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Nikon Zoom Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S Review

nikon 24-85 F/3.5-4.5G

January 2007

A big surprise when it was introduced, featuring ED-IF AF-S in a consumer lens, many thought this was just another plastic unusable lens. This lens actually works allot better then what it costs. Giving you sharp images, and featuring 1 ED element, IF and AF-S, for fast focusing.


Lens Construction: 15 Elements in 12 groups (1 ED)
Picture Angle: 84° 30-28° 30 (35mm/FX)
Minimum focus distance: / ft
Filter Size: 67mm.
Lens Hood: HB-28.
Included accessories: Front lens cap
Rear lens cap LF-1
Size: Approx.

2.9 x 2.9in

weight: 14.3 oz (415 g).
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Price from: discontinued


  • Sharp. Gives weary sharp images from f/5.6
  • Cheap. Once again you can get good lenses for a reasonable buck.
  • Features. you get all the bells and whistles on this lens, except VR
  • Focus. Good AF speed.


  • DOF. No depth of field markings, seems to be standard these days, a bad standard IMO.
  • G design. No aperture ring
  • Build. when u zoom to 85mm the extension of the lens wobbles.
  • Variable aperture. f/3.5-4.5
  • Zoom and Focus. The zoom and focus ring are reversed on this lens.


This lens is highly recommendable, it is a better lens on a FF camera then a DX camera(awkward zoom range on a DX camera). Second hand you probably want to stay clear of this lens. Get one of these lenses new, and you get yourself a cheap but good lens. Only major drawback will be the variable aperture.

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Nikon AF 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D IF. From: $679.95 USD

Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF Price From: $1,649.95 USD

Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR. From: $529.95 USD

*Prices and rebates are subject to change. Listed price is from July 21, 2009

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