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NikonZoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens
 
4.4

(based on 103 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (76)
  • Durable (53)
  • Consistent output (50)
  • Strong construction (46)
  • Easily interchangeable (44)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (37)
  • Weddings (35)
  • General purpose (32)
  • Low light (32)
  • Macro photography (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (13), Semi-professional (12), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Most Versatile Workhorse !

I've used this lens for weddings, portraits & landscapes professionally and for taking pictures of my pets, at family BBQ's and graduations. When equipped with a good speedlight (SB800 or SB600),...Read complete review

I've used this lens for weddings, portraits & landscapes professionally and for taking pictures of my pets, at family BBQ's and graduations. When equipped with a good speedlight (SB800 or SB600), its performance is exemplary.

When used as the primary lens, in multiple speedlight creative flash photography; it didn't miss a beat. Its capture of well placed light was great. The images were very sharp and when needed, it provides you with a very nice shallow depth of field surpassed only by a 85mm f1.4.

The macro feature is great, but for macro shots I like to use my 105mm f2.8 macro lens. The hood is well configured and goes on & off easily. It's made of a sturdy plastic that's not too expensive to replace; as I had to once.

I would like to have this same lens in a slightly wider angle, maybe a 20-85mm and with VR option (action photos), but that would probably make it heavier in weight & price.

Overall rating: a great lens with the features that a versatle workhorse-lens needs, at a decent price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Know what you're buying

I notice that much of the praise for this lens comes from people shooting DX Nikons, not FX, the format Nikon markets the lens for. In DX, results can look okay because the...Read complete review

I notice that much of the praise for this lens comes from people shooting DX Nikons, not FX, the format Nikon markets the lens for. In DX, results can look okay because the smaller DX sensor picks up only the middle 2/3 of the image, or the sweet spot, of the lens. On an FX camera, such as my D700, weaknesses of the lens make themselves painfully apparent in the form of distortion (barrel or pin cushion, depending on the focal length), fringing, soft edges, vignetting, etc., especially at extremes of aperture and focal length. This makes the lens fine for some pictures and quite inadequate for others. Nature, portraits, food and vacations can be good uses. Architecture, group shots, large products and fine art are likely to disappoint - less so on a DX body, but definitely on an FX Nikon. Still, it's okay as a fun tote-around lens for snapshots and the like. F2.8 at 24mm is nice and bright in the viewfinder, but you'll want to stop down a notch or two. Build is okay - better than my vintage (and equally quirky) Nikon 24-120mm. If you understand the limitations of this lens and you're okay with them and the price is irresistible, what the heck. But please don't confuse its performance with the Nikon 24-70 f2.8. There are many solid reasons that lens costs three time more.

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5.0

Great Overall lens

By cdjohannes

from St. Louis MO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

    Purchased in 2004 and used with my F100. Currently used with a D800. I have taken many existing / low light indoor pictures with it while travelling with excellent results (ISO 100 color film) and even a few great sunsets in Hawaii. With the D800 I have photographed my wife's flowers for note cards and the Macro setting has been great to have.

    I do not take it off unless I have a specific need for a telephoto.

    Some of my issues have been traced more to user than equipment.

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    5.0

    excellent for travel

    By Ezi

    from Bal Harbour

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

      I bought this lens to use on the D800 Nikon,
      it is very light to carry all the time and we don´t need to be changing lens all the time, fast,sharp.

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By Chris

      from Virginia

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

        This is a great lens to use in low light and for an all around purpose lens. However it does tend to occasionally vingette but that can easily be fixed in the camera by changing certain settings or fixed on your computer.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Micaela_i

        from WEST NEW YORK,NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

          Excelent product. Versatile!

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          5.0

          Great multipurpose lens for DX

          By Allen Wicks

          from USA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All-around Usage
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

              I have shot 100k plus shots with this lens on a Nikon D2x (2005 pro Nikon with DX format). The lens has excelled as an all-around lens for weddings, events and product photography.

              All my comments here are based on use with a DX format camera; results on an FX camera may or may not be very different! If you don't know the differences FX/DX learn before buying lenses, because all lenses do _not_ perform similarly on different cameras. I am now buying an FX Nikon and I am expecting that new pro FX Nikons may exceed the capabilities of the 24-85mm. We will wait and see.

              Even though I own the far superior 105mm macro, having the macro built-in is surprisingly useful (quick shot of a bride's ring hand, product pix, construction documentation, small critters, etc.). I use it frequently.

              Note that the 24-85 is functionally 36-127mm (35mm equivalent) on Nikon DX, plus DX is much less demanding on the lens than FX would be. On a DX Nikon the 12-24mm DX Nikon lens (18-36mm in 35mm equivalence) is a value pairing with this 24-85mm.

              My copy of the 24-85mm lens has been used very hard, lots of miles in all kinds of difficult environments, and several drops. I would have to qualify it as _extremely_ durable for a zoom lens.

              I give it an unequivocal 5 stars for DX; no rating on FX yet.

