AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Review

Friday June 15 2012

Lens Review
AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Review

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.

Price and availability

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.

Principal characteristics

  • Focal length: 24–85mm
  • Zoom range: 3.5x
  • Maximum aperture: f/3.5–4.5
  • Nikon VR lens image stabilization
  • Circular diaphragm with 7 leaves
  • 3 aspherical lenses
  • 1 ED glass element
  • SWM ultrasonic motor and IF design
  • Minimum focus distance: 38cm at all focal lengths
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.22x
  • Filter diameter: 72mm
  • Lens diameter: 78mm
  • Lens length: 82mm
  • Weight: 465 grams
  • Price: 599 euros (tax included)