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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2005
This lens is probably the best lens I own. It focuses fast and it is very sharp.

Even professional photographers say that it is one of the best lenses and reasonably priced.

Ken Rockwell wrote, "This is a tiny, fun and easy-to-use cheesy plastic zoom lens that is also the best performing midrange zoom I've ever used!" See his webpage here:

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Thom Hogan wrote, "I was prepared to be disappointed with this lens. Instead, I've decided to keep in my bag and use it regularly." See his webpage here:

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After reading all the reviews I could find, I decided this lens had to be worth a serious look. I bought it and have been happy with it from day one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2006
I, like the the previous reviewer, also read Ken Rockwell's comments, and they led me to this lens.

No disappointments here. I'm a 30-year veteran who was just seeking a basic lens to keep on my Nikon D70. I also use the Tokina 12-24 f/4.0 (fantastic) and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 (don't sell this little guy short!), and now seek a longer tele-zoom to complement these other lenses.

The Nikon 24-85mm is sharp, fast and light. Not the most sturdily-built lens in the world, but the key for me was that I knew what I was getting when I purchased it - and therefore, no disappointment.

Looking for an all-purpose lens to keep on your camera body at all times? You've found it here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2007
I purchased this lens because I wanted the best performing glass I could get within my budget; I also needed a bit more range and IQ than the 18-55mm kit lens I got with my Nikon D80.

After reading many favorable reviews of the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AutoFocus Zoom Nikkor Lens, I decided to give it a try and could not be happier with it's performance, indeed I am pleasantly surprised with it's image quality every time I use it.

It has been called "pro-quality glass that Nikon mistakenly put in a plastic body" but I find it feels as solid as most kit lenses today.

It is just the right size for a walk-about lens not big yet balances well on cameras like the D80; the auto-focus is fast and silent. Between the focal lengths of 35-60mm its as sharp as many prime lenses.

The only issue I have notice with this lens is some purple fringing on very high contrast subjects areas, but considering the otherwise excellent performance/cost ratio I can work around that minor problem.

I would recommend a good quality uv/hase filter such as the B & W 67mm UV (Ultra Violet) Haze Multi Coated (2C) Glass Filter #010 or Hoya 67mm DMC PRO1 Digital Multi-Coated UV (Ultra Violet) Filter. to protect the front element, as it is quite large and close to the front end of the lens even with the supplied hood attached.

BTW, if you are thinking of upgrading to a full frame (FX) format digital camera in the future this lens will also work on that body or with most newer Nikon 35mm slr's for that matter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2007
I own a beleaguerded Kodak 14n SLR. Besides tack-sharp, bone tingling, full frame 14 megapixels perfect images at 80 ASA, it has so many quirks and peculiarities, it pretty much singlehandedly made Kodak abandon making professional SLRs. But this lens solved two problems; red blob went away, and so did Italian flag (K-pro owners will know what I'm talking about). And on other Nikon cameras it's just great, sharp lens, although not enough of wide angle on APS-sized-frame Nikons (24mm becomes 36mm) - but on the other hand 85mm becomes almost 130mm, totally awesome for portraits. Too bad it's discontinued, or so I heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2007
This was my workhorse lens for nearly two years. It's good points are as follows:

Very sharp
Fast and silent AF-S autofocus
Apertures of 3.5-4.5 do make a difference, and I took many shots I couldn't with a slower lens.
Nice color rendition, really no complaints about quality

Of course there area few negatives:

24-85MM isn't much of a zoom range, and is more like 36-125 on an APS sized sensor(D200, D70, etc.) Full frame (D700) is it what it is.

A fair amount of distortion, so you wouldn't use is for architectural photos, but for landscapes it's great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2009
I bought my D80 12 months ago. The Tamron 28-75 2,8f came with it, which I returned after 200 test shots due to low contrast and serious missing sharpness. I used my ~20 years old 37-70mm 'til June when I bought this one. Since I am more then happy. The 24-85 mm is what it is, the 2,8 is in daily life more a 3,5. This lense is sharp, fast, bright, perfect in handling, delivers perfect images. I own some older Nikon lenses as my 1st SLR was a Nikon, this is my No1-all-day lense. All other is to blame at the person using the lense ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was my very first AF-S zoom... and it got me addicted to the line. Don't be fooled by the plastic look of this lens: the optics are great, but would be even greater if the distortion at the wide end were a bit less noticeable. However, at a maximum aperture of f3.5, this lens (especially, like in my case, with fast film) performs in most environments and conditions. Besides, it's small (compared to other zooms), has a fast and quiet AF with any Nikon body, and does deliver good colors and sharp outlines. There may be other types of lens with additional features, but this one, with its closest focusing distance of just a few inches, works in all environments and for almost any purpose.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
Very pleased that I received exactly what I ordered with full warranty, not a Gray market item. The lens is a great compliment to my Nikon SLR; focus is quick, quiet and sharp. Highly recommend. Price was great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
Great lens and works well on the D90, why on there when it is a full frame lens? Because soon I'm saving up for a D600 but until then I wanted a sharp lens to tie me over. I'm so happy I did, I trust doing my wedding shoots, senior shoots and concert shots with this lens. I would not recommend it if you're a hobby photographer. You can get an affordable prime (50mm) lens that's quicker and more sharper, for about $100 less. I would highly recommend this over the 18-105 mm, only because I have both and the 18-105 is not as sharp and not as fast, plus depending who you find to buy from, it's also $10 up to $60 more. You might say that's because of the VR, but if you are shooting with a tripod, and shooting with high ISO's to get fast shutter speeds, you don't need the VR. You'll might want it for video, but a long story short ( sorry if this was long already ) you'll be happy with this lens. Have a great day everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
This is a very versatil and well made lens that is rated sharper than the newer version boasting an f2.8 lens. By purchasing this zoom lens used from Japan the price was a real bargain and the delivery was in three days; pretty amazing. I teach college level Digital Photography and I always stress the used lens bargains on Amazon because unlike a camera, a lens is a pretty basic commodity and unless scratched and abused, they work as well as new, but for much cheaper. This 24-85mm is a great all-purpous basic lens that, combined with a 70-300 or better 80-400mm lens is all the equipment you'll need!
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