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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Awsome Kit Lens for Travel, Walkaround, General Purpose Photography
from Germantown, MD, USA
Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G ED VR Camera Lens:
I originally purchased this lens as part of a D600 kit to replace my aging D200 with the old 24-120mm VR lens. I wanted to get the camera with the newer 24-120mm f/4 lens, but unfortunately it was not available at that particular store so I went with the kit. I was never happy with the 24-120 as it tended to be a soft, lower contrast lens which required me to have to boost the sharpness and contrast when working with an image shot with this lens on both the older D200 and later purchased D300. I was hoping that the 24-85mm would give me better results in spite of it being a "kit" lens. The results I have been getting shooting with the original D600 and later D610 (which replaced the D600) exceeded my expectations. The lens is the perfect walk-around, travel and great general purpose lens which provides exceptional sharpness, contrast and color without the need to do extra processing of the image in either Photoshop or Lightroom. I've gotten great results regardless of the exposure range and the vibration reduction has allowed me to shoot as low as an 8th of a second hand-held with little or no reduction in sharpness. I've included a few examples below of shots taken with the lens to show what it is capable of. The lens also provides high quality conventional film images when mounted on my F100 which can fully accommodate all G-type lenses. While I do miss having the extra zoom range which I had with the 24-120, the overall quality provided by this lens has more than made up for that. If you are looking for a great lens at a great price, this one will fit the bill.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Just don't call it "kit"
from St. Louis, MO, USA
Took me a long time to get used to the idea of a lens being useful at f3.5-4.5 after spending the 70's as a pro with prime lenses. Never a zoom! When I got my FX body it 'came' with the 24-85 and I was not excited. But I must admit this lens has greatly exceeded my expectations. It is sharp throughout the range and the VR gets me the faster shutter speed I need to off-set the missing f-stops. As a "walk around" lens it is perfect, light and quick to focus -- plus it is not huge. Granted it does not make up for fast glass, I still use my 50 f1.8 and my 105 f 2 when I need the super shallow depth-of-field or am in a low light environment. But as an optical tool for an old fool, I was shocked -- I am not going back to the 70s!
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Highly versitle with superb focus range, reasonable size, and weight.
from Washington, DC area, USA
This is an incredibly useful and versatile lens for travel and general outdoor use. I could say that it is versatile enough that you might even consider having a dedicated camera body just for this lens. Normally I would not have bought this lens because of my dislikes about variable maximum aperture and absence of manual aperture ring (it being a "G" lens). Mine came as a kit lens deal with my D600. I figured, ok, I will try it once and sell it. However, after one trip with it on my D800 I was amazed at how well it performed and how versatile the lens proved to be. It has become a "go-to" lens for general travel and outdoor photography. Image quality is terrific. AF focus speed and accuracy are fine. Lens size and weight are big issues with me because I tend to carry a lot of gear (2 bodies, 6 or 7 lenses). I will tolerate carrying one large/ bulky lens in my kit (such as a favorite old manual 300mm or 400mm lens on a dedicated camera body) but I usually draw the line at that. I dislike carrying 2 bulky lenses at a time. That generally eliminates almost all AF zoom lenses. This one, however, hits the sweet spot in the areas of size, weight, and zoom range almost perfectly: not too large/heavy, easy to carry, extremely useful zoom range, easily fits in the camera bag. Dislikes (the reasons I did not rate this lens 5 stars): Variable maximum aperture. I always use manual or aperture priority. It bothers me to have the maximum aperture vary from 3.5 to 4.5 when I use lenses at or near their maximum aperture. I fully understand why variable max. aperture lenses exist, having designed some lenses myself. It is a "G" lens--no manual aperture ring. I guess that after 50+ years of using all-manual lenses, old habits die hard. But I am just not comfortable with the thumb-wheel aperture adjustment on the body instead of an aperture ring on the lens which lets me know by feel where the aperture is set. No backwards compatibility to my F, F2 or F3 film bodies (yes, I still use film regularly and love it). No depth of field (DOF) scale (as is true of all AF zoom lenses). I routinely use my MF lenses according to DOF or hyperfocal distance and do not depend on focus screen or electronic rangefinder. Makes life a lot easier. AF is not useful for my style of photography. Manual focus ring action is very nice but the ring is too narrow. Perhaps I am being unfair complaining about a "G" lens being a "G" lens, or a variable max. aperture lens being what it is. If that is so, and I admit it may well be, then I would have to say that if its features appeal to you, and my dislikes are of no concern, then the lens deserves a solid 5 star rating. Congratulations to Nikon.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great replacement for the 18-200
