A middle-of-the-line lens, the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR integrates an ED glass lens and three aspherical lenses, as well as a coating against flare. Its focal-length range extends from wide-angle to traditional lengths for taking portraits. The autofocus is driven by an ultrasonic (SWM) motorized internal focus (IF design). This lens’s lightness (465 grams) is particularly appreciated as a counterweight (so to speak) to the 830 grams of the APS-C reflex trans-standard lens announced at the same time, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.
The 24-85mm FX is being offered at 599 euros, an attractive enough sales price that may be a precursor to a medium-format camera that will be a bit more accessible to everyone than the D800.