AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR review

September 8, 2012

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AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

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Is Nikon attempting to ease the passage of enthusiasts into its professional DSLR system with its new budget full-frame lens? We find out whether the 24-85mm does justice to the cameras. Read the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR review...

AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR review – Introduction:

Announced alongside a new 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR is an intriguing optic. Designed for DSLRs with a full-frame sensor, this budget offering is somewhat in contrast to the expensive professional lenses normally associated with Nikon’s professional DSLR range.

The 24-85mm focal length and f/3.5-4.5 aperture make this lens perfect for everyday use – in effect, a kit lens for a full-frame camera. Yet given the cost of the professional-level Nikon D4, and to a lesser extent the D800, most photographers spending that much money on a camera would be more likely to opt for the tried-and-tested Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8.

It would seem, then, that Nikon is trying to make entry into its full-frame (FX-format) DSLR range more affordable. The question is, are those who demand the best image quality from their cameras going to be happy with this less expensive lens?

  • Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Diaphragm Blades: 7-blade aperture
  • Weight: 465g
  • Max diameter x length: 78 x 82mm
  • Min Aperture: f/22-29
  • RRP: 519
  • Max Aperture: f/3.5-4.5

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