Summary: This is a terrific lens. Before this lens I guess I never owned a Nikkor lens with that shiny golden ring, meaning this was my first "professional grade" lens by Nikkor. I rented this lens for a workshop I had as a gift from my future father-in-law... Anyway, let me to get to the point straight. This lens is incredibly sharp, and bokeh is very nice and "creamy" as many people say, and color rendition is just like my taste. Golden grass glows golden with this lens.
A great lens to have for FX sensor nikons without over budget.
2 October 2014
Summary: Supper wide on a FX sensor camera, sharp focus with shallow dept of field at f2.8 @ 24mm. I'm happy with this lens. The downside being the weight when compare to a DX lens, also 24-85mm sometimes seem a bit short focus for me.
Excerpt: Purchased in 2004 and used with my F100. Currently used with a D800. I have taken many existing / low light indoor pictures with it while travelling with excellent results (ISO 100 color film) and even a few great sunsets in Hawaii. With the D800 I have photographed my wife's flowers for note cards and the Macro setting has been great to have. I do not take it off unless I have a specific need for a telephoto.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged
Summary: This lens is a heavy pro lens. If you want a lens to carry around your neck for vacation photos don't get this lens, but if your pro, or semi pro this is an excellent lens. It's just as sharp as the newer 24-70 except half the price. Most models have an af squeak however most sellers don't put that in the description. Most of the time this isn't a problem but sometimes the af motor will fail and you will need to get the af motor replaced.