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...

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

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


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Although the suggested retail price for the Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens is £519, it can be bought for as little as £429. This is a good price for a basic zoom lens designed for a full-frame DSLR. While there are compromises that come with a lens of this price, they are easily overcome, and the centre sharpness of the lens is very good, as is the optical image stabilisation.

Although this optic will not appeal to many professionals, it would seem that Nikon is attempting to make ownership of an FX-format DSLR more affordable. It would therefore be no surprise to see this 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 optic bundled as a kit lens with an affordable full-frame DSLR in the future.

The 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR may not be the greatest zoom lens ever made, but it is a good option for those enthusiasts looking for an affordable lens to pair with their full-frame Nikon DSLR.


Construction:16 elements in 11 groups
Filter size:72mm
Diaphragm Blades:7-blade aperture
Max diameter x length:78 x 82mm
Min Aperture:f/22-29
Max Aperture:f/3.5-4.5
  1. 1. AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR review - Introduction:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Image quality
  5. 5. Our verdict
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