Reviews and Problems with Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S
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Compared to the 24-70 f2.8...
Rom, B&H Photo
3 weeks ago
Excerpt: I've been using this lens with my D600 for the past year. I've gotten some outstanding shots, but I started to wonder if I'm loosing something on my full frame 24mp. So I rented the flagship 24-70 f2.8 and shot about 1000 shots over a weekend. I'm happy to say that this cheaper Nikon is as good as the more expensive one for 95% of shooting situations. You may not get the glorified corner-corner sharpness, but then again who really needs that all the time?
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: The main limitation, common to zooms anyway, is distortion if you need to shoot architectural images. But for landscapes the limitation that has been noted is a bit more CA than other competing lenses. However, my copy has very little - less say than my Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 (which doesn't have a lot). It's also called soft in the extreme corners, but it isn't bad there and really, who but pixel peepers would care? It's a sharp lens.
Excerpt: I normally rent the 24-70 2.8 for specific projects but found that I needed a reasonably similar economical solution available onsite all the time; this lens fills that need for me. Its compact, reasonably sharp and the VR offsets the 3.5-4.5 max aperture limitation; works very well hand-held at lower speeds.
Pros: Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged
Cons: Minor Lens Distortion, Stiff Manual Handling
Excerpt: portrait and wedding... The crisp pictures just weren't there. I thought it was me until I took it to a professional photographer who quickly explained why it sucked. My pictures looked out of focus when zoomed in to 100 on photoshop. I bought a better quality lens, $1800 later, and finally got the quality I was looking for. Even with auto focus, this Nikon lens couldn't deliver the quality that I wanted.
Excerpt: This is a handy focal length to have and if you want this focal length there are few other choices for FX. I am using this on a D610. Size and weight are great. Color and contrast is good. VR is nice to have. Focus is accurate. It is sharp enough for most applications.<br /><br />IQ can be excellent or mediocre - and there lays the problem- inconsistent output. It's like the resolution isn't quite there for the D610 although it was a kit lens for this camera.