Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G ED VR and Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G review

By Ben Boswell - Tuesday April 30 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Measurements | Comparison | Conclusion


The VR version of Nikon’s standard zoom is being sold as a kit lens with the D600. At the time of writing, the lens has not been measured on the D600 so the scores all relate to the D800. The scores achieved for the D800 suggest that in this case the lens is the limiting factor in the system so it seems fair to predict that the scores will not be much different when we test the lens on the D600.

The DxOMark score for the VR lens is 22, just one point ahead of the IFED, sharpness is 13P-Mpix against 14, favoring the IFED while Chromatic aberration at 12µm against 14µm favors the VR lens. Looking at the various graphs the results are so close that you might think you were looking at the same lens. Generally, the scores are quite good, Chromatic aberration is well controlled and sharpness is reasonably consistent except for a dip at the edges between the 50mm and 70mm settings. However, the lens does vignette quite noticeably, losing over 2 stops in the corners when used at maximum aperture and at either end of the zoom range.


At 1/3 field, (not the centre) this is really not bad for a ‘kit lens’