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NikonAF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens
 
4.4

(based on 108 reviews)

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    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (79)
  • Durable (56)
  • Consistent output (52)
  • Strong construction (47)
  • Easily interchangeable (45)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (40)
  • Weddings (36)
  • Low light (35)
  • General purpose (32)
  • Macro photography (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (13), Semi-professional (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (46)

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

Incredibly nice and sharp.

By Cygnus Studios

from San Francisco, CA.

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens:

    Quite honestly I was pleasantly surprised at how well this lens performs. Used on a D3, there is very little vignetting at the corners even wide open. Focuses sharp and fast.
    The macro function is about expected. Would highly recommend this lens.

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    3.0

    Ok but there are better lens for the money

    By GTO1965

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • Vignetting

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens:

    I would give this lens a 3.5 stars. I had bought this lens around 15 years ago for my film camera. Still works today even on my DSLR camera. The main reason I bought this was that it was one of the few f2.8 zoom lenses that Nikon had. Back in the film days you needed the faster speed especially when shooting ISO 100-200 speed film.

    I liked the macro ability of the lens. It would only go to 1:2. Great not having to carrying a macro lens with you if yow wanted to get some close ups.

    I didn't like the vignetting at wide side of the lens. Had to stop down to f8 I order to get rid of it. A few years back when switching to a DSLR, I used this lens and noticed the vignetting was even worse on digital. Had to buy all new lower profile filters and even then it still had vignetting. Even in Lightroom with the lens profie it still was visible.

    Also didn't like the 72mm filter threads. Wish that they would have went with a more standard size like 77mm instead.

    Another thing I didn't like was that it was not quite long enough at the 85mm end. Wish it wa a bit longer like 120mm. However, when this lens came out, they had a 24-120mm lens, but it was slower, so I ended up getting the faster 24-85mm lens instead.

    If I were to buy this lens today, I probably would not buy it. With digital, you really don't need the faster speed since you can easily boost the ISO much higher on a digital camera. Plus the f2.8 was only on the wide side and it quickly increased up to f4, so you really didn't have much f2.8 range to use it with. A few years back I bought the Nikon 28-300mm lens, For the few extra hundreds difference between the two, you Are better off getting the 28-300mminstead. Much more range and nice sharp contrasty image. However, this lens is much more heavier than the 24-85mm lens. But with VR this lens is much more easier to shoot than the 24-85. Plus now, I don't have to carry the70-300mm any more.

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    5.0

    We have two now, my wife tried it and loved it

    By Kataram

    from Watertown. ma

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens:

      Got my wife one because she carries to many primes for weddings that we do

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      5.0

      I made a goodbpurchase

      By Southern shooter

      from Leesville, SC

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens:

        The most beautiful landscapes taken with this lens. Just what I needed. I have been using this lens as a "walk a round" and it has preformed just as I thought it would.
        I have recommended this lens to my photo friends.

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        4.0

        Affordable and versatile

        By MBfoto

        from Pennsylvania

        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens:

        I purchased this lens to supplement my prime lenses and I am not disappointed. Nice sharp lens with a good macro range. Could be a tad sharper but nothing you can't fix in post.

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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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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

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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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens:

                Excelent product. Versatile!

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                5.0

                Great multipurpose lens for DX

                By Allen Wicks

                from USA

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All-around Usage
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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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                    (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Outstanding performance

                            By DrCuervo

                            from Seattle, Wa

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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 AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF 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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