Reviews and Problems with Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S
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REVIEW: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens Review
17 June 2013
Excerpt: Handling and features Performance Verdict Specification A standard zoom for FX format DSLRs covering wide angle to telephoto focal lengths without the size, weight or cost of f/2.8 equivalents. This lens costs around £520 and includes Nikon's second generation VR system and silent focusing with full time manual focus override. Can it really compete for quality with Nikon's professional lenses? We'll find out in this review.
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Excerpt: Launched in June 2012 and now a kit lens for the Nikon D600, this full-frame 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G AF-S ED VR ($597, street) is Nikon’s third version of its 24–85mm lens and the first with Vibration Reduction. It has one element of expensive low-dispersion (ED) glass, three aspherical elements, a weather-resistant O-ring around the lensmount, Nikon’s SWM autofocus motor, and the M/A “manual-priority” mode that allows for manual-focus touchup when the lens is set to...
Excerpt: A model with 24-70 mm f/2.8 parameters can be called a standard full frame journalistic lens. Such a lens is featured in line-ups of almost every optics producer and it is usually an expensive device, equipped with everything the best a given company has to offer. However, its price tag might be prohibitive to many amateur photographers.
Cons: slacks on the manual focus ring,, weak image quality on the edge of full frame,, very high lateral chromatic aberration and on both types of detectors to boot,, noticeable spherical aberration,, pronounced distortion at the ends of focal range on full frame,, high vignetting level on the bigger detector,, relatively slow autofocus,, weak price/quality ratio.
Excerpt: A standard zoom for FX format DSLRs covering wide angle to telephoto focal lengths without the size, weight or cost of f/2.8 equivalents. This lens costs around £520 and includes Nikon's second generation VR system and silent focusing with full time manual focus override. Can it really compete for quality with Nikon's professional lenses? We'll find out in this review.
Pros: Good sharpness in the centre throughout the zoom range, VRII stabilisation, Good build, Relatively compact and lightweight when compared to Nikon's other FX lenses
Cons: Distortion at both ends of the zoom range, Falloff of illumination towards the corners at maximum aperture
Summary: Thanks to the good qualities of the Nikon D600, the Nikon 24-85 mm has done well in this Nikon 24-85mm VR review. It is an attractive partner for the Nikon D600 in terms of size, weight, solid construction quality, built-in image stabilization, and relatively low price. Nevertheless, for demanding photographers (think of a Nikon D3X owner with a few fast fixed focal length lenses), there are a few issues emerging from our Nikon 24-85 mm review: the resolution at the...
Pros: High center resolution, Compact, attractively priced zoom lens with a widely used zoom range, Effectively integrated image stabilization
Cons: Edge focus remains behind on center resolution, Visible vignetting and distortion at shorter focal lengths, Susceptible to, Just visible chromatic aberration in RAW files