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              5.0

              Great balance of aperture and zoom

              By Luiz Anísio

              from Brasil (Brazil)

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

              Excelente custo-benefício. A lente tem um ótimo equilíbrio entre aperture e zoom, tornando-se uma excelente opção de flexibilidade para o dia-a-dia. Comprei para usar com a minha nikon D7000.
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              Excellent value for money. The lens has a great balance of aperture and zoom, making it an excellent choice for flexibility for day-to-day. I bought to use with my Nikon D7000.

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              5.0

              Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF lens

              By Boots in nature

              from Hartford, TN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Light weight
              • Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                This lens is a short, wide angle, lens that I keep on my camera most of the time. I have a 85-300mm I carry along with this 24-85mm lens, to cover the 300 range. I hate to carry a heavy lens all the time, and this length is used a lot. It will focus fast and the VR helps to had hold the camera. Good lens.

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens!

                By lacyafternoon

                from Bartow Fl

                Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                Love the full frame lens!
                Awesome help...Suggested this to me glad he did. Try it you will love it!

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                4.0

                Good Lens

                By Eurico Gremio Football

                from Aptos, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                I use the lens with my Nikon D800. This is the lens that is usually on the camera when I have no specific agenda to do. It's light and quick, cheap and sharp. The lens is great for outdoor and portrait shots. The manual and automatic controls both work like a peach. This is not the best lens for capturing macro shots. I would recommend this to a friend

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Cork the producer

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Video

                    Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                    Have only used this a few days since I have purchased but my pictures are so crisp and clean...I shot some video the other night and it is great in low light. Really great lens.

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                    4.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Mike

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portrait

                      Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                      Love the 2.8 aperture on this lens and though only an AF with no VR its still a great lens to have in your kit.

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                      5.0

                      Nice lens

                      By Am

                      from Nc

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                      I am using the lens for all types if photos and I love it! The lens is awesome and the service from B and H was great! The item arrived right on time in top notch condition!!

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Great all around lens

                      By Geno

                      from Bayport, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Fast Lens For Low Light
                      • Heavy

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                      The lens was a gift from my family for my birthday. After using it on a road trip down to Florida I feel it was a great all around lens for everyday use.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding performance

                      By DrCuervo

                      from Seattle, Wa

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Excellent in low light
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                      I needed a lens for my Nikon D300 that would handle low light situations and have some zoom capabilities. On a recommendation from a fellow photographer I got the 24-85 Nikkor and ran it through its paces during an indoor concert.
                      The locking mechanism is smooth and very solid. The lens was very fast and responsive at focusing during the concert.
                      Afterwards I decided to check out the macro setting and was blown away at how sharp my images turned out! Again, the focus was very responsive and speedy.
                      Since there is no vibration reduction here you will have to be somewhat careful but I have not had any issues with that. Some folks have complained about the noisy auto zoom but the sound does not bother me in the least. It's pretty quiet compared to other lenses. Outside of that it is a bit heavy but, again, it does not bother me.
                      I am incredibly happy with my purchase and this may become my primary lens of choice for every day shooting. I absolutely recommend this lens in this price range to any photographer. Cheers!

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                      4.0

                      Good all-around lens

                      By emholmstrom

                      from St. Paul, MN

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                        I've had this lens for about 5 months now and have used it for everything from mountain landscapes to portraits to close ups of flowers to action shots. I've been very happy with the portrait and macro abilities especially. Very easy to operate. I keep it on my camera 90% of the time because it does do just about everything! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an all-around lens.
                        It also seems fairly durable because it's been knocked around a bit on rocks during mountain hikes and lightly rained on a few times. It still works as well as the day I got it.

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                        4.0

                        Good for film and DX

                        By Slalom

                        from Switzerland

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                          This was my go to lens for 10 years. Rugged construction, fast at 24mm. Even at 85mm I could use a shallow depth of field to make foreground objects "disappear". It is not a light lens but on a solid body it feels good.

                          When I moved to an FX body I had problems with vignetting that I had not seen with film. I now looking for a replacement lens that is more suited to a D800. In the interim I am enjoying my prime lenses and a wide zoom.

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                          5.0

                          Satisfaction!!!

                          By JerseyJake

                          from Clifton, NJ

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Macro capability
                          • Portraiture
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                            Great wide angle to medium telephoto lens with macro and portrait capabilities.

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                            4.0

                            Love it

                            By Dan

                            from Whitman county Wa

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Macro setting available
                            • Rugged
                            • speed

                            Cons

                            • Limited wide angle 4 land

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                            I purchased this lens to replace a broken kit lens for my Nikon D200. The majority of my photos are landscape along with photos of people. This lens is very sharp and I love the speed. The only regret is that the 24-85 range is not quite the wide angle I sometimes need for landscapes while shooting with a D200.

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                            5.0

                            "An OLDIE but a GOODIE"

                            By Terry

                            from MA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                              I mostly use a light box and have to change lenes.What I like about this lens it has a Macro function which helps in close ups!Very well made and light.AF not as quite as AF-S but takes very sharp pictures!Buy this lens you won't be disappointed!

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                              5.0

                              Love this lens!

                              By Ninanicole

                              from Tallahassee, Fl

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Nikon Zoom W/A-Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF AF Lens:

                                I love this lens! I am extremely satisfied!

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