Nikon 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR

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The Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR is a low-cost, everyday zoom lens for both FX and DX sensor cameras. The aperture range gives you plenty of speed for shooting in daylight conditions, while the built-in VR II stabilization allows you to handhold shots up to four f-stops lower (according to Nikon).

By utilizing three aspherical and one ED elements, the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 provides high image quality with minimum optical aberrations. A 7-blade rounded aperture provides smooth, blurred backgrounds, especially useful for portrait shooting. This is an internal focusing lens which also allows for the 1.25ft close focusing distance. The lens features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, providing silent operation during both still and video shooting. When autofocus isn’t needed, the 24-85mm has an AF/MF switch for quick manual focus adjustments.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

I know what you’re thinking: Roger’s going to trash another $600 Nikon variable aperture zoom. Not so fast! In this case, I’m actually going to praise it a bit. First of all, this one will cover an FX as well as a DX lens. It’s also quite sharp in the center, so it makes nice portraits and street shots with centered subjects. And stopped down to f/8, it’s actually good in DX corners and adequate on an FX. Plus, the VR is good enough that you can stop down and still get sharp hand-held images. Given all that, along with a nice zoom range, it’s a pretty good choice for a walk-around lens and a big step up from a kit lens.
May, 2013

Filter Size
72mm (nonrotating)
Maximum: f/3.5 – 4.5 Minimum: f/22 – 29
1.05 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
1.25 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
84° – 28°
Zoom method
Front, barrel extends, nonrotating
Image Stabilization
VR II – 4 stops (according to Nikon)
Focusing System
Internal, Silent Wave motor, AF/MF switch
Aperture Blades
7, circular
Low Dispersion Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Nikon F
  • Hood
  • Lens bag


  • Nikon 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Diagram
  • Nikon 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Diagram

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3 days $6.00 $27.00 $33.00 $11.00
4 days $6.00 $29.00 $35.00 $8.75
7 days $8.00 $39.00 $47.00 $6.71
10 days $11.00 $53.00 $64.00 $6.40
14 days $14.00 $68.00 $82.00 $5.86
21 days $19.00 $92.00 $111.00 $5.29
30 days $24.00 $115.00 $139.00 $4.63
45 days $31.00 $150.00 $181.00 $4.02
60 days $36.00 $176.00 $212.00 $3.53
90 days $46.00 $226.00 $272.00 $3.02
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $27.00 $9.00
4 days $29.00 $7.25
7 days $39.00 $5.57
10 days $53.00 $5.30
14 days $68.00 $4.86
21 days $92.00 $4.38
30 days $115.00 $3.83
45 days $150.00 $3.33
60 days $176.00 $2.93
90 days $226.00 $2.51

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