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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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  • Engineered for Nikon FX-format D-SLRs
  • Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
  • 1 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Element
  • Silent Wave Motor
  • Internal Focusing
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Product Description

Product Description

Optical formula optimized for use with Nikon FX-format digital SLRs, provides sharp and high contrast images and HD video from infinity to close up. 36 -127.5mm focal length equivalent when mounted on DX-format D-SLR.

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Advanced and versatile FX-format standard zoom with VR II image stabilization.
Covering a versatile wide angle to medium telephoto zoom range, the new AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR delivers noticeably sharper photos and HD videos thanks to Nikon's second-generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II). Shoot at shutter speeds up to 4-times slower than would otherwise be possible for greater low-light capability, and enjoy the benefits of Vibration Reduction during HD video recording—even when using a tripod.

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Vibration Reduction

Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

Nikon Silent Wave Motor

Nikon Silent Wave Motor
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

Manual Auto Mode

M/A Focus Mode Switch
When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring—M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.

Aspherical Lens Elements

AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.

Super Integrated Coating

Super Integrated Coating
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.

Extra-Low Dispersion Glass

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion Glass)
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

IF Lens

IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

Product Details

User Manual [3.99mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.1 x 3.1 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B008B14TQ6
  • Item model number: 2204
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at June 12, 2012

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241 of 249 people found the following review helpful By Gatorowl on July 10, 2012
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When Nikon released this lens, most of the websites called it a nice consumer-grade lens, but a lens that was unsuitable for a D800/D800E. For Nikon since the mid-2000s, FX zoom lenses have been notorious for their compromises. The pro-grade zoom lenses like the 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm are huge bulky beasts that weigh a ton, don't easily fit into a compact carrying case, and cost a minor fortune (somewhat north of $2000 each). Lesser lenses like the 16-35mm and 24-120mm are slower--f4 instead of f2.8--, provide noticeably inferior IQ (but still quite good), for about 40% off--still north of $1000--, and are still quite bulky. In many cases it was hard to rationalize stepping down to one of these mid-grade lenses when getting a good-quality used pro-grade alternative could be had for just $500-$600 more.

Now, enter the 24-85mm at $600. It weighs comparatively little, and its size (and, unfortunately, feel) are reminiscent more of a cheap DX kit lens than the built-like-a-tank FX zooms Nikon had been releasing. So, is this lens essentially an FX version of the DX kit lenses, or could it actually be something rather special? My answer to both question is, definitely "yes." It is almost certainly slated to be the kit lens for the forthcoming "affordable" D600 FX camera, and "yes" it is indeed special.

In this review, I focus on the IQ. Others have covered the feel and ergonomics, so I have little to add to what they have said. Instead I tested this lens against four other lenses: the 14-24mm, the 28mm 1.8G, the 50mm 1.8G, and the 85mm 1.8G. My test camera was the D800E. I took all test shots hand-held. Therefore, if you want a scientifically verifiable test, look to the professional reviewers.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Coronet Blue VINE VOICE on July 4, 2012
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It's pretty difficult to make a zoom that covers both wide angle and telephoto and is good at both. The Nikon 24-70 does this, for $1800 and by limiting the range to 70mm. The other options that come to mind (I've owned them all) are the Nikon 24-120, Canon 24-70 and Canon 24-105. With the exception of the Nikon 24-70 which big, heavy, expensive and limited in range, the main strength of these lenses is convenience, which is a polite way of saying they're good but not stellar. The situation with this new Nikon 24-85 is much the same--but for far less money(!)

I'm pleased with this lens. Using a D700, it's good at all focal lengths. There's no need to stop down at 85mm but at 24mm things definitely improve starting around 5.6. I found f/7.1 looked the best to me. A few things to note. The front element is really exposed so if you don't have anything 72mm laying around, I'd suggest getting a filter asap. The rear element is out there too, but I guess we'll just have to be careful there. Zooming is a little stiff (I have 2 of these lenses, both the same). This seems to be because the "gearing" of the zoom is such that going from 24mm to 35mm is just a few degrees of turn so this adjustment is a little coarse. All that stuff is minor, but you should know that like all other wide-tele zooms there is a lot of distortion at both ends. A lot. I don't know if Nikon has provided any corrections for this yet. Anyway, if you shoot a sunset, it won't matter. But if you shoot a sunset through a window, I'd try to set the lens around 28-30mm which seems to be where it switches from barrel to pincushion. The VR works well, although it seems to take a little longer to engage than with the 16-35VR.

So that's why no 5 stars.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Thejohnz on July 9, 2012
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I was like many folks who wanted a good mid range zoom for the newest breed of Nikon FX cameras but felt the 24-70 to expensive,big and no VR, the 24-120 overpriced relative to the expected quality, and the remaining kit lenses not up to current standards. I have the D800 and thought I would give the 24-85 a test. I am so glad I did. I already owned the 24mm f2.8 prime, the 50 mm f1.8 prime, the 14-24 f2.8 and the 70-200 f2.8 so I did some sharpness tests using all of the above.

The results were surprising to say the least.

At 24mm focal length, this lens out performed the 14-24 and the 24mm F2.8 in the center and in the corners. The 24-85 was sharp in the center at F4 and by F8 the corners also became sharp. Yes, this lens has barrel distortion but that can be corrected for. Very low CA's, and not much flare. Color saturation very good as well.

At 50mm focal length this lens performed very well against the 50mm f1.8. Though not ever quite catching up to this prime lens, by f8 it got very close.

At 70mm performance was down when compared to the 70-200 F2.8 but still pretty good considering the price difference between this lens and the 70-200. If you are careful in setting your aperture, you will get very sharp results with the D800. Adding the VR into the mix makes this lens a keeper. I will be selling the 24mm F2.8 on Ebay!

I travel extensively, and the light weight of this lens will be greatly appreciated. The VR will more than make up for the smaller apertures and frankly, large apertures are far more useful on telephoto lenses where backgrounds often need to be out of focus. I never saw a great need for f2.8 on wide angle lenses. My experience says go for VR to get sharper photos under trying conditions.

Sharpness is the one thing you cannot fix in post processing. Get this lens!
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