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This lens is a winner,
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This review is from: Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Lens (Electronics)
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!