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

(based on 93 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (57)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (53)
  • Consistent output (48)
  • Easily interchangeable (35)
  • Durable (31)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Slow focus (6)
  • Distortion (5)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (61)
  • Weddings (25)
  • Low light (21)
  • Wildlife photos (12)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (82)

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

 

Great Lens but Zoom Ring Very Tight

I got this lens from B&H and tested out on a D7000 Nikon body. I don't have FX yet. It's very sharp but watch out for a very stiff zoom ring (too...Read complete review

I got this lens from B&H and tested out on a D7000 Nikon body. I don't have FX yet. It's very sharp but watch out for a very stiff zoom ring (too stiff). This was the case with my copy. I am sending mine in for an exchange. Nikon both by phone and email support says that the zoom ring should not be that tight. It's tighter than any lens I've ever bought and I've bought many Nikon lenses. I hope that the replacement has no decentering or zoom problems. Quality control in this case seems to be a shot in the dark with this lens, judging froom previous review here and my experience. If I get a good copy I'll be really happy with it. Resolution in my first copy was superb. Hope the replacement does not disappoint.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Irconx

from New York City

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • 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:

    Great walk around lens and travel. I'm a casual/Enthusiast and don't really need top tier lens at this moment.

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    5.0

    GREAT ALL AROUND LENS

    By RONIEMAN

    from LANSING MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      GREAT WALK AROUND LENS OUTDOORS OR INDOORS. WORKS WELL WITH MY NEW D610.

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      5.0

      Excellent Std Zoom

      By Girl In Camo

      from Bristol, TN

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I use this lens on my D610 and it's my go-to lens. I've not nothing negative to say about it, images are clear and crisp. I'm mostly landscape photography and it meets my needs most of the time.

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By Nikonfan

          from New Jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

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

            Love this lens. Tack sharp, right focus length range for indoors. Smaller than my 28-300mm and sharper, too!

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            4.0

            Outstanding

            By JAMESc

            from Atlanta

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Distortion

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Walk-around

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

            I have 24-70/2.8g but its size and weight limits its everyday use. Picked up this lens mainly for its relatively small size and weight. Too my surprise this lens performs much more than what I expected initially. It's super sharp by f/9 - there is no difference in sharpness between the two. The zoom right on my copy is little tight between 24mm and 35mm but my 24-70 had even tighter zoom right throughout. My 24-70/2.8 has better distortion control; but, distortion can be corrected if you shoot digital and do post. I use this lens for both still and motion.

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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

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            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

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              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

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                  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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                    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A perfect carry around lens

                    By Maggie

                    from NYC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    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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                        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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                        (14 of 14 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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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  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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