color rendition, and bokeh in the 24-70 f2.8 but I just couldn't find it. On top of that, this lens feels like a feather in your hand, never really weighing down your shooting. The downsides of this lens are massive barrel distortions @24mm, but that can be corrected with one click in Lightroom.

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                5.0

                Under-rated lens for landscapes

                By Alex, yes a runner and professor

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                    The main limitation, common to zooms anyway, is distortion if you need to shoot architectural images. But for landscapes the limitation that has been noted is a bit more CA than other competing lenses. However, my copy has very little - less say than my Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 (which doesn't have a lot). It's also called soft in the extreme corners, but it isn't bad there and really, who but pixel peepers would care? It's a sharp lens. And for landscapes, my use for it, its somewhat slower apertures don't matter. And with the IS, the only reason to need a tripod is to keep the ISO at 100 and the dof up - which is what most landscapes (not to mention many other types of images) need. I suspect I was lucky with my copy but it's a really fine lens for my purposes.
                    I might add that primes are not very helpful for landscapes. The idea you can use your legs instead forgets three things: the terrain can make that impossible; even if it's possible that may mean an unwanted change in altitude; it also means that the relationships between objects further and away will change. Zooms are best, especially in undulating or hilly terrain, to get the composition you're after.

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                    4.0

                    Great Bang for the Buck

                    By Bob Woolcock

                    from California

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                          Greta results for a walk about do it all inexpensive lens. Not a pro lens, but with a little imagination and moderate skill in post you can make it work.

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                          4.0

                          Solid, walk-around general purpose lens

                          By jstill

                          from Boston

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                          • Minor Lens Distortion
                          • Stiff Manual Handling

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                          I normally rent the 24-70 2.8 for specific projects but found that I needed a reasonably similar economical solution available onsite all the time; this lens fills that need for me.
                          Its compact, reasonably sharp and the VR offsets the 3.5-4.5 max aperture limitation; works very well hand-held at lower speeds.
                          Good center sharpness throughout range but not as sharp at edges compared to 24-70; some distortion and vignetting easily auto-corrected in CaptureOne RAW processing.
                          My main problem using it is how stiff and choppy zoom and manual focus is compared to 24-70; but for the money, I have no complaint.

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                          5.0

                          Exceeded my expectations--A real sleeper

                          By SLODave

                          from San Luis Obispo, California USA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Consistent Output
                          • Excellent resolution
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • CA
                          • Distortion

                          Best Uses

                          • General photography
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                          I am a retired part-time professional. As I've gotten older, I've found it difficult to lug around heavy pro-grade lenses. I've found some consumer-grade lenses are very nearly equal to the pro lenses and perform very we'll when treated with reasonable care.

                          I received this lens in a D600 package deal, and, I thought I would sell it, since I already had a Nikon 24-70 f2.8. I tested it carefully against my pro lenses and was surprised how good it was. The sharpness is excellent--slightly better than my 16-35 f4, about equal to my 24-70 f2.8 and almost as good as my 70-200 f4. The VR works great and in many situations more than compensates for the 1 stop less light.

                          Yes, there is some distortion and some chromatic aberration, but Lightroom quickly makes those non-issues.

                          And, importantly for me, this lens is MUCH lighter and more compact than the faster lenses or the 24-120 f4. It stays on my camera most of the time and the results are fabulous, especially taking real pictures instead of pictures of lens charts. It's a keeper.

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                          5.0

                          Nikon 24 to 85

                          By Kathy

                          from South Carolina

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                          Just receiver this lens , this is my first short telephoto I have a Nikon 28 to 300 and I love that one. I have only shot a couple of pictures with the new one but so far the pictures are sharp and crisp. This might be the top oh the Nikon lenses but all the reviews were great and I also have to say for the cost I do 't you can go wrong. B and. H photo has thus one on sale

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                          5.0

                          Excellent General Purpose Lens

                          By BAY

                          from Atlanta, GA

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                                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                                Nice size/weight with a wide range of focal lengths. I've been using a 24-120 lens which has been somewhat heavy to use although it produces excellent quality photos. Looking forward to using this smaller/lighter version although I gave up some focal length. Test pictures look great.

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                                5.0

                                Super sharp lens

                                By Sudhanshu

                                from Mumbai India

                                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                                I have been using 18 -70 mm f 3.5 4.5 which came as kit lens with old D70. I kept on using it since it was a very good lens till recently when I upgraded to 24-85 mm with vr. I was amazed at the sharpness n vr of the lens. There was such huge improvement compared to my old lens. Vr also open possibility of shooting at low shutter speed. Excellent buy.

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                                5.0

                                I like it!

                                By grasshopper651

                                from Keller, TX

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                                  This lens may not be single aperture throughout the range but it is an excellent zoom for the money. I am much more apt to walk around with this than a large heavy 2.8 zoom. What's the best lens? The one you have on your camera and actually use.

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice Glass!

                                  By Greenie

                                  from Salem, Ohio

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Video
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens:

                                    I use this lens anywhere from photgraphing products, to nature, to portraits. Very fast focus, nice VR and has a decent Fstop.

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