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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- Wide to telephoto 3.5x zoom lens ideal for landscape, full-length portraits, travel and portrait photographs
- Nine-blade rounded diaphragm achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements
- Hybrid and molded-glass aspherical lens elements for higher optical performance
- Fast f2.8 maximum aperture at 24mm focal length
- Provides maximum 1:2 reproduction ratio from 35 to 85mm
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-25|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 3.11 x 3.27 inches|
|Item Display Weight||540 grams|
|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.50 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.76 pounds|
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Dimensions||3.11 inches x 3.27 inches x 3.11 inches||3.07 inches x 3.23 inches x 3.07 inches||3.5 inches x 3.74 inches x 3.5 inches||3.27 inches x 5.24 inches x 3.27 inches|
|Item Weight||1.2 pounds||1.07 pounds||1.74 pounds||1.98 pounds|
|Lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Aperture||2.8||3.5 f||2.8 f||2.8|
|Max Focal Length||85 mm||85 mm||70 mm||70 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm|
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From the Manufacturer
AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The 17-35mm f2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens is a wide to telephoto 3.5x zoom lens ideal for landscape, full-length portraits, travel and portrait photographs. With a fast f2.8 maximum aperture at 24mm focal length, it provides a maximum 1:2 reproduction ratio from 35 to 85mm. Hybrid and molded-glass aspherical lens elements provide higher optical performance, while the nine-blade rounded diaphragm achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements. Filter attachment does not rotate during focusing or zooming.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon's multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.
Aspherical lens elements
Nikon introduced the first photographic lens with aspherical lens elements in 1968. What sets them apart? Aspherical lenses virtually eliminate the problem of coma and other types of lens aberration--even when used at the widest aperture. They are particularly useful in correcting the distortion in wide-angle lenses. In addition, use of aspherical lenses contributes to a lighter and smaller lens design. Nikon employs three types of aspherical lens elements. Precision-ground aspherical lens elements are the finest expression of lens-crafting art, demanding extremely rigorous production standards. Hybrid lenses are made of a special plastic molded onto optical glass. Molded glass aspherical lenses are manufactured by molding a unique type of optical glass using a special metal die technique.
Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon's IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance. In addition, a smaller and lighter focusing lens group is employed to ensure faster focusing. The IF system is featured in most Nikkor telephoto and selected Nikkor zoom lenses.
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70.
What's in the Box:
Lens, 72mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, bayonet hood HB-25.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is not quite as sharp as my 24-70mm f/2.8, when wide open, but when stopped down one stop, it is tach sharp. It is also much lighter which helps a lot at a long event, and it has more reach, making it great for parties and receptions.
It autofocuses very quickly with the screw drive in the camera, and I never miss any action shots due to focus lag. It won't focus on some of the low-end Nikon DSLRs because they lack the drive screw.
I don't recommend this lens for DX cameras, because 24mm is not usually wide enough on DX for many reception and party shots. In my opinion, the 16-85mm VR DX or even the 18-70 DX lens would be a better choice for a DX camera.
The 24-85mm is also a very nice light weight travel lens for an FX camera.
The lens is fast and sharp. It renders colors well. I do find some lens flare apparent without a standard UV filter -- buy one. A tiffen UV filter, for example, will set you back 20 dollars, and is worth it. Note that the lens hood on this lens is pretty much useless. It doesn't stay latched, and is more bother than it is worth. I have long ago stopped using lens hoods on my lenses -- using your hand for shading the three times out of 1000 that you might need a hood does the trick just as well.
The fast 2.8 aperture speed allows for creative shots, and it's generally usable along it's entire 2.8 -4 low-end aperture range.
For Full-frame cameras, this is a dream lens. It is sharper and faster than the 24-120 VR kit lens, and it doesn't need the VR at these speeds. It is also light, and makes for a great travel lens. I do a lot of event shooting, and it's great to use this small lens -- while the 24-70 2.8 is the current top of the line standard zoom for Nikon, it also costs three times as much, does not have a Micro function (NIkon's name for macro) and weighs three times as much. The 24-85 is much better for extended walk-around shooting, be it landscapes, everyday shots, or events.
You will not be disappointed with this lens -- though you might still crave that 24-70 2.8 in the longrun.
So what am I getting at? Well, this lens is a great lens. Nikon never marketed it as a "Pro" lens. It was more of a "Pro-sumer" lens. A consumer lens with pro aspects, such as f2.8, and great glass. The consumer aspect meant, lots of plastic to make it light and manageable, the very useful macro mode, and the more than reasonable asking price! The downside of the consumer side meant...well, lots of plastic (such as the mount); the macro mode; while useful for 90% of macro shots, isn't 1:1 which some of my colleagues will balk at (not me), and an f2.8 that turns to f4 by 85mm. Yes, its a trade off but worth it when its now only 25% the cost of the professional 24-70 f2.8!Read more ›
The sharpness, the contrast, the versility, the handling (no "turning front part"), the weight on the D80 body is perfect to me. It is exact what I was looking for and did not find with the Tamron. I am fully satisfied with this lense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of Nikon's worst lenses. Terrible distortion around the edges on wide open shots. Great macro lens though.Published 26 days ago by ache_75
For the price this is a GREAT lens. Very versatile. I use it with my D610 as a walk-around lens and it provides sharp, clear pictures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by HarloweThrombey
The worst lens ever, don't waste your money, u can't do any thing even with extensive photoshop work, this les give a PINKISH tone to the skin but when in shot a landscape the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by sandal
This lens is disappointing. None of the photographs are in focus, everything is soft. Such a waste of money.Published 9 months ago by Tarryn Martin
By using the lens I noticed it did not focus well , at first I thought it was my fault, but when I continued testing, I realized it was lens issue. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eduardo Hernández