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.
Excerpt: This lens offers average to inferior clarity on an Fx camera were focal tuning is necessary, and poor clarity on a Dx camera when lens tuning is not available. Color fringing is a given with this lens. It weighs a lot when attached to a small Dx camera. For Dx, the Sigma 18-250 Macro seems to have this Nikkor beat for weight, speed, colors, and IQ; while pricing the same as like new used.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
Summary: I bought this lens along with my new D610. Nikon 24-85 focuses fast and is very good when used outdoors. I have been contemplating buying this one or the more expensive 24-70 and eventually bought both. I use this one as walk around lens and the 24-70 indoors. THE PROS OF THIS LENS ARE FAST FOCUS: This lens focuses very fast. I also own a 24-70 2.8 Nikon.
Excerpt: This lens is not a good 'standard' lens. While color and clarity are good, this lens has significant edge distortion and vignetting. Given away 'free' with a new D600, it looked like a good deal, but as you can see from the pictures I've sent, it is a wide angle lens, and not the lens I would have picked for general photography. Auto-focus isn't all that fast, and this lens had to search a bit, but I'd blame that on the camera.
Excerpt: I bought this lens as a first step to move from my D7000 to a D600. I expected it would act on a DX body as a 36-127mm lens and be a little more fast than my 18-105 DX lens. Actually, the maximum zoom is less than the 18-105 DX, I don't know why. Second point: the zoom ring is too tight; not comfortable to adjust quickly. Other features are ok, but I feel I spent money for nothing, since I could not notice anything better than the old and cheaper 18-105 DX.
Pros: Nice Bokeh
Cons: Poor Maximum Zoom, Slow Focus, Zoom Ring Too Tight
Excerpt: Nice lens, not great. I wish all lenses had constant apertures.. I know, they'd be too expensive. That's what I mean by: good for what it is. I just raised the money to return this one and bought the 24-70 2.8(fixed aperture) instead. That lens I love, but I know, I'm reviewing the 24-85 3.5-4.5. If your goal is to take your craft to the next level, invest in a better lens. If you are resourceful enough and can only afford this lens, go for it.
Excerpt: Lens has a lot of light falloff around the edges, and does not go away until stopped down to nearly f8. Quite a bit of distortion at the wide angle end, and at the long end as well. Zoom ring is rather small to grasp with your fingers, and a bit tight to twist. Quite sharp in the center of the images, but slightly soft around the edges even when stopped down.
Excerpt: I got this lens from B&H and tested out on a D7000 Nikon body. I don't have FX yet. It's very sharp but watch out for a very stiff zoom ring (too stiff). This was the case with my copy. I am sending mine in for an exchange. Nikon both by phone and email support says that the zoom ring should not be that tight. It's tighter than any lens I've ever bought and I've bought many Nikon lenses. I hope that the replacement has no decentering or zoom problems.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Very Sharp
Excerpt: The lens is very sharp, I will give it that. However, my copy has typical Nikon consumer lens decentering, with left side perfect, right side all stretched and fuzzy looking at 24mm. 85mm does not show the problem. Barreling at 24mm and pincushioning distortion at 85mm is outright nasty. I so wanted to like this lens on my D700, but alas, it is not to be. My 16-35mm VR Nikkor trumps it fabulously at 24mm.