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

BH #NI248528DAF • MFR #1929
Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Integrated Coating
A simple yet sophisticated standard zoom, the AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF from Nikon is a wide-angle to portrait-length zoom well-suited to a wide variety of shooting applications. The optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations in order to render greater sharpness and clarity. A Super Integrated Coating has also been applied to minimize reflections and flare for increased contrast when working in backlit and harsh lighting. The lens's internal focusing AF system affords quick and precise control, and manual focus adjustment is also available. Additionally, a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality to suit shallow depth of field techniques.
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Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Overview

A simple yet sophisticated standard zoom, the AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF from Nikon is a wide-angle to portrait-length zoom well-suited to a wide variety of shooting applications. The optical design incorporates a pair of aspherical elements to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations in order to render greater sharpness and clarity. A Super Integrated Coating has also been applied to minimize reflections and flare for increased contrast when working in backlit and harsh lighting. The lens's internal focusing AF system affords quick and precise control, and manual focus adjustment is also available. Additionally, a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality to suit shallow depth of field techniques.

Standard zoom is designed for FX-format F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 36-127.5mm.
Bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture range suits working in low-light and also offers increased control over depth of field.
Two aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion in order to realize sharp imagery with accurate rendering.
A Super Integrated Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Internal focusing AF system is compatible with select Nikon DSLRs that support D-type lenses, and offers quick and precise focusing performance.

Autofocus is not supported by DSLRs lacking an autofocus motor, such as the D3000-series, D5000-series, D40, D40X, and D60, where the lens may be used with manual focus only.
At the 85mm focal length position, a maximum magnification of 1:2 with a minimum focusing distance of 7.9" is available for working with close-up subjects.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.

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

Focal Length
24 to 85mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 to 4
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Nikon F
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
84° to 28° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance
7.87" / 20 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio
1:2
Optical Design
15 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus (with Nikon Cameras That Have an Autofocus Motor)
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.09 x 3.25" / 78.5 x 82.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension
4.82" / 122.43 mm
Weight
1.2 lb / 545 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8 x 4.6 x 4.5"

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

Nice

By Narayana
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-01

good

Great lens to have.

By Ronald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-09

The lens worked just as I hoped it would. It gives me great results for sporting events in most gyms. It's a great all-around lens to have. Ideal when you have to quickly grab your camera for the shot you don't want to miss. I have it on my camera most of the time.

Incredibly nice and sharp.

By Cygnus Studios
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-11

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.

Ok but there are better lens for the money

By GTO1965
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2016-02-16

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.

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

By Aram
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-08-06

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

I made a goodbpurchase

By Sarah E
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-05-19

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.

I Was Given This Lens With A D50

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-21

This lens is very awesome in its capabilities. Mine came with a Nikon D50 someone gave to me for free. It made the D50 a powerhouse in every type of photo I could take with it. I have no intentions of getting rid of this lens!

Good lens but vignetting is a problem

By Jim
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-20

Sharp images edge to edge except at its widest focal lengths. There you get a little vignetting and lose part of the image.

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question

what are the advantages or disadvanteges between the newer 24to85 3.5/4.5 vr lens to this one? I know vr advantages, and it seems people like this 2.8/4.0 for its sharpness. what are your recommendations. thank you.
Asked by: Anonymous
The D version has an f/stop ring. This allows the lens with the use of a lens adapter to have f/stop function on other brand cameras.Besides VR the biggest difference in the D version lens is it does not have a built in focus motor. Many Nikon DSLR cameras will not autofocus without the lens having a focus motor. The Nikon brand lenses that have a focus motor built in are called AF-S.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I still have Nikon film cameras, being a FM3A and ...

I still have Nikon film cameras, being a FM3A and a F100. Only use Nikkor primes on the FM3A, but was wondering how this lens would function on the F100?
Asked by: Robert
Nikon has championed the F mount since 1959, The Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens will not only fit on the F100, it will auto focus sharply and auto expose well with it too. Goo luck.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2019-01-31

Does this lense focus quickly for indoor sports, ...

Does this lense focus quickly for indoor sports, basketball volleyball?
Asked by: Dana
This is an auto focus lens. How fast it focuses will depend on the speed of the AF system for the camera it is using.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-04-07

question

Would the aperture ring work if this was attached to a sony a7s ii via a fotodiox with built in nd?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the aperture ring could be used even when attached to the FotodioX Vizelex Pro ND Throttle Lens Mount Adapter for Nikon F-Mount Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera.http://bhpho.to/1T904dX
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Is it better than AF-S DX nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6g ed VR ii lens?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Nikon 24-85mm f2.8-4D lens is an excellent lens. It is very sharp and has a very effective macro feature to it. It is sharper than the Nikon 18-200mm lens but obviously has a shorter overall zoom range.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

I currently have the D90 and am wondering about the performance with this camera. I also am anticipating upgrading soon to a D800e and want to know if it will work well with that camera as well since I cannot afford to buy all new lenses.
Asked by: Anonymous
This is an older lens, but it is a good lens. Optically it is very sharp and it is fully compatible with both the D90 and the larger sensor D800e camera.
Answered by: Matthew C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Will this work with NIKON FM3A?

Will this work with NIKON FM3A?
Asked by: Philippe
Yes Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens is compatible with Nikon FM3A. It is manual focus only.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2023-02-22

question

It is a good lense for Nikon 600 ?Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes it is. It is a very sharp lens with excellent color rendition and contrast, and the macro feature from 35-85mm is sweet to work with when doing weddings or nature work etc. Overall it is a very versatile lens.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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