Further readings for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
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At less than half the price of the marginally wider, slightly faster Zeiss 24-70mm f4, this in-house Sony model looks like a tempting alternative, but can it meet the demands of the high-resolution sensor in the A7R? Read on to find out.
Following on the from the lens recommendations for the new mid-range DX format Nikon D5300, we’ve now completed the assessment of the full-frame Nikon Df. We’ve tested the camera with more than 90 Nikkor and third-party prime lenses and zooms to assess image quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses perform best when paired with the new camera.
Following on from the lens recommendations for the earlier full-frame Nikon D600, we’ve now had the opportunity to assess a wide range lenses with that model’s replacement, the 24-Mpix D610. We’ve analyzed a total of 95 Nikkor and third-party prime and zoom models with the D610 to assess image quality, and we’ve come across some unexpected results. Read onto find out more about that and which lenses perform best when paired with the camera.
Following on from our series of selecting the best lenses for the Nikon D800 with its potential for massively detailed images from the 36Mpix sensor, we’ve now turned our attention to that camera’s younger sibling, the 24Mpix D600.
Most manufacturers have a lens that gets bundled with their cameras to make a ‘Kit’, and Nikon is no exception, but when its full frame cameras are beginning to be accessible to the consumer market, the kit lens needs both coverage and quality to be an appropriate partner to the likes of a Nikon D600.
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.
Many thanks for the review. One question about these measurement: are the sharpness results reported for a certain distance taken from single spot or averaged over all points at that distance? The reason I'm asking is that I've used several copies of the lens and they all had unusualy high decentering with at least one of the quarters of the image looking much worse than the other ones. This is most obvious at the long end of the zoom and can be also seen in many other tests done online.
Great question, I hope you get an answer. My experience is that lenses aren't all 'perfect' they are arguably good, but some sort of 'averaging' analysis would be great, whether that is for different areas of the image or focus distance, or even different units.
The bottom line is that these analyses are good, and permit reasonable inter lens comparisons. On the basis of DxOMark's analysis for the Nikkor 24-85 VR, and a similar analysis of the Nikkor 24-120 f4 VR, there was no reason to go for the far more expensive 24-120. This was particularly the case when I was able to pick up an unopened 24-85 VR for about $900 less than the 24-120 from an individual who bought the D600 package with the free 24-85, and wanted to get some of his original purchase price back.
I'd love to see more detail on the testing procedure, but at some point you need to just move ahead and do the best with what you have and can afford.