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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
 
4.6

(based on 127 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (76)
  • Lightweight (74)
  • Consistent output (62)
  • Easily interchangeable (50)
  • Durable (40)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (14)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Slow focus (6)
  • Distortion (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (83)
  • Weddings (39)
  • Low light (28)
  • Video (15)
  • Wildlife photos (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (56), Semi-pro photographer (31), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (109), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

Great lens for the money

By orbd58

from Portland, Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

Got this lens from B&H before a trip after reading many reviews. Didn't have a lot of time to try it out and test it, but I liked its zoom range and thought it would be the right all-around lens for everyday use. Plus, I have another NIkkor VR zoom that has given me some great results with the VR function.

I've been in Istanbul for the past week using the lens on a DX camera. When I brought the first few batches of images into Lightroom I was really impressed by the detail this lens captured. Some photographers prefer thorough technical analysis of a lens' performance, but for me, I've always relied on my eyeballs whether under a loupe in the 'way back' days before digital, or zoomed in with Photoshop or Lightroom today. And I have to say, this lens wowed me right out of the gate. Looking at images 1:1 in LR I was impressed with the lens' ability to distinctly capture separate hairs in a portrait, or the fine texture of a fabric, or fibers in a piece of fruit.

Others have cited the lens' relative slowness wide open, but I try not to use most lenses wide open anyway so this doesn't really trouble me. Today's image sensors offer incredible ISO's with little compromise in quality so the only way this really comes into play is for photographers after creative use of shallow depth of field. Some have also had problems with the zoom ring but my copy turns smoothly without feeling 'loose'.

I'm really happy so far with the results of this lens and am looking forward to using it on an FX camera in the future.

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4.0

Backup

By Keithtrumbo

from New York City

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

Bought as a back up lens for the 24-70 f2.8 and for travel when constant aperture not important.

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5.0

Outstanding lens

By NHK

from Warminster, pa

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

This lens is tack sharp and auto focus is fast. I read the reviews for a few years and most often the zoom ring was said to be very tight. I found this not to be true. The zoom ring is smooth throughout the zoom range. I will admit that it isn't as smooth as my Nikon 70-200 F2.8 but that is an internal zoom that doesn't move the lens back and forth, the lens stays the same length.
In my opinion this lens is outstanding. The VR works great.

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5.0

Great performance, great bargain

By Ed from Chicago

from Chicago

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

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

    Great optical quality and decent build. Well worth the price.
    Lightweight, fast enough for most uses.
    Unless you really need f2.8 or faster or absolute prime type sharpness, then it's hard to beat this lens at these focal lengths.

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    • No

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    1.0

    Sharp AF-S 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G ED

    By Doglens

    from Scranton, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I bought this lens to take on a trip as my 24-120 is too heavy for my intended use with my Df, and the 24-85 iis even sharper. Both lens have distortion, but I love this one. Doubt you would be disappointed with it.

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    5.0

    Enough for daily use

    By Sherry

    from Troy, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I'm a new photographer. I use this 24-85 with D750, the image is sharp and the range is perfect for me. Haven't take advantage of the VR function yet.

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    5.0

    Nice lens

    By Cognoman

    from Southeast USA

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

    Nice lens for everyday use. Lightweight, sharp, fast and quiet autofocus

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens.

    By ThomasDidymus

    from Saint Augustine Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I use this lens more and more. Great wide shots as well as mid-telephoto and sharp as a tack at both ends.

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        5.0

        Super value for the $$

        By GoNikon

        from Mill Valley, Ca

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

        Very impressed with it's weight, VR effectiveness and image sharpness! Seems to be the best balance for all uses.

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        5.0

        Excellent choice for a compact, light mid-range zoom

        By Mark

        from Reykjavik, Iceland

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

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

          I purchased this lens to replace a broken ten-year-old 28-120 AF-S 3.5-5.6, and it's an unbelievably good replacement. Build quality is excellent and images are quite satisfactory compared to primes and professional zooms I use when I can carry a full kit.

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By Becky

          from NJ

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

          For the price... This lens can't be beat! I shot a lot of great photos for the company website with this lens

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Just what I needed

          By marcela

          from los angeles

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I bought this lens to travel, I usually use a 35mm for documentary photography but for my personal vacations I like to have the chance to not have to get really close or simply ask others to take a photo of my and knowing that they will be able to frame it easily.
          I used to have a 28-300 but it was too heavy and not wide enough for small places so this lens covers a perfect range for me, it´s light enough and the distortion at 24mm is not extreme, although I can see it.
          I wish it could work better in dark situations, but since it only goes down to 3.5 I had to pump up the ISO to much even when it was´t complete dark. I am a little concern about the durability since it does´t feel extremely strong but it was also not very expensive, so we´ll see with time.

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          5.0

          Great, Versatile Lens

          By Dr Pic

          from Phila., PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            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:

            This is a great, versatile lens. I used it at a wedding reception and another party and I have been very pleased. Good for wide angle and portrait shots.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            All in one goes wide

            By Chefjeff

            from Asheville, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Zoom Range

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            Nice all in one zoom for full frame Nikon bodies. I use mine on a D610. I like primes, they are so much lighter, but have found with vibration reduction carrying one lens works best. So I keep my camera set to aperture priority and to f8.0, the sweet spot for most lenses. Only down setting with this lens is it is a bit heavy.

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            (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent value and a sweet middle-of-the-road lens

            By Mike

            from CT

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Studio
              • Weddings/Events

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

              There's just something about this lens I really like. The best way I can put it is that it's "enough" for many types of photography. Compared to the pricey Nikon f/2.8 pro lenses, all of which I've owned or used, it's sharp enough, focuses quickly enough, and is much smaller and lighter. A great all-rounder.

              Pair this with a 50mm f/1.8 and you have a nice little kit that can handle many situations. I've thought about upgrading to the 24-120mm VR, but the added weight stops me every time... I enjoy a lightweight setup for my kind of work.

              Professionally, I've mainly done portraits, weddings, and food photography with this lens. I turn to speedlights with their AF assist lamps for dark wedding receptions and use strobes or natural light for food and portraits.

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              5.0

              AF-S Nikkor 24-85 lens

              By Lee, photographer?

              from Rehoboth, Delaware

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I have only used this lens for a few weeks but so far I love it. I did lots of research before making the purchase and it works as reviewed. I took it to a Capital Hill Rally recently and I am really happy with the photographs that it helped me capture, both distance and close up.

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                5.0

                Great walk around Lens

                By Rick

                from Wasilla Alaska

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Price

                Best Uses

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

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

                I got this instead of the more expensive version and althought I've only used it a few weeks its perfect on my D7000. I also like the fact I can keep it when I make the jump to FX body someday. I have used it for landscape work, studio work and doing some product macro work and its been a champ. If you need a well built high end and affordable lens check this out

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                5.0

                Nice lens

                By Nikki

                from Kelso, WA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                I am enjoying this lens so far. I took it out to a local old mill, and the pictures are so pretty. my only complaint is it is heavy.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It comes with Nikon d610. Best choice¡¡¡

                By cmelej

                from Antofagasta, Chile

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  It's my multipurpose lens.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  nice mid range zoom

                  By MartiMidwife

                  from burlington vt

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  great for out door functions - parties or weddings
                  not so great for low light indoor settings
                  love to be able to quickly go from wide angle to zoom.
                  perfect for me and my family type photo shoots.

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                  • Yes

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