from Denver, CO
I have shot the 18-200 on my D7000 for the last three years, and even though the reviews have been somewhat neutral due to the size and weight of the 18-300, I purchased one. This lens is a tremendous improvement over the 18-200, especially the resolution at the 300 end of the range. I'm very impressed with the image quality, extremely low distortion, and color rendition. I love having a single lens (replacing my 18-200 and 55-300) with this one. I still am keeping my 10-24 superwide zoom, but I think the new 18-300 will be on my D7000 90% of the time. Great work Nikon!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great All Around Travel Lens
from San Diego, California
During a recent two week trip to Italy's Tuscany and Umbria, I seldom removed this lens from my Nikon D7000 camera body. This lens is amazingly sharp and offers brilliant color and contrast. Below is a photo of the Florence skyline taken with a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/7.1, a focal length of 28mm, an ISO of 100, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.
I purchased the lens about a month ago and it has been my go to lens for that quick shot. Great focusing and superb clarity.
The One Lens to Rule them All!!!
from Green Bay, WI, USA
Instead of going on some Get Away 25th wedding anniversary trip, my amazing husband bought this lens for me. I LOVE IT. I'm able to do everything without switching out lens. I haven't missed a single shot opportunity. It's a keeper! My husband too!
(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from Hot Springs, AR, USA
I picked up this lens after agonizing over another 24-70 f2.8 or the 24-120 f4. The lens goes on my D800e and I had my doubts as to how sharp the thing would be. Now that I have been using it for a while my doubts have faded away and I am really pretty happy with the lens. I do mostly nature of one type of another now and as a retired Commercial Photographer am pretty picky with how lenses (especially zoom lenses) perform. Being a old guy I am by definition "Old School". Used nothing but primes and medium and large format for years. But after having a 24-70 and and several others lately I am putting my faith in the zooms a bit more. Digital, aside from putting me out of work, opens up a whole field of possibilities. And with the advances of Photo Shop and Light Room as well as the Niff or Raw format, you have the freedom and the ability to use the zooms to great advantage. This zoom with its almost ideal range is a great go to lens when you don't want to carry a bunch of equipment around. The VR is useful and even this old codger is leaving the tripod in the SUV and taking the monopod instead. I shoot the D800e as if it were a 4x5 I may not make a print bigger than 16x20 but I like knowing that the ability is there for much bigger. This lens at around 5.6 -f8 is very capable of knocking out such prints. My hat's off to Nikon for making such wonderful equipment and making my retirement such a joy. The portability this lens affords makes getting there all that much easer. Because you have to go where the pictures are then the pictures will come to you.
Great walk around lens
I bought this lens, refurbished, to use with my new D610 as a general walk around lens. I have had it less than a month, but am very impressed with the sharpness and focusing speed. 24-85mm is the perfect range for street photography, candid portraits, and basic landscapes. I would recommend this lens for any photographer looking for a budget friendly walk around lens.
I really like this lens. I have a D5100 and had been using a Nikon 18-70 and a Nikon 55-300 as my lenses, which I was constantly changing, and in the process losing shots. I bought this about six months ago, and have used it in a variety of situations, including photographing receptions, photographing art show entries, taking pictures in nature, and some really close-up shots where I used it like a macro. It does an excellent job on all of these. It is heavy, but it is a wonderful all-purpose lens that gives the user many options of focal length to capture a wide range of photos.
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