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.
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.
- 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
- DX, FX
- Lens bag
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