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

Last Updated (17 June’12):
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Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor is a new FX-format zoom lens with a 24-85mm focal range, compact build and Vibration Reduction. The lens construction consists of 16 elements in 11 groups, including 1 ED and 3 aspherical lens elements. It has minimum focus distance of 38cm with an iris diaphragm which offers 7 rounded blades for a pleasing bokeh. The lens measures (Diameter x length) 78 x 82 mm/3.1 x 3.2 in. and weight 485 g/17.1 oz.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

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

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor and writes;
“It is capable of delivering sharp images with low CA, and although distortion is quite strong, it should be easily correctable in image editing software afterwards. The addition of Nikon’s VRII stabilisation should help when shooting at low shutter speeds in low light too.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMAG reviews the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor and writes;
“I used Imatest to measure the sharpness and distortion when the lens is paired with the D600. It exceeds the 1,800 lines per picture height required for a sharp image throughout its zoom range—notching 2,238 lines at 24mm, 2,090 lines at 50mm, and 1,900 lines at 85mm.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photozone reviews the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor and writes;
“The Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED is a very decent standard zoom. The resolution characteristics is very good throughout the zoom range and vignetting is very well controlled whereas distortions are about average for a lens in this class.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor and writes;
“The Nikon 24-85mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 VR is a capable kit lens, offering very good results on a D800 and excellent results on a D7000. While it isn’t the sharpest offering available for full-frame, it’s the most economical, making it the go-to option for someone wanting to get a full-frame lens without paying the premium price for a professional lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor and writes;
“Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots. Repeatability (the accuracy of focus on the same subject after repeated focus-acquisition) of this lens is excellent with no outliers over a series of 20 shots… The lens focuses reasonably fast: around 0.8 sec from infinity to 0.38m, from infinity to 0.85m it’s around 0.6 sec.”
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Photographylife reviews the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor and writes;
“Ghosting and flare are both handled well, definitely better than older lenses with limited or no coating, but not quite as good as some of the Nano-coated Nikkor lenses.”
rating: N/A reviews the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor and writes;
“this new lens works very well as a general-purpose FX zoom for outdoor photography, its best match could be some more-affordable FX-format DSLR in the future or the older FX-format D700, whose price varies from $1500 in the used market to $2300 new.”
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User Opinions

Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor User Reviews

Great Value and Extremely Versatile Little Lens
“this is an incredible lens for the intended use…lightweight, sharp, portable and versatile. A perfect complement to my D700 and D800 cameras (yes, the D800), when I want to go simple and light… I have no complaints so far. Wide open, it’s super sharp in the center and good towards the edges (extreme edges are nothing to write home about), but gets much better as you stop down. VRII works great.” – By Damien Feldspar
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent Choice for a Walk-Around Lens
“Color and contrast is very close between all the tested lenses and the 2485. The 2485 in general had more CA (purple fringing) than the other lenses, but nothing that couldn’t be easily corrected in post. The 2485 bokeh (quality of background blur) is–not unexpectedly–weak. I was embarrassed to compare it to any of these lenses. It was especially inferior to the 50 and 85mm primes, which have very good to excellent bokeh.” – By Gatorowl
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pretty good
“I’m pleased with this lens. Using a D700, it’s good at all focal lengths. There’s no need to stop down at 85mm but at 24mm things definitely improve starting around 5.6. I found f/7.1 looked the best to me. A few things to note. The front element is really exposed so if you don’t have anything 72mm laying around, I’d suggest getting a filter asap.” – By Coronet Blue
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nothing else in this class, timely release
“This is a great lens for the money and what Nikon needs to keep selling the D800 and the upcoming D600. A standard zoom that’s fast enough for a portrait, wide enough, and with VR for video–while not giving up sharpness is what allows one to pack that DSLR when it would normally be too bulky. No regrets here.” – By M. Mann
Rating: ★★★★★

This lens is a winner
“At 70mm performance was down when compared to the 70-200 F2.8 but still pretty good considering the price difference between this lens and the 70-200. If you are careful in setting your aperture, you will get very sharp results with the D800. Adding the VR into the mix makes this lens a keeper.” – By Thejohnz
Rating: ★★★★★

Very Pleased
“I was looking for a high quality general carry around for family photo’s on my D800.. I have been using this lens since its first day of issue and I remain very pleased – it gives one very sharp, good contrast and color plus VR. It is a pleasure.” – By Zeb
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic lens, but you lose a stop or so
“Great, lightweight lens. Perfect as a walkaround because of its weight and size. Bokeh makes distracting shapes when the background is high-contrast in value or color. It’s not very noticeable in most cases but on rare occasion rears its ugly head. Luckily, the vibration reduction is great and makes up for the lost light. I’d still recommend the lens.” – By Samuel D. Nielson
Rating: ★★★★☆

New Nikon Zoom
“Though there is some distortion that can be handled by Photoshop the latest Nikon firmware update contains the corrective lens profile needed. Having said that the lens handles beautifully and makes for a nice normal carry around, walk about street lens.” – By Edward G. Dickau
Rating: ★★★★★

Good standard zoom
“The 24-85vr weighs less than half as much as that pro lens(and is not as weather-sealed), has similar sharpness stopped down, is(on average) one stop slower, and costs less than a third the price of the 24-70.” – By Robert Lee
Rating: ★★★★★

Best kit lens I’ve ever owned
“I just upgraded to a full frame camera so I needed the zoom lens to go with it. This is certainly the best kit lens I’ve ever owned, and admittedly the most expensive. I have taken some great shots with it so far. Great clarity.” – By yourtendermoments
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent and highly recommended
“Vibration Reduction is essential for sharp pix with 24MP D600 or 36MP D800 but Nikon offers only a few VR full frame lenses. I have the VR 105 Macro and the VR 16-35 wide zoom but they are both so big and heavy. So this one is a must-have. Zoom lenses are said not to be as sharp as prime lenses but who cares – so much more convenient for fast shooting. Reasonably priced. Highly recommended.” – By Doctor.Generosity
Rating: ★★★★★

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

The Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor allows users to capture sharper photos and videos by offering zoom range that cover a versatile wide angle to medium telephoto, and comes with the second-generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II). It is ideal for users who want a great lens that offers the freedom to shoot a wide variety of travel, landscapes, interiors, group shots and more.


Lens Construction

The Lens Features:

Vibration Reduction

It is the Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction technology which automatically reduce the blur effects caused by camera shake. It ensures the lens is able to capture sharp photos and videos.

Nikon Silent Wave Motor

It is a significant innovation in AF lens technology which use an ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations to focus the lens, making incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

M/A Focus Mode Switch

This feature allows users to use M/A focus mode by simply rotate the lens focus ring, thus the lens will be switches without time lag.


It is an Aspherical lens elements which utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.

Super Integrated Coating

This feature allows the lens to enhance light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduce lens flare.

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion Glass)

This feature enables the lens provides ability to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

IF Lens

It is a NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing.

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