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

(based on 78 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (49)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (45)
  • Consistent output (41)
  • Easily interchangeable (29)
  • Durable (26)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (52)
  • Weddings (21)
  • Low light (15)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
  • Video (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (24), Pro photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice lens

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

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

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Nikon 24-85mm f 3.5-4.5 VR

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

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

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5.0

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

By Rom

from Seattle

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Barrel distortion

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

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

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

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5.0

Under-rated lens for landscapes

By Alex, yes a runner and professor

from Milwaukee, WI

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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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            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

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            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

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • CA
            • Distortion

            Best Uses

            • General photography
            • Landscape/Scenery

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

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

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

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

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

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            5.0

            Nikon 24 to 85

            By Kathy

            from South Carolina

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

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

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            5.0

            Excellent General Purpose Lens

            By BAY

            from Atlanta, GA

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

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

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                  5.0

                  Super sharp lens

                  By Sudhanshu

                  from Mumbai India

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

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

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                  5.0

                  I like it!

                  By grasshopper651

                  from Keller, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

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

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                    4.0

                    Nice Glass!

                    By Greenie

                    from Salem, Ohio

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

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

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                      4.0

                      Good FX lens for Travel

                      By p6design

                      from Los Gatos, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Good sharpness
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Distortion

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Like many of us, I read a few reviews of this lens before the purchase. It was said to be sharp, good VR, good zoom range for travel, loaded with distortion and some light fall-off. At the end I decided to go with this lens knowing its limitations. To me the the good-enough image quality, weight, price-peformance are my key criteria for a travel lens.

                      I used this lens to complement my Zeiss 28mm f/2 on a trip to Europe. To reduce light fall-off and increase overall sharpness, I typically use f/8 or smaller aperture compensate by higher ISO and/or lower shutter speed. Thanks to D600 and VR, I got great results. The pinchcushion distortion is annoying, but I am able to do some level of correction in LR4 but not completely eliminate the distortion. Filter size is 72mm which is not common. I put on a 72-77 stepup ring and use 77mm filters (and 77mm lens cap). It works well for me. VR is very good. I am able to get a stable shot at 1/10 or even slower speed. As I said, I want to use small aperture wherever possible.

                      Obviously this lens is no match with the Zeiss 28mm resolution and micro contrast, but it is what it is for its price. It is not perfect, but it does well overall in my opinion.

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                      5.0

                      Happy now & shooting on DX body

                      By Greg

                      from Pittsburgh

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

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

                      First copy of this lens I received was back-focusing, but B&H customer service was great on making an exchange. The new lens is focusing properly and is sharp,sharp, sharp. I bought this lens with an eye towards moving up to an FX camera at some point, but in the interim it's a good match with my D3200. It's a decent upgrade from the 18-55 that came with the camera. It could be a little better in low light, overall I'm very happy with it.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By JohnS

                      from Highlands Ranch, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraiture

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

                        When I bought my D610 I nearly spent the extra $500 for a Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 lens. I decided on the Nikon simply because of the cost - I'll get a better lens later. I was very surprised at the overall quality of this lens. Sharp, nice heft, feels well built. Focuses fast. The images it helps produce are just beautiful. This has got to be the best kit lens out there - and I've used a few over the years!

                        Don't hesitate to get one if you're in the market for a medium zoom like this. It's marvelous!

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                        5.0

                        Excellent lense

                        By Garnetta

                        from Missouri

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I've been very impressed with the quality of this lense.

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                            4.0

                            i like it

                            By ktuspel

                            from ECUADOR

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              i really love it

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                              5.0

                              Great lens

                              By Jorge

                              from New York City

                              About Me Photography Student

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Difficult to Clean

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              Great lens to use daily.

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                              5.0

                              Don't Be Fool by words kit lens

                              By E

                              from Baldwin, NY.

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              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:

                                I was little on fence about getting this lens but glad I got off the fence. I'm not sure why its' called kit lens. This is one of Nikon best kept secrets the price what a steal.Its' perfect for my D7000 the lens is solid. I use it for everything except for sports which I use telephoto lens Nikon 80-40mm

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                                4.0

                                Best Kit Lens

                                By Jakob I

                                from Holbaek, Denmark

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                                Pros

                                • Inexpensive
                                • Lightweight
                                • Vesatile

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                General. Landscape. Portrait. Cityscape. Inexpensive Kitlens. Very sharp. Good value. Needs higher ISO in poor light.

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                                4.0

                                good lens

                                By photogal

                                from Oscoda, MI

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                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Group Shots Of Cast

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

                                wanted a wide angle with some telephoto . Wish I could have afforded a more expensive one with more telephoto capabilities, but it would have been too heavy. This worked out fine.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Portrait Landscape Lens

                                By Allan

                                from Riverview, Fl

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  Excellent lens for Portrait and Landscape shots

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