Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8-4 IF AF-D Nikkor Lens with Hood - U.S.A. Warranty


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About Nikon 24-85mm

Please Note: Will not work Auto Focus with the D40, D60 and D5000 cameras.

The Nikon 24-85mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Travel, Weddings and more.The Nikon 24-85mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro photographer among others.The Nikon 24-85mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 24-85mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (30),Lightweight (21),Consistent output (19),Strong construction (17),Easily interchangeable (16),Durable (13),Rugged (9),Nice bokeh (8),Clear glass (4),Simple controls (4),Easily mounted (3)
Heavy (5),Poor in low light (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (25),Weddings (12),Low light (10),Macro photography (10),Sports/action (7),Wildlife photos (5),Night photography (4),Photojournalism (4),Travel (4),General purpose (3),Documentary (3),Fun (3) Video (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (16),Semi-pro photographer (10),Pro photographer (7)

Nikon 24-85mm Features

  • Wide to telephoto 3.5x zoom lens ideal for landscape, full length portraits, travel and portrait photographs
  • Maximum Reproduction Range (R:R) at 85mm is ½ (1:2) Life Size
  • Filter attachment does not rotate during focusing or zooming
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at 24m setting is ideal for available light shooting or Slow/Rear flash sync techniques

Nikon 24-85mm Specifications

11 Groups/ 15 Elements
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
1.6 feet
Maximum Magnification
1:2 at 85mm
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.2 x 3.1 in.
Approx. 19.2 oz
Ed glass elements

Nikon 24-85mm Reviews

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(based on 93 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Versatile Lens

This lens does a little bit of almost everything and it's super sharp. It is the go-to walking around lens on my D7000.


Most Liked Negative Review



I'm using this on my D700 and at 24mm it vignettes like there's no tomorrow! It's practically unusable, starts getting better around 25mm and ok around 40mm.

Reviewed by 93 customers


Excellent low cost choice for both DX and FX


from North Carolina  -  Semi-pro Photographer

On my DX this lens was superb. I lost a little at the Wide end but gained a great deal in sharpness. Excellent performer on my FX for the price. 85mm extremely sharp and very good for macro work.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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!




from ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have just began to use this lens and it works great. It is now the lens that is always on my camera, easy to use, sharp. Switching to marco is easy to do. It is a heavy lens, heaviest one I own, due to the great build.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I thought it was inadequate.


from Pismo Beach Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

portrait and wedding... The crisp pictures just weren't there. I thought it was me until I took it to a professional photographer who quickly explained why it sucked. My pictures looked out of focus when zoomed in to 100 on photoshop. I bought a better quality lens, $1800 later, and finally got the quality I was looking for. Even with auto focus, this Nikon lens couldn't deliver the quality that I wanted.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Is It A Keeper??


from Sierra Vista Az  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a handy focal length to have and if you want this focal length there are few other choices for FX. I am using this on a D610. Size and weight are great. Color and contrast is good. VR is nice to have. Focus is accurate. It is sharp enough for most applications. IQ can be excellent or mediocre - and there lays the problem- inconsistent output. It's like the resolution isn't quite there for the D610 although it was a kit lens for this camera. I personally would not use this lens for an important event. It has been ok for casual group activities, street photography, cityscapes and family activities. For landscapes and portraits carry other lenses. PS- I found this lens to be an improvement over the 24-120 f 4.




from SRINGFIELD, IL  -  Pro Photographer



Wonderful lens


from Circle Pines, MN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens fits my needs and captures very sharp images.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great All Purpose Lens


from Houston, Tx  -  Pro Photographer

I love this lens! It's a great all purpose lens. I've used it for everything from outside portraits, event photos, group shots and low light. It's a real bargain!


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Shopper  FX format capable?
LARRY R  The short answer is yes. You might want to take a look at the specs on the Nikon Store website under standard zoom lenses to confirm for yourself.
NAM N  is this len full frame ?
LARRY R  I think the answer to this question is dependent on the body the lens is mounted to, e.g., it would be "full frame" on, say a D700, but would be "cropped" on a D90.
Shopper  How would this lens pair with a D300?
GEORGE S  This lens will be fully compatible only with Nikon bodies (including the D300) that have an AF motor built in. The D300 would be using only about 44% of the full-frame coverage of this lens, so you would not be able to take advantage of the wide-angle coverage this lens provides for a full-frame body: at the wide end, the 1.5X crop factor amounts to a 35-mm full-frame equivalent focal length. I would recommend buying this lens new only if you also intend to use it on a Nikon film camera. (However, if you can get it used from a reliable source at a very good price, then go for it.) Otherwise consider these alternative Nikkor lenses: 1) If you intend to purchase an FX (full-frame) digital camera in the future and want a lens that will work with both FX & DX bodies, then consider the new model Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S G VR, which is less expensive, has vibration reduction, and is probably sharper. (Look for reviews on the internet, such as Ken Rockwell.) 2) If you expect to use only Nikon DX-format bodies (such as the D300) with this lens, then a better choice would be the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S G VR. It's less expensive, has vibration reduction and much wider-angle coverage, and (according to reviews I have read) is sharper and has less distortion.